2009-02-27 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Codfish are once again the "winter king". One only needs to read the fishing reports out of Montauk to see these much heralded winter combatants are back.

The fishing is so hot that reservations are needed on most of the east end boats targeting them. I was lucky enough to get some fillets from Captain Eddie Parker, who by the way will be joining Captain Rich and myself aboard the Karen Ann this Spring.

I'm jonesin' to catch a few stripers. Hopefully, they'll be on track and follow the schools of bait into the back bay soon. My guess is that on Easter week the bunker will show up and the bass won't be too far behind.

Traditionally, March 16 marks the arrival of flounders to our bay, but then again, that has been another questionable fishery as of late.

Blustery winds and colder air temperatures made for another week of unfavorable fishing conditions. Along the beaches, skimmer clams were just about everywhere, not a bad time to stock up and shuck a few if you have the freezer space. So that is where we are at. For the moment, Mother Nature is turning the corner slowly and when the fish will come once again, we'll be in our element.

Until the next tide…

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