2009-03-13 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

It's location, location, location and for the moment, Montauk seems to be as hot as a pistol with the cod fishing. Friends of mine have been making the trek out east to get in on this action. It has been a pretty consistent "bite" with quality fish and lots of them.

Captain Mike Wasserman, a long time friend who runs the Captain Lou out of Freeport, hung a left turn due east last week and made the run to the East End fishing grounds. There were plenty of cod for his customers and a boat ride/excursion on top of that, it doesn't get any better. Mike said he'll probably be doing that run on a regular basis, so you might want to give him a call for the details at 516- 369- 1646.

I took advantage of the mild weekend weather by doing some much needed boat maintenance and tried to get ahead of my workload. The usual upgrades installing electronics, fresh bottom paint you get the picture.

The day began around 5 a.m., and by mid-morning, some of my entourage began mulling around. These "fishaholics" put a little work in with me. Subsequently, I had to feed them. Most of them were averaging 260 pounds and it meant Captain Vin was dipping into his pockets on this one.

Lunch lasted for about two and a half, maybe three hours, so that pretty much put any hopes of making progress with the boats to rest. I must admit they did eat enthusiastically.

The fish should start stirring around in our backyard soon. The April first flounder pounders get their shot, and then on the fifteenth, the striped bass season opens.

No, I didn't stutter. I said the SB word; striped bass. The bass should make the run up along the beaches and into the bay as they put on the feedbag. Usually bluefish and an occasional weakfish will be mixed in. Much of our run is predicated on bait movement, and one can only hope the bunker will be abundant. I guess I'll have to give the old "Cheach" a call and get the latest vibe.

To briefly acquaint new readers with "Cheach", he is my bass guru. He and I launched many a pencil popper back in the day. I'll be starting up for flounders and bassin'. You can give me a buzz at 516-728 6952. Until the next tide…

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