2009-04-10 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

When one thinks of tough guys, images of John Wayne, perhaps Charles Bronson, or maybe even Vin Diesel to be a bit more contemporary, come to mind.

But flounder fishermen? Well consider opening day and the subsequent days to follow with rain, winds from the east and the cold. It didn't put these diehards off their game a bit. Hey there's strong and then there's flounder pounder strong.

Even with water temperatures in the low to mid-forties, some flatties are showing up. Give it a few days of consecutive warm weather, and we may just get a run in Jamaica Bay. Saturday was another instant replay of the recent weather, while on Sunday we got a little tease of sunshine. However the week up until this writing has been typical of April; wet and cold. I've been down the boat yard and around the bay over the past few days to see if any signs of life are showing, and it seems pretty tranquil.

Up in the back, Woodmere and Rosedale, there seems to be a herring population. If it holds, which it usually does for a while, it wouldn't be a bad place to look for early season bass.

Bunker schools are also showing more frequently; some slaps in Shell Bank Creek and by the North Channel Bridge. On the ocean side, some bait movement off of the beaches from 80th Street east. So for the moment, the clock continues to click as things get ready to start.

There have been some stripers caught and released from the shore. Mostly shorts, at least the ones I've heard of. Keep in mind that season opens April 15. Just a reminder, any doubts as to what is the current regulations, you can check them out on the N.Y.D.E.C. website.

The flounder population seems to be spread throughout the bay, now if we just get some fishable conditions for a few days it might build. Coming off this, full moon life should start to show. Most of my week was spent doing what most fishermen do at this time of year; check out my tackle spool fresh line on my reels and so on. So until the next tide….

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