2009-05-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Spring Stripers. Spring Stripers. Bassin' 's like good lovin'. You can never get enough. With that thought, all I can say is the striper fishing in our Jamaica Bay is, well, in a word no make those two words, outta sight!

I'll give you a quick recap of the weekend and past few days. The fishing began to improve after Saturday mornings squall. Aboard the Karen Ann, we sat sipping coffee as the storm blew through around 5 a.m. During our brief respite, the crew and guest were engaged in some rather lofty conversation.

The diversity of the dialogue ranged from the economy, to unemployment, dancing with the stars, and netting bait. And although my fellow fishermen transformed my wheelhouse into a think tank, when the topic revolved around netting bunker I, who hold a PHD in the matter, took over. Anyway the storm passed and we did what we were born to do, catch fish.

The bay at the moment is alive with fish. Striped bass, and some rather husky bluefish are here and here in force. The bass that I have been catching on average are in the low to mid teens with an occasional fish in the twenties.

Even the bluefish remind me of the "gators" we caught back in the seventies and eighties down Norton's Point; eight to twelve pounders, good fish on live or chunked bunker. The fish for the most part are hard on the bunker schools, albeit some are lingering on the bottom foraging behind and beneath gulping down scraps or the remains of bluefish decimated bunker.

The good fishing continued as of this writing, with limits and releases for those aboard my boats most of the week.

Toward the southwest part of the bay, night boats have been picking some bass along the Runway channel next to Floyd Bennett Field. Around the turn by Nova Scotia bar bass and blues have been up almost every morning at dawn. They are also around the South Channel Bridge and vicinity.

Shore based anglers are also doing their thing. Along the wall from the bridges to the Coast Guard station, one needn't drive too far to see rods bending in every direction.

One local friend of mine, Dom, picked up some fresh bunker from Tom's CITGO and had a decent pick of blues with some bass mixed in around 116 Street. He didn't fish too long before running out of bait. My advise to him — bring more bunker. And that's the key for success — fresh bunker.

Well, finally, the fishing scene is coming into its own.

Until the next tide … Contact Captain Vinnie at 516-728 6952.

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