2009-05-15 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Bassin' in Jamaica Bay. Bassin' in Jamaica Bay. This early run on stripers is something else. The stripers, the amount of bluefish and a sprinkling of weakfish are just what the doctor ordered.

The bass are pretty much spread out throughout Jamaica Bay for the moment. Early morning working the bunker schools seems to be fairly successful; the schools are prevalent on both sides of the bay from Inwood up Woodhull into Howard Beach.

Anglers can approach the fishing in a variety of ways: anchoring on structure the various bridges and drop offs throughout the bay, drifting with the schools and trolling artificials. All of these techniques seem to produce at different times, so be prepared to adjust. Bluefish are abundant and can be seen crashing through the schools of baitfish.

The party boats and sporties did a bang up job on them off of Kingsborough College over the weekend, moving with the schools as they rode the tide south into the tin can grounds and channels along Rockaway Inlet. Diamond jigs were the weapons of choice.

Steve, a good friend, fished aboard the Flamingo and managed to cull out a nice keeper bass amongst the blues. Night tides are equally productive with some quality fish landed by Captain Rich of the charter boat fleet Karen Ann. Monday morning, Carmine and friends celebrated his birthday with their limit of bass into the mid-twenties aboard one of our boats.

Moving to the east, Andy called to give me the heads up on what is happening out of Jones Inlet. Decent bass being caught on clam working the clam dredge boats and also up on the bars at the mouth of the inlet.

Due west fishing picked up in Great Kills and toward Old Orchard Lighthouse. Steve from N'oreast touched base with me on Sunday, giving me the heads up on that bite. Well I'm going down to the boats hopefully to wet a line. Until the next tide …

Visit captains Vinnie, Rich and Ed 3on line at www.KarenAnncharters. com or call me at 516-728-6952.

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