2009-05-22 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Fran from Rockaway holds up a nice 35- pound fish Fran from Rockaway holds up a nice 35- pound fish The stock market may be down, but here's some impressive numbers; Monday night aboard the charter boat Karen Ann, Captain Rich caught bass up to forty-one pounds, plus some fish in the thirties.

A seventeen pound weakfish was weighed in at Cross Bay bait, tackle caught by yours truly and that was followed by another fifteen pounder. There are definitely some world class weakfish in Jamaica Bay.

Hopefully these big sea run trout will hang around for a while. Traditionally they invade the bay this time of year and skilled anglers pop a few.

Bunker schools can be seen each morning being corralled by bass and blues on either side of the bay. Life is good fishing continues to build to a crescendo, and once again people are enjoying the bounty from Jamaica Bay.

Up front at the "big jetty" Breezy Point bass are no stranger to its rips. The head boats out of Sheepshead Bay have been doing some numbers of their own. Bluefish are voracious and have been giving anglers fits and enjoyment as they chomp on baits.

These are some pretty big blues several tipping the scales in the mid teens. Shore bound anglers are also getting their licks in as they wade along the base of the North Channel Bridge and Rockaway beaches.

What more can you say? Well you can say fluke and porgies. The fluke regulations this year are handcuffing the fishermen. With the numbers landed, there have been some mini mats caught. To the east, I spoke with friends on Shelter Island and they have had some nice porgies.

At the moment, the ocean is alive and isn't that what we look forward to. These cool temperatures won't last for long, but they'll undoubtedly prolong the action in the bay.

Well that's it for now. I'm headed down to the boat. Tight lines….

To arrange a charter, log onto www. karenanncharters.com or give me a call at 516-728-6952.

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