2009-06-05 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Well the fishing in the bay had its moments this past week, rebounding with both the size of the stripers landed and the quantity. Bunker schools began to shrink somewhat throughout the bay with the largest concentrations being near Speed Creek and Shell Bank Creek on the north side and Silver Hole and vicinity on the south side.

Bass, blues and weakfish hung around the schools of bait working them over at dawn and dusk, at times putting on quite a display. There's nothing like a block-long school of bunker with fish erupting through them to get one's juices flowing.

The cooler weather and rainfall kept the bay temperatures down and that's a good thing, ordinarily when the

Scholars Outwrestles Opponents

The Scholars Academy wrestling team ended their season on a high note on Saturday, May 16 at the Beat the Streets Novice Wrestling Tournament at City College of New York. Scholars had seven out of the 10 wrestlers entered into the competition wind up as winners.

Guy Barfield (104 pounds) and Tyrone Irving (185 pounds) each won first place. Vikash Samaroo (98 pounds), Yarden Flatow (107 pounds), and Damien Singh (130 pounds) each medaled in second place. Zachary Molino (67 pounds) won a third place medal. Scholars Academy would like to thank Mr. Flatt and the entire wrestling team for a great achievement. water temps spike the fish make an exodus into the cooler waters of the ocean. For now the fish are content staying close to home.

We had some decent catches of bass, aboard the Karen Ann fleet, some hovering in the low thirty-pound range which gave our customers and tackle a good workout. The fishing had no specific pattern although as predictable as it can be dawn and dusk saw the best action.

Fluke also showed up but for me it was an exercise in futility, no lack of fish just the amount of keepers. The new regulations really handcuff the amount of fish making it to the table. Hopefully these regs will give the fishery a shot in the arm, but in lieu of the fact that bordering states don't abide by the same size and quotas that remains to be seen.

Up front the jig boats out of Sheepshead and Dead Horse Bay saw some spectacular jigging over the weekend. Some of my informants/ friends filled me in on their catches. From the Breezy Point jetty toward West Bank bluefish inhaled diamond jigs tossed at them, quality fish at that.

Surfcasters also got their licks in with both the bay and beach producing.

Just a little side note: Sunday night saw some horrific winds whip through the bay along the 116 Street wall on the bayside. Captain Rich and the crew of the Karen Ann rescued a vessel in distress and prevented a disaster to say the least.

Until the next tide ...

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