2009-06-26 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

George and his friends from Brooklyn celebrated Father's Day aboard the Karen Ann, landing fish into the mid-thirties on a morning trip. Despite the less than favorable conditions, the fish chewed and all were happy. Earlier in the week, the bay produced bass, weakfish and blues for those fishing throughout, in and among the bunker schools and in various structures north and south of the bay. Jamaica Bay slowed down a bit from previous weeks although up until Saturday, the fishing remained strong.

Several mornings catches of twenty or more keeper bass were common with a sprinkling of weaks and bluefish mixed in. Regarding blues and schoolie stripers, the channel running parallel to Floyd Bennett has seen consistent, birds working the fish each morning. No doubt, fish moved through the Pumpkin Patch. Moving right along, bluefish in numbers are offshore and the fleet out of Sheepshead Bay has been targeting them. Thresher shark pups in the ten to forty pound range are cruising the inshore waters; I hooked and released a few this weekend around the rips off of Breezy.

Down south off of Shark River Inlet, the ocean is inundated with bunker schools being fed upon by some hefty bass forties, which are not uncommon, and some in the fifties have hit the decks.

Fourteen to twenty miles south of the point is their whereabouts. Live large, put some fuel in the tank and go trophy hunting. Debbs Inlet is no stranger to bunker schools either. It's hit and miss on the bass to the east but it is definitely worth spending the time around the inlet to the east of ours. Bottom fishing took a hit this week what with the high winds and rainfall. But as of Tuesday things started to settle down. Okay I'm outta here; Until the next tide

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