2009-07-31 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Off this moon, the fishing still held up around our area. The early morning bassin' seems to be fairly consistent, except on those mornings when the wind blew hard leaving us at the dock, sipping a coffee and telling some fish tales in the wheelhouse. Basically all fish stories are pretty much the same. And as time fades, the memories of the fish become larger and more plentiful. But then again, isn't that the case with most events.

Okay back to the bay for a moment, the water temperatures are relatively cool. It's hovering around the mid- 70s and lower in the ocean. A little unusual for this time of year, but as anyone can see, the weather's been just that this season. Where's the bunker?

The schools that a few weeks ago were so plentiful are now gone. Either the strong winds and the rainfall had an impact on them, or they just up and left. Not a good thing. So much of our fisheries depend on bait movement, so this will most definitely affect what's to come. Amazing how from day to day the scenario can change. Even up front, the bait along the ocean beaches and out to 30 feet of water has become a little sparse.

Saturday morning, Burt and his friends put away a mess of big stripers aboard the Karen Ann. Early morning dawn bite on live bunker. It doesn't get any better. On Monday four respectable bass were landed by Avee just in from Israel. Nice job.

George and Rob did the canyon run this past Sunday and were rewarded with two bluefin in the 60-80 lbs. range. Trolling ballyhoo and other plastic baits. Apparently there is some tuna cruising around and that should improve off this next moon. They also bagged a few dolphins amongst the offshore debris. Up front some morning's birds are up circling the schools of sand eels that have made a bit of a comeback. Here and there some blues and bass blast through them.

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