2009-09-11 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Steve at work. Steve at work. Last week's full moon saw some good striper action up front in the rips off of Breezy Point. Aboard the charter boat Karen Ann, a night trip with friends saw some keeper bass into the mid teens. Mixed in with the bass were some jumbo blues.

Northeast winds inva-ded the area making for undesirable sea conditions. However, the bay was fishable and the reports of porgies seemed pretty good. The stanchions of the Gil Hodges Bridge had a mini fleet of boats working them with some jumbo porgies being caught.

The bay's various wrecks and structures probably all have some life on them and would be worth investigating. Weakfish being the moody fish that they are remained unpredictable, but those drifting and anchoring in and about Mill Basin and Beach Channel High School caught some.

A good bet would be to locate the peanut bunker and work those areas. Bluefish have also been showing up off the college jigs and small poppers being tossed at them by the locals.

The light tackle buffs have been getting their licks in with Bonita and occasionally Albies. They are great when landed on the right tackle. These fish have a dedicated group of anglers who specifically target them with fly rods and ultra light tackle. Almost every morning there's a small armada chasing them.

Bluefish boats out of Sheepshead Bay have also been doing well running south toward the grounds off of Jersey.

For a change of scenery, I have one of my boats up in the sound and I've been catching some porgies - the action's pretty good. Hopefully this current weather pattern won't be the norm for the fall. If it is, things will be difficult for boaters. But then again, the surfcasters will get their licks in. So until the next tide …

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