2009-09-18 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

The end of last week saw some brutal northeast winds push through our area. The seas were pretty much unfishable. Although the bay had a little life at the beginning of this week, up in the back toward Charles Park bluefish began locating the peanut bunker.

Surfcasters and boaters alike targeted them with bait and surface lures. By the middle of the week porgies took clam baits on the Rockaway reef, as well as local wrecks and structures inside and out of the bay. Sporadic schools of bass, bonito, and blues popped up in and around the inlet, mostly jig fish, schoolie size bass and blues.

I made three trips to the North Fork fishing Orient Point twice with stripers up to the low thirties on live eels in Plum Gut. I also did some bottom fishing out around Huntington with decent porgy action to show for my efforts.

Montauk surfcasters had some excellent fishing over the weekend as the N'oreast winds spunked up the beach activity. Surfcasters working the lighthouse and Hither Hills had good fishing. Sand eels moved into the area and the bass followed close by. Friends of mine, Alex and James, caught and released bass into the upper teens. White bucktails and diamond jigs accounted for most of the fish.

The fall seems to be coming together, and if the winds and weather patterns give us a break it should result in improved fishing.

Until the next tide …

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