2009-09-25 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors Signals Fall Fishing

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

East winds and falling water temperatures signal one thing in the minds of fishermen; fall is here.

Fall is a much anticipated season as anglers live through the summer doldrums expecting migratory runs of fish moving along the coast. Locally the inshore scene has been good, when conditions are favorable. Bluefish, Albies and Bonita have been somewhat predictable as they chase baitfish around Breezy Point.

On Monday morning, Anthony and friends aboard the Karen Ann did some light tackle fishing and were rewarded with some stripers into the 15 pound range and some jumbo blues. Diamond jigs accounted for most of the fish. Sand eels, a traditional baitfish in our area, seemed to have made a comeback.

Funny thing about the fall; jetties and beaches vacant at dawn now have surfcasters wandering about launching lures into the surf.

They seem to appear out of nowhere and then when the sun's high they disappear, retreating to whereever they come from. For over 40 years I have seen these silhouettes sprouting up from the rock pile at Breezy's inlet. Some are recognizable with their signature cast and apparel. I often wonder how many times have I seen them. They may be a little weathered but nonetheless they are there.

September is winding down. With October right around the corner fishing should improve. I think this fall we are in for a treat. By the end of October, we will have one of the best runs in the past few years.

Porgy fishing is still on a high note with some big "pork chops" feeding along the Rockaway reef and local wrecks in the area. By catches of blackfish beginning to appear so when the season opens the fishing should be good.

The back bay has also seen some life. Whatever bunker schools are around seem to be located by blues and schoolie bass.

Offshore bluefin tuna are bending rods from the mudhole out toward the canyons. The fish are hitting jigs and hook baits. On any given day there can be up to one hundred boats on the grounds, reminiscent of the old days in the canyon. Some days it's quite a show; whales, tuna all showing on the surface.

My fall line-up will be the same fish until the end, so until the next tide …

Captain Vinnie can be visited at KarenAnncharters.com or call for reports at 516-728-6952.

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