2009-12-04 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

As we say farewell to November, hope fully as the month goes so will the winds. Gale force winds have been belt ing the area for most of this fall; with these conditions one waits and gets a lick in when conditions allow. From Sunday through Tuesday, the winds backed down enough to make things interesting.

Blackfish were caught with some fish into the low teens in weight being boat - ed by local anglers on Sunday. That was almost to be expected as the rocks, reefs and local wrecks got a few days break with the winds from the days be - fore. Captain Ed Parker of the Karen Ann had a good trip on Monday catching his limit for Ken and his guest.

I made three trips as of this writing, targeting the bluefin tuna that showed up off of Jersey around ten miles south of Breezy Point; three unsuccessful trips I might add. Actually on Satur day, one angler did hook up aboard my boat that was a quick moment as the hook pulled and the fish bid us goodbye. The tuna ranging in size from six ty to one hundred pounds plus are pretty abundant for the moment, but that could change in a heartbeat. The fishing is often times exciting as the fish breach crashing on surface baitfish.

Striped bass fishing seems to have its moments and Saturday along the Jersey coast the fishing was excellent. Mix ed in with the bass were some jum - bo blues all apparently feeding on sand - eels. Reports of bunker schools from Point Pleasant all the way northeast to Rockaway seem to confirm that the fall run is in full gear, albeit a month late.

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