2009-12-25 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Returning from a blackfish trip down Long Branch on Friday I couldn’t help but stop and admire a school of dolphin maybe one mile in length, escorting us on the way back to port. Majestic animals to say the least, my crew and I hung out for a while and just took in the day. George commented on this December day as we all did, unaware of the weather to come Saturday afternoon, but that’s fishing being on the water enjoying the day. Blackfish boats could be seen on this clear day from Long Branch up towards the Highlands reef and east to Seventeen fathoms. The head boats pretty much railed as anglers look to get their last licks in prior to the storm. The day was crisp, the breeze northwest light, nice sea conditions.

Gliding along the ocean on this crisp December afternoon my mind drifted to and from the different memorable trips throughout the season. Recalling the mornings in May as we anxiously pursued striped bass, it was a good time and as a season of memories draws to an end, one can’t help but wonder what 2010 will bring.

Blackfishing was strong over the week, Seventeen fathoms the most reliable drop for the moment. Water temperatures continued to dip, on the surface in the mid-forties was common. This fishing should hold up for the time being, as long as the weather allows us to get out there.

To all, have a blessed and Merry Christmas, and happy holidays. Until the next tide …

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