2010-02-12 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Bluefin tuna on a popper. Sweet! Bluefin tuna on a popper. Sweet! Locally some codfish have sprouted up as evidenced by the most recent trips of head boats out of Sheepshead Bay. Is it Block Island, no; is it a two hour plus car ride and then a few to the grounds, no.

What it is, is a slow but interesting comeback to a fishery that was almost extinct in these parts, which began somewhat over the past few seasons, let me explain.

Without intentionally targeting codfish some would inadvertently wind up on the end of your line while blackfishing. And then more frequently cod would hit the deck, to a point where one would bring along the soft bait, clam not usually associated with blackfish, just in case. Well those just in case moments happened more frequently and well you get the point.

My friend and colleague Captain Ed Parker of the Karen Ann fleet had a nice pick working the offshore pieces on Friday probably better than fifty cod, with about a dozen or so keepers among the bunch. For February that isn’t too bad.

Changing latitude and longitude Ilea, who makes his second home aboard my boat, made a trip down to North Carolina this past week. There he and some of his pals did the tuna thing, sight casting to bluefin tuna with poppers and jigs.

These were quality fish two hundred pounds plus and when they hit a surface popper it’s without a doubt a thrilling experience to say the least. So we are already into February and the fish just keep on coming.

LB pretty soon the bass will be here. Well until the next tide …

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