2010-03-12 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Winter tuna off the Carolinas. Winter tuna off the Carolinas. It seems that off this months full moon the winter storms are beginning to subside, and with the recent run of milder weather one can only hope it will continue. Milder days and warming temperatures, before you know it we’ll be flounder fishing in the back bay.

Codfish continue in numbers off Montauk and Rhode Island, most days boats are limited out by mid morning. In our local inshore waters codfish are also popping up in some of the same spots they frequented thirty years ago. This déjà vu of cod brings back many memories when this fishery was new and exciting to my friends and me as young anglers. It brings to mind the thought that fishing parallels life in the sense both are journeys and have their ups and downs, good cycles and bad.

It was a cold winter; even southern coastal areas not known for winter did in fact have some of the unexpected cold snaps. Southern Florida especially in the shallows had a big fish kill; hardest hit were snook and tarpon. Offshore the deeper bodies of water fish seemed to handle it better.

For those unable to attend last week’s rally in Washington D.C., fishermen, commercial and sporties in numbers estimated at 3000 or more united, and with local politicians on board tried to revisit the Magnuson Act.

As I stated in past columns, current rules and regulations along the coastal states are inconsistent and impose hardships on the fishing community. We are talking about people’s livelihoods and natural resources; suffice to say it is a delicate topic. Senator Charles Schumer from New York ad-dressed the group and was sympathetic as one could expect to their concerns and needs.

Hopefully this will shed new light on this topic.

Friends from the bay have been hitting the hot tuna fishing off North Carolina, as the bluefin tuna continue to invade the Gulf Stream. On any given day fish to 200 plus pounds are boated. Inshore the striper fishing off of Cape Hatteras is also a pleasant winter treat. Well until the next tide …

Captain Vinnie can be reached at 516-728-6952 or via the Internet at www.karenanncharters.com

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