2010-03-19 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

It won’t be long now; stripers are on the move. It won’t be long now; stripers are on the move. The Hudson River in the vicinity of Piermont has been yielding some stripers to those fishing from shore. The majority of the fish are schoolies, but a few respectable keepers are being caught and released to make the trip worthwhile. Bloodworms are out producing artificials for the moment, so if you’re considering the run, be prepared.

My friends George and Tom did so on Thursday and caught and released a few schoolies. Anyone in need of season and bag limit information should definitely go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website and know the latest rules and regulations regarding our local fisheries and permit requirements. By doing so you’ll be in compliance and avoid any misunderstandings that could result in a fine. The site also has programs that any angler interested in can participate.

I have a few words to say regarding the DEC officers. They have at times a thankless job, but none the less an important one. And although not everyone may agree with their policy they should all be respected and recognized as men and women doing an outstanding job.

Obviously anyone venturing outdoors this past weekend experienced the roar of March, winds gale force and then some pelted the area. Jamaica Bay water still remains cold. However, herring up in the back bay toward Inwood and Woodmere can be seen dimpling the surface.

With this surplus of herring the bass can’t be too far behind. In past years the creeks and banks along the marshes usually see the first striper catches for our area. As of this writing I haven’t seen any bunker in the bay, I take Bo for walks along Inwood park and by Easter week the bunker usually appear, I’ll give you a heads up when I see them.

Another local early spot within striking distance of Queens is Little Neck Bay, a favorite among the surfcasters over the years. I usually see the picket line of shore fishermen while commuting to work; as of yet I see just an occasional die hard probing the flats.

Montauk continues to produce cod when conditions are favorable, this will slow down as the days get longer evolving into another season. Until the next tide … Captain Vinnie can be reached at www.karenanncharters.com.

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