2010-04-09 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Late breaking news as Easter passed. I skipped the parade and went fishing.

The weather started getting real nice; add a full moon falling, some sunshine and the bay began to look like its old self. Surface temperatures of 47 to 50 degrees gave us some favorable conditions to work with.

And as the week advances, high water will be closer to dawn giving anglers a better shot at putting together a catch.

On Saturday morning, there was a sprinkling of local boats doing the usual thing burning fuel as they sped around the bay in the quest for fish

To top off my day, I was treated with a visit by my friends from the south side, Ronnie and Frank, minus their dog, dogs, or whatever living thing jumps aboard on any given day. I must say they’re getting older, but like fine wine well you know the rest.

Except for them, the wine could be replaced with a cold Bud. The lively conversation or should I say interrogation flowed and after complimenting each other’s boats, the ten or twelve words we spoke was enough to exhaust anyone, so they turned 180 degrees toward the south side of the bay where they belong.

Bunker made a showing, there were no large schools, but enough that you could snag a few to fish with, and there’s some herring still lingering around Canarsie Pier, Sheepshead Bay and all the way in the back toward Doxies Pond. Some small schoolies, with an occasional keeper, were reported by the shore anglers on clam baits are being caught, no numbers, but an early start for those patient enough to wait them out.

The flounder season is underway and the head boat fleet out of Sheepshead Bay can be seen working the south side of the bay from the big bridge east. That fishing too is a little on the slow side but a few hot days and good tides should remedy that.

The bottom fishing overall is in a little bit of a funk which usually happens around now.

It can be attributed to runoff from rainfall, cold water, or lack of fish in general you choose, hopefully it’s not the latter.

Around the local bays Little Neck seems to be somewhat consistent yielding stripers with the better catches on those drifting worms but the artificial purists have been scoring also.

Small bucktails and shad lures, the primary plugs in their repertoire.

As the Montauk cod bite winds down, many of the transient party boats have left for their home ports, leaving whatever cod remain to the local sharpies.

Fish reports, idle chit chat you can call me at 516-728-6952 or visit the website www.karenanncharters. com

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