2010-04-16 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Here is Bobby with a nice spring bass released.  Here is Bobby with a nice spring bass released. It’s a good time to be on the water. On Jamaica Bay everywhere you look there’s an explosion of life. Striped bass are showing up and from the looks of things there’s a decent body of fish for so early in the season. Aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann morning trips have been yielding bass into the low teens.

And that is how it begins from one day to the next; the bay comes alive and the life running through its waters entices us to her. Monday morning was just a great experience as we released bass to fight another day. In every direction we looked the bay had a story; kayakers, birds, sea turtles, baitfish and plenty of sunshine all unfolding and adding to our enjoyment.

Flounder for those diehards coping with the two fish a man limit are also being caught and with the warmer weather will also improve. There’s been a small fleet of boats anchored between the North Channel Bridge and the old dump, traditionally early season haunts of the flatties.

Up front in the ocean the Rockaway reef is seeing some blackfish succumbing to baits of green crabs and clams. Some of my friends had fish to nine pounds, not too shabby.

Reports from Jersey also give testimony to the fact that fish are on the move. So from the looks of things were in for a treat for the next few months. You can call in a fish report to me directly at 516-728-6952. I look forward to speaking with you.

Until the next tide…

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