2010-04-23 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro
Despite the winds over the weekend and earlier part of the week, fishing was sensational. Locally Jamaica Bay had some good catches as anglers from all points of the bay caught bass. Bridge fishermen slinging clam and bunker baits picked away at bass, while their counterparts from boats and kayaks did the same.

The fishermen haul in a big catch of bass. The fishermen haul in a big catch of bass. Monday morning stripers were caught throughout the bay, anglers aboard the Karen Ann caught and released bass to twenty pounds and here we are still in April. But wait it gets better; down south toward the rock piles south of the Jersey Highlands to Sea Bright enormous schools of bunker are being corralled by stripers much to the delight of all.

The fleet of boats made up of head boats, charter and private boats are all zeroing in on the action. How long will it last, who can say. But in the fishing business you take what the ocean gives you. Bluefish also showed up outside in the ocean and there was still some flounder lingering in the bay.

The other bottom species blackfish and cod are also around so here we are surrounded by fish. I have never seen this amount of bass so early in the season in my lifetime. Traditionally May and June are hot months for Jamaica Bay so in a short time we’ll see what happens.

Over on the north shore they’re also scoring with bass. Manhasset Bay as well as Little Neck are both producing fish. Now’s as good a time as any to play hooky and wet a line, so Until the next tide …

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