2010-04-30 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Last week in the back of Jamaica Bay, fishing was hot and cold. When conditions were good light winds and tide to work with, bass were prevalent. However, from Thursday on wind, and rain dominated the scene.

For the most part, fish are spread out around the bay with no concentrations in any one area. Bunker, the heralded baitfish for the moment, also never really showed the way they should for this time of year, albeit that could change in a heartbeat. The first bluefish also showed up as evidenced by the telltale bunkers chopped in half. The back fishing involves covering a lot of ground and the majority of the fish schoolies into the low twenties. Aboard the Karen Ann, Carmine and friends limited out with bass, they picked away at fish into the low twenties on Wednesday morning.

Upfront the ocean fishing has been great. Schools of baitfish east of the Breezy Point jetty are being devoured by stripers. The fish are in depths of twenty to thirty feet out to fifty feet. The head boats out of the bay have been doing a job on them. Bassin was also strong earlier in the week off the Jersey coast, same formula for success locate the schools of bunker and find the fish.

While on the topic of bunker I have been speaking with a group out of Maryland who are trying to get some legislation passed to regulate the harvesting of them by large seine boats. Our fisheries are a fragile commodity and need all the support they can get. I’ll keep you updated as to what’s new regarding that. Some bottom fishermen sprinkled throughout the north side of the bay from Canarsie east, targeting flatties at this time.

So at least things are shaping up nicely; this next full moon should be a good one. Until the next tide …

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