2010-07-09 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Striped bass are the fish of the moment. Big bass are holding up off the beaches from Rockaway inlet to Jones inlet as the crow flies about twenty plus miles of big bass.

This is by far the best run of big fish I’ve seen in my life. Forty pounders are fairly common, throw in a fifty or two and wait, what about a sixty plus pounder, you got to love it. Find a pod of bunker off the beach in twenty to thirty feet of water and you can bet there’s a bass or two under them, no correction, a bunch of bass under ’em.

The mornings have been pretty consistent and the afternoon bite isn’t too bad either. Tuesday aboard the Karen Ann anglers caught cow bass until arm weary. But the reality is anyone spending some time down east fishing for these big fish is getting on the score board. Fluke, well there’s plenty of fluke around. However, you guessed it; the keeper ratio is with the current regs, which is hard to meet. Hopefully as the season evolves they’ll fatten up and stretch out to legal size. Run offshore and the sea bass are there for those with the savvy and expertise to get on them.

Bluefish for those willing to prowl the waters south from the Farms to the Mudhole are showing up, my thoughts are with the amount of bunker inshore and warming waters plus southerly winds it’s only a matter of time before they arrive in force. Good for the bluefish boats, bad for the striper hounds.

The local wrecks have their share of transients, trigger fish have made a showing and these toothy critters make excellent eating.

Speaking of transients, some whales can be seen daily off of Point Lookout, meandering through the bunker schools each morning. So there it is until the next tide …

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