2010-08-13 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

This season has been one for the books. When the fishing was right, it was spectacular, such as the spring run of bass. Now with the heat wave boiling, the inshore waters have diminished. Hopefully the advent of fall and cooling temperatures will see an improvement.

This spring, everything coincided with massive bunker schools off the south shore beaches and migrating big stripers seemed to be in perfect alignment, with the end result a great run of fish off of the Rockaways for the better part of late June and mid July. And yet even with the infusion of bait the big pods of bluefish never materialized.

Next in line are the bluefish, suffice it to say, anyone with any fish savvy can plainly see the bluefishing never materialized this summer so far. Sunday aboard my boat I was amidst the fleet of boats also on a quest to catch blues. I finally wound up off Sandy Hook and the Highlands trying to put together a catch for my guest but the fish weren’t there in size or numbers. Sadly that’s been the norm for most of the season so far.

The sound from Huntington Harbor east and north along the coves and points thereabouts has seen some decent bluefish working the schools of bunker but still not the run of fish the sound is accustomed to.

Fluke and the other bottom species, porgies and sea bass seem to be okay and at times the only reliable fishery for the moment.

Apparently the warm waters have been the highway for southern exotics to invade the area some black drum and croaker are being landed so what does that tell you. These fish aren’t usually residents here more of transients in the summers recently especially with their range increasing with the warmer waters.

Offshore in the deep the tuna and billfish marlin are being caught. The biggest factor in one’s success is the fact that it’s a big ocean from the canyons to the mud hole and fish swim, covering a lot of water by the day.

The bluefin are for the most part small, less than sixty pounds, and yellow fin have been sporadic in their numbers. But that’s what happens during the dog days of summer suffice to say that is why it’s referred to as the doldrums. Until the next tide …

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