2010-09-03 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Gotchya Gotchya Apparently the big bluefish have switched venues for the moment. Over the weekend the big north shore bluefish tournament proved to be at times an exercise in futility.

My team took a port prize with a twelve pound plus fish a far distance from the fifteen pounders that won first place, but that’s fishing.

For the moment it seems like the south shore coastline off of New Jersey has the better bluefish action as reported last week but that is as it always is with blues subject to change on any given day or tide. Bait seems to have the edge over artificials at this time. Jamaica Bay’s water continues to be warm very warm for this month and consequently the fishing mirrors that. Bunker schools, the principle feed for blues and bass in the Back Bay, are very scarce. Some mornings they’re up and you think all is right with the world and other mornings you can’t catch a one.

Still some smaller baitfish are showing and one can only hope we get some life this fall in the back of Jamaica Bay. It’s been quite a few years since we had some legitimate action in the back.

Up front and offshore south of the area on the chart known as the compass rose tuna are a viable fishery. Day trips are producing bluefin tuna while at night the canyon seems to have a night chunking bite going on. The bluefin are getting fairly husky and while I know of no giants (73’’ plus) in the immediate area it’s bound to happen.

Fluke usually hit Ambrose Channel this month as they make their exodus from the bay and sporties and head boats alike are keying in on them. Speaking with Capt. Bobby Singer of the Karen Ann fleet he accompanied with Capt. Ed Parker did a job on the jumbo porgies this weekend quality scup on some of his secret drops.

Meanwhile up in the sound porgies are off the hook, well actually on the hook. Eatons Neck and points east are consistent fish spots as of this writing.

The “Mecca” Montauk has been seeing some bass action and my conversation with Capt. Kenny of the Viking fleet spoke of some great fishing – not only are the stripers showing but the bottom bite has been spectacular. Well until the next tide …

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