2010-10-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

This fall the fishing, when one can get out in between blows, has been pretty good. To the east striped bass, the perennial migrants, are starting to show. Anglers from Jones Inlet east have been setting up on the bars outside the inlets and are scoring with some nice fish. Clam chumming is the mainstay, but those trolling and tossing jigs when the situations arise and the fish are up have been doing well too.

And further east toward Montauk the fishery is strong. Surfcasters in particular live and die for a brisk Nor’easter. For the moment Jamaica Bay, the Back Bay in particular, has been quiet. The schools of bunker we have grown accustomed to each fall haven’t invaded the back and who’s to say they will.

Nevertheless some bass have been caught from the various bridges and shore points. My experiences in the past seem to point toward this week as to the time when the bass move back in. The better action in the bay for the moment is the blackfish and porgies, almost all of the structures, that being the bridges and wrecks, are holding fish.

Meanwhile the inlet and tin can grounds are producing bass and bluefish to those able to get time in between blows. The better action or more consistent fishing seems to be down south a few miles toward New Jersey. The mud buoy and Sea Bright are seeing good catches. The head boats out of the bay had some stellar bluefishing, once again in between the winds.

Also down that way The Highlands reef and various rock piles along the way are seeing blackfish being lifted onto the decks. That should improve as water temperatures drop. In the deep offshore I didn’t hear much on the tuna – that’s understandable with what we’ve been dealing with this past week or so.

Well until the next tide …

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