2010-12-24 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors: Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

There was a lull in the cold weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday so needless to say anglers hearty enough to brave the elements went offshore to pursue blackfish. They weren’t disappointed.

Captain Bobby Singer of the Karen Ann Fleet navigated his boat some ten miles south of Breezy Point and put Steve, Pete, Chuck and friends on some pretty nice blackfish. The group limited out and as an added treat bagged a few codfish so that was pretty interesting. Bobby is a seasoned veteran with forty years or more chasing bottom dwellers so he definitely has paid his dues. The twentieth ends the season for the moment on the recreational level, but remains open for those with commercial licenses, although with water temperatures hovering in the low forties who knows how long that will last. I think off this moon the fishing will rebound and maybe we’ll get a warm spell.

East end head boats will be gearing up for the much anticipated codfish run so that should keep the diehards content till warmer times come around.

If you recall we had some codfish here in our own area last winter so maybe that will pan out. If codfish aren’t your forte now’s the time to do those chores that most fishermen do as the season ends. Rod and reel maintenance, attend some trade shows or maybe make a trip to the southern latitudes. Either way winter is upon us, and some of the bay is already icing over. I might add earlier than previous years. The bay itself is already putting on a winter display – marsh grasses adorned with ice with winter colors to match. Another passing of seasons with hopes that the New Year will bring good fishing and good times. Well until the next tide, Happy Holidays to all …

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