2011-02-18 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Winter Tuna – Carolina style. Winter Tuna – Carolina style. Even in the blustery cold of February, anglers are still getting their licks in. Montauk continues its assault on the codfish as told to me by friends over the past weekend. Most boats limit out by mid morning, and are on their way back to the dock before mid day. The action at times is blitz like fishing, with sizes ranging from keepers to mid twenties on the high end.

If warmer climates are your passion, I also spoke with Captain Ed Parker; he had just returned from Panama, where he spent the week chasing Marlin, Tuna and other exotic inshore species. It was a successful trip having caught and released Marlin to three hundred and fifty pounds, among other local exotic species. Further north in Florida, Tony “The Hawk,” fishing out of Biscayne Bay this winter, has also been enjoying some excellent fishing.

Tarpon along the various inlets cuts and bridges, some nice fish at that to eighty pounds on light tackle, plus plenty of bottom fish mixed in to keep one busy. Sneaking further up the coast, North Carolina is beginning to see a tuna run which has become an annual event the past few winters. Boats off of the Outer Banks chase bluefin and sight cast a variety of lures at them.

For those on a budget or without the time to travel, there will be the usual Outdoors shows to cure cabin fever. On a brighter local note it looks like the fluke regulations are easing up a bit, when the final outcome is in I’ll pass it along, apparently they’ll be a slight increase in bag limit. Now is the time when surfcasters can also get their access permits to the local beaches that require them, and while on the topic of licenses just a reminder you’ll need a license whether you’re fishing fresh or salt water so take advantage of this down time and perhaps get that out of the way.

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