2011-03-25 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

The vernal equinox having come and gone with last week’s full moon was a reminder to us about Mother Nature’s role in our world. The moon, as any old salt knows, is a relevant factor in weather and tides.

Anyway, that particular moon put a kibosh on a lot of the fisheries. Speaking with friends who fished out of Montauk and Rhode Island for codfish, each noted a considerable fall off in the action.

Tides backed by wind and unfavorable weather led to the decline. I think as we get away from this moon things will bounce back. Nature always has a way of putting things in check.

North Carolina continues to have a good fishery with a variety of species, amberjack, stripers, and grouper, although most transient fishermen pursue blue fin tuna at this time. My friend George made the pilgrimage to the Outer Banks with his buddies from Bayside and they too ran into weather issues only able to get out one day over the past weekend. They boated one tuna under less than favorable conditions.

March and even early April is really a roll of the dice when it comes to predicting the weather.

On March 23, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Board will be meeting in Virginia to discuss the mortality rates and concerns with regard to striped bass.

Striped bass being a coastal migratory species and resource are under pressure, as are all of our fisheries.

Stripers being an inshore species get targeted by sport fishermen and commercial fishermen alike and need to be regarded in an intelligent manner. I’ll pass along the results of the meeting as I receive them.

I’ll be on the bay this week with Don Riepe, a well respected and champion environmentalist.

Our mission won’t be fishing; no we’ll be surveying the bay and setting up for a cleanup project targeting abandoned boats and garbage. Don works relentlessly keeping a watch over our bay, I admire his work, he truly gives meaning to the phrase, ‘steward of our environment.’

Until the next tide…

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