2011-04-01 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

Little by little the seasons are changing, nature’s right on cue as daylight appears earlier each morning. Crocus are in bloom, along the highways forsythia have that yellowish tint as their buds swell about to blossom, and that morning chill is usually gone by midday.

Most dawns, the birds’ new arrivals can be seen feverishly building nests and pecking away at my bird feeder, and not to be overlooked is Jamaica Bay. The other morning coming out of the canal two harbor seal with their heads bobbing up curiously looked at me. I cut the engine and drifted towards them hoping to get a better glimpse but they took a dive and surfaced a few hundred yards away.

I steered towards them, they momentarily waited for me but once again as I got close they sank into the deep. So much for this game of tag; I throttled up and took a spin around to the south side of the bay. At the north end of the cut ospreys had already returned and began staking their claim to the various pedestals that they’ll nest on. So for these brief moments all appears to be in order on the bay.

On April 1, anglers can legally catch flounder and I think they won’t be disappointed. West of the North Channel Bridge up toward the old dump is worth a shot; you’ll probably run into the diehards anchored up working their chum pots. Add a week or two on the 15th striped bass season begins.

The Karen Ann fleet is in the water all primed and ready to go; I’ll be fishing the bay and wherever the tide takes us. For reservations you can call 516- 728-6952.

This past weekend Capt. Bob Singer was in Montauk, doing what he does best, bottom fishing. Aboard the Big M he had a nice catch of cod, apparently the bite is still holding up.

To the south in North Carolina bluefin tuna are still smoking reels and the fishery seems to have rebounded after the past moon’s nasty weather. Some friends did the marathon round trip and had fish up to 78”, not bad for March.

While we’re on the move, further south Tony aka “The Hawk” checked in from Florida. He’s been catching tarpon in Biscayne Bay, and fishing on the drift boats is rewarded with a mixed bag of kings, jacks and snappers. So for the moment everyone’s content, until the next tide …

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