2011-04-29 / Columnists

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse: Bay Fish Are Increasing

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

April hasn’t been the kindest month to local fishermen; winds, periods of heavy fog and rain have made fishing tough. That being said May is here and this weather in a week or so will be a bad memory.

Anyway enough complaining, this week Jamaica Bay saw an increase in the bass population. Tuesday morning Ed McDonald, Don and Chris had a catch of bass into the low twenty pound range, nothing spectacular five fish in the boat but at least it was a start. The fish were caught on live bait. The previous days saw a pick of fish mostly just keepers twenty-eight to thirty plus inches with the lion’s share of the fish eight to fifteen pounds.

Baitfish remained scattered throughout the bay due to the easterly winds and cool temperatures. As of this writing sea water surface temperatures hovered around forty-seven to fifty degrees, cool enough to support a few seals taking up residence towards Silver Hole. Flounder seem to be pleasing the few anglers pursuing them some jumbos at that fish to two plus pounds are being caught with consistency; they too are fairly spread out from the Back Bay right up to the Coney Island flats.

Down south off the Jersey coast the head boats out of Sheepshead Bay had a few shots jigging some quality bass so apparently there seems to be a movement of fish along the coast. To the east ocean netters are seeing schools of bunker, so pretty much the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.

Shore based fishermen seem to be picking away at bass with the North Channel Bridge and surrounding shorelines their main bases for the moment. The bridge is really a fairly consistent producer of fish in the spring, especially on the night tides. Well there you have it. I’m looking out my window watching the trees shaking in the wind so what else is new?

Until the next tide…

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