2011-05-06 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Striped bass have returned to Jamaica Bay. Finally a small window of weather here and there throughout the weekend and following week gave anglers a shot at some good bassin’. Aboard the charter boat Karen Ann some decent catches were made on Sunday for Ivan and his friends, which was just a warm-up for Monday and Tuesday’s fishing, on those days anglers also enjoyed some great catches. Stripers into the mid to upper twenty pound class were caught fairly consistently on live and chunk baits.

The ocean also is seeing a steady pick of stripers over the past weekend; head boats and sporties from Sheepshead Bay and New Jersey zeroed in on migrating schools of bass as they worked their way along the coast. At times it was an all out blitz as birds worked overhead as schools of bass were feeding on the surface. Not to be forgotten are the flatties fluke and flounder, with both appearing in the bay, with the flounder being the more targeted for the moment, but that’ll change any day now. Some jumbo flounder caught over this past run toppling two pounds or most certainly made their way to the dinner table.

Surface water temperatures broke into the fifty degree range which definitely helped the cause. And I’m sure by the time you read this bluefish will be around.

Well until the next tide ...

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