2011-06-17 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Traditions, family traditions, is something seldom seen nowadays. But this past week aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann, I was privileged to fish with an ongoing legacy of fishermen in Jamaica Bay.

I had aboard Jim from Smitty’s fishing station in Broad Channel, and if that wasn’t enough I had his two sons Luca and Jim junior, grandsons of this elite family of fishermen. Their grandfather must have been smiling down upon them because they had a stellar day of striper fishing landing bass into the forty pound range and plenty of them off of the Rockaways.

The kids, no strangers to the open sea, exhibited both seamanship and angling prowess as they, along with their Dad, caught and released better than thirty bass. They truly were in their element as I and my mate Martin had an easy day just watching them do their thing. For lack of a better phrase it was truly a Kodak moment.

Smitty’s is truly a landmark in our great bay and if you are in the neighborhood and want to rent a skiff well they can accommodate you. You see Jamaica Bay has a heritage; it has a quality of people who have transcended decades and give it a unique flavor found nowhere else. This bay and our Rockaway is something everyone should experience.

The bay once again with the advent of this upcoming moon saw some great fishing. Bunker schools remained off of the Rockaways and anglers working the schools during dawn and dusk more often than not were rewarded with some hefty bass. Ruffle bar and points west also saw some decent bluefish action on top water jigs and for the past several mornings Breezy Point and the tin can grounds had some good bluefish schools. Fluke are building by the day and continue to be caught. The ledges and structures throughout are yielding some jumbo doormats. So there it is fishing on the rise, until the next tide...

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