2011-07-01 / Columnists

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Joe G with a jumbo bass Joe G with a jumbo bass Striped bass continue to invade our shores; they are hard on the bunker schools spanning the distance from Breezy Point up towards Jones Inlet. Fair amounts have been showing up off of Rockaway in thirty to forty feet of water. Locating the schools of bunker isn’t too difficult as the bass and now jumbo blues crash through them.

The action varies from day to day, and has been a decent pick for those patient enough to work the schools. This past week Lou Palma, fishing with his old buddy John Moi, landed a forty plus pounder aboard the charter boat Karen Ann, based in Jamaica Bay. It was Lou’s birthday, his eightieth, so congrats on the cow bass.

While on the topic of bluefish, hefty gators have been lingering around Ambrose Channel over the past week, head boats out of Sheepshead Bay have been zeroing in on them much to the jig fishermen’s delight. Here and there some toothy critters, thresher sharks, are surfacing and being hooked by those fishing in the area. For the most part it’s a tug of war with anglers outmatched using bass tackle.

Fluke are blanketing the floor of Jamaica Bay, with a small amount of keepers but that hopefully will change as the season progresses. Porgies off the lumps around Sandy Hook are steady with some nice “chops” in the mix.

Bluefin tuna surfaced in the “chicken canyon” and points further south. Small to mediums mostly caught trolling ballyhoo and plastic baits. Hopefully a body of fish will move inshore as they did last season. While offshore as temperatures rise shark fishing is also. So there’s no shortage of fish for the moment, until the next tide …

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