2011-07-22 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Lou holds up a 41-pound fish. Lou holds up a 41-pound fish. Striped bass still continue to be caught off of the Rockaways and points east. Most success comes from those working the bunker schools in the early morning and dusk. It isn’t as consistent as I would like.

For example, on Monday morning Lou and friends, aboard the charter boat Karen Ann, put together a nice catch fish to 38 pounds, not too bad for July, while this morning dealing with the heat wave the bite slowed down considerably.

Sharks continue to be a hot topic; threshers to 500 plus pounds being boated a few miles off the beach, no doubt on the spawn and taking advantage of the smorgasbord of bait along the way.

Fluke, the standard summer fishery in this area, are literally everywhere, but culling out keepers is a job unto itself. Bluefish seemed to be invading the waters, which is a better body of fish from the Mud buoy north. The fish are being taken primarily on bait, but jigs and trolling are doing their share of damage.

Tuna have also been the bluewater fisherman’s summer choice with the canyon being a better option for the moment. Prior to this writing the Baccardi and Texas Tower had a decent bluefin bite for those on the scene early fishing the leftovers from the scallop boats. That apparently had a lull with the passing of this last full moon.

The bay has also seen some activity this week with snappers, blueclaws and cocktail blues moving in.

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