2011-08-12 / Columnists

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

The crab’s a summer treat around the bridges. The crab’s a summer treat around the bridges. Well it looks like the summer doldrums have hit the fishing scene. Balmy temperatures and hot water have left the striper fishing to mostly a nocturnal and early morning fishery. Still if you put in the time some fish on the local scene are being caught. It seems like incoming tides with the influx of cooler water are better for the moment.

The eastern sound and Montauk with its cooler currents are holding more bass as of this writing. Also apparently a new world record striper was caught off of Connecticut, eighty plus pounds succumbed to a live eel bait.

Fluke are abundant along the channels and Rockaway reef; I visited the reef on Sunday after a morning bass charter and found no shortage of fluke. Mostly husky shorts with some keepers in the mix.

Offshore in the canyons and other deeper drops tuna, mostly blue fin, are the mainstay. Some billfish marlin and swords mixed in. Plenty of action and sites with whales and dolphin giving a nice show, to those on the grounds. Back to the bay, crabs are thriving and snappers are chasing spearing and peanut bunker.

So until the next tide ...

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