2011-08-26 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

This time of year the fishing scene is in its transition mode; not quite the end of summer not quite the fall run. That being said the fishing at times is in a little funk. Offshore tuna seemed to have left the canyons, blame it on weather, sea conditions or water temperatures the bite has been inconsistent to say the least.

Tuna in general are in a bit of a decline when one compares the fishery to the past. Hopefully a body of fish will move in as the days grow shorter.

The inshore stars, stripers and bluefish seem to be on their summer schedule dawn, dusk and night tides producing the most fish for a lean period.

I’ve been picking away at the bass on the morning trips aboard the Karen Ann but the fish are smaller than the leviathans of a month ago. The head boats out of the bay are night bassin’ mostly worms and eel baits with mixed although somewhat regular catches. Bluefish have moved into the bay, no great numbers as of yet but it’s a start. If the bunker and mullet schools continue to increase well we might get a run of fish in the back bay.

Fluke, porgies, ling and sea bass round out the bottom species and from my sources the fishing is okay. There are some scup by the big bridge and along the reefs both east and south. Until the next tide……….

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