2011-09-30 / Columnists

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

Got bass?
By Captain Vinnie Calabro

As September comes to an end, the fishing is just beginning. Pick a direction on the compass and you’ll find one species or another of fish.

Close to home, the Jamaica Baybased charter boat Karen Ann has been picking away at striped bass and bluefish. Billy from Inwood nailed a 35-pounder this past week and the following days have been fairly consistent; a mix of bass and blues. Baitfish has returned to the bay with the predators not far behind. A combination of cooler waters and the upcoming new moon revitalized the local fishing scene. From here on in it’ll only get better barring any major weather disturbances.

Head boats out of the bay targeting blues and bass also are faring well; for the most part they’ll peek around the inlet on occasion run to the east but by and large they’re fishing south off of Jersey. The bottom species scup and sea bass are also on the feed and the various wrecks and rock piles in the “tin can” grounds and Rockaway reef are producing. Drop a chum pot with clam bellies and hold on to your rod.

The ocean beaches and not too distant waters from shore are seeing schools of bunker, and mullet being corralled by bluefish but that’ll hopefully include more bass as the temperatures dip, sort of an instant replay of this past spring.

Call me a romantic but the fall belongs to the surfcasters, solitary figures appearing out of nowhere dotting the shoreline from Breezy Point to Montauk, in quest of the endless summer and big bass. And why not; where else can you on a shoestring budget hit the beach and do your thing. Until the next tide ….

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