2011-11-18 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors: Tales from Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Now’s the time to catch a few. Now’s the time to catch a few. November continues to provide excellent fishing. When weather conditions cooperated, as they did this past week, anglers from surf and boat shared some great moments. Striped bass have invaded the area and once again the inlet and surrounding waters is the scene for bass. Like clockwork each dawn the fish are “up” giving rise to birds overhead as they work schools of baitfish.

For the moment most of the bass are schoolies but as the run continues we hope the bigger cows down east will move through. I had the pleasure of fishing with Paul Greenberg from the New York Times over the week and he showed that he has both Pulitzer Prize ability with both pen and fishing rod. He caught and released dozens of fish up to twenty pounds. Water temperatures still remain warm as of this writing they remained in the low to mid fifties so that will keep the bit going for a while.

Blackfish have certainly made a comeback. Head boats out of the bay as well as locals have been doing a bang up job on these much coveted bulldogs of the deep. Wrecks and bridges inside the bay have produced while the bigger bite seems to be in depths of forty to sixty feet of water on the outside. The Rockaway reef, as well as the rock piles off of New Jersey have been landmarks for some stellar catches. This fishery should improve as the fall continues.

Some scattered reports of tuna off Shrewsbury, mostly blue fin in the forty to sixty pound range, are also being echoed in the fishing community. So it looks like now’s as good a time as any to wet a line. Until the next tide ….

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