2011-12-02 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro


That’s what they look like. That’s what they look like. And the hits keep coming. Some kind of late fall action, striped bass have invaded the area in mass, and blackfish still going strong, sprinkle in some codfish and ling and it doesn’t get any better.

Striped bass making their annual fall run have descended upon our shoreline. From Jones Inlet to Breezy Point, bass are putting on the feedbag big time, gorging on a variety of baits, sand eels, herring and anything palatable to them. Look for the birds, a line reminiscent of Ahab’s lament in Moby Dick, holds true for migrating bass as well.

On Saturday morning aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann, anglers saw quite a spectacle as the sky from Breezy to Sandy Hook was lit up with gulls, terns and gannets all jockeying for scraps left over from bass and blues.

Baring any unusual weather fronts, we’ll see fish straight through the holiday season. Wait it gets better, a big body of fish exiting Montauk is coming.

Blackfish are giving the head boats a shot in the arm, as they too continue invading the wrecks and rock piles close to shore. Sunday morning Martin and Josh with friends did a number on them, fish better than eight pounds made it to the deck and eventually the dinner table.

I was on the grounds south of Ambrose and the water was infested with head boats, and private boats all pursuing tog! Some codfish, yes codfish also showed and if that’s any indication of things to come well this season may never end. Until the next tide ….

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