2012-04-06 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Jamaica Bay Bass Jamaica Bay Bass “’Tis a mild, mild day Starbuck,” quoting a line from Captain Ahab sans Moby Dick. Well it has been mild and everyone is anticipating the spring bass run.

Aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann striped bass were caught and released this past week.

The bass warming up in the shallows mostly schoolies with an occasional keeper are early but that’s to be expected with this past winter. All things are pointing to a decent run, so next week it’s for “reel.”

The bass will be feeding primarily on herring and bunker with herring being the bait of choice as they’ve been fairly abundant in the bay as of this writing. Still others will clam chum and that will be another favorite.

I would think with all of the dredging throughout the south side that they’ll be no shortage of clams and their remains.

For those new to the bay you might want to invest in a chart, it’s a useful tool and will at a glance enable you to see a bird’s eye view of the bay and all it has to offer.

It’s a great bay, deep water, islands, marshes and all manner of structure from bridges to wrecks, piers and so on.

I’ll be doing an expanded number of trips this season with the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

For those new readers it’s a good program; the Karen Ann fleet donates trips to our veterans with many of the Rockaway fishermen helping out. If you want to join our “Fish with a hero program” you can contact me directly at 516- 728-6952, or visit my website www.karenanncharters.com. It’s a memorable day on the water.

Just a side note, if you have a group or charity that we can help, feel free to use my number.

We’ll also be hooking up with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and their kids.

Well there it is until the next tide …

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