2012-04-27 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Aboard the Jamaica Bay charter boat Karen Ann this past week saw some mixed catches striped bass and some random bluefish. Bluefish in April, that’s right, right in the bay. Despite torturous winds some diehard anglers persevered and managed to boat some decent bass into the 20-pound range.

Prior to the blow it looked like the bay was about to break open but the blustery conditions from Sat-Mon put the kibosh on that. Better than 50 bass were caught Thurs.-Fri and released all on live baits but the numbers fell off with the conditions at hand. Still it was good to see some life in the bay. Outfront referring to the ocean and channels east and southwest bassin’ at times was spectacular. Just a reminder, striped bass are protected in federal waters which means after three miles you can’t keep them so be forewarned. The striper fishing up front was not limited to bait fishing. The jig boats out of Sheepshead Bay had some good shots at the fish with gold jigs being the favorite one to toss for the moment. So as the season unfolds striped bass are taking center stage and hopefully that‘ll continue. Until the next tide …

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