2012-05-04 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Bassin’ in the bay Bassin’ in the bay An interesting week to say the least – torrential rains, scathing winds and occasional breaks in the weather that seemed almost like spring. Still in all fish continued to move around and into the area.

Jamaica Bay showed some spurts of a spring bass run. Schools of baitfish moved in and close behind blues and bass. Speaking of striped bass aboard the charter boat Karen Ann on a daily basis stripers to 25 pounds have hit the deck. Most fish taken with live baits although the light tackle buffs had their moments. Oh and one special moment as we fished along the tarmac was the landing of the space shuttle, quite a site.

Following the tide up front in the ocean and channels south to Sea Bright bass and blues were pretty easy to locate. The head boats out of Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Creek had some great fishing. Mostly jig fishing and site casting as birds, the tell tale indicators of turmoil and feeding fish below the surface, could be seen throughout the day.

Speaking with friends who hit the boats this past weekend they said at times the jigging was insane. Sandy Hook and up toward the Atlantic Highlands also seemed a spot worth looking at. So if things hold up and more fish set up residence the fishing should be great. Until the next tide …

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