2012-05-11 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Ronnie and the boys Ronnie and the boys Whatever happened to May? Seems like everyday’s blowing a gale and add to that a super full moon and you have a ton of marsh grass, weed and a lotta stuff floating around the bay, makes for tuff fishing.

Anyway despite that the season moves along.

Let’s talk Jamaica Bay, striped bass are here unfortunately not in the numbers we’ve known in the past, but be optimistic they’ll show. Still, aboard the Karen Ann this past weekend, some respectable catches were made. Sunday morning a group of anglers caught bass into the midthirty pound range.

As can be expected the bass were shadowing the bunker schools so abundant as of this writing. The bassin’ should improve as the weather patterns make up and we get off these full moon tides, I’ll keep you posted on that front.

Bluefish, some serious blues, the usual spring spawners invaded the bay from Ruffle Bar west and have remained fairly consistent in their appearances. Diamond jigs flung their way resulted in some good catches with a few bass mixed in for those aboard the Gerritsen-based head boat, The Flamingo, great boat and great tradition.

For the moment the Jersey coast has a nice run of fish under the schools of baitfish from Sandy Hook to the highlands.

Looking over my shoulder I see Captain Mike drifting for fluke and it looks like some keepers are being landed as evidenced by the net swinging a few over the rail. Well we can only be patient for some dare I say spring weather. Until the next tide…

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