2012-05-18 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/ Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

This spring, a lot of local fishermen are scratching their heads trying to figure out Jamaica Bay and its fishing or lack thereof. It seems like the weather patterns haven’t been typical for this time of year.

You would have thought that after this mild winter we would have been off and running but that isn’t the case.

So for the moment the bay is a pick on fish. Bass and blues are being caught but not in the quantity or quality we have been accustomed to. I’m not giving up on the bay; historically it’s still early and in years gone by the bay doesn’t heat up until Memorial Day.

Aboard the charterboat Karen Ann based in the bay, stripers to thirty pounds were caught on Saturday morning, live bunker being the bait of choice. Some bluefish earlier in the week by Ruffle Bar and further west, but hit and miss on that scene. Upfront, the inlet and south to the Jersey highlands saw some moments of good fishing with the weather also impacting that.

So as of this writing we have more weather reports than fish reports, but that can change in a heartbeat. Fluke seem to have rebounded although with the new regulations the keeper ratio is a tough one. The first tuna reports also came in from the canyons so as you can see the season keeps on rolling. Until the next tide …

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