2012-06-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

What would a full moon in June be without striped bass? Well we weren’t disappointed. This moon some excellent striper fishing was to be had in the waters around Rockaway Inlet. Tuesday evening aboard the charter boat Karen Ann, Captain Ed Parker and I, along with guest decked some husky bass in the upper thirty pound range, all caught off the rips at Breezy Point on live bunker. But that’s been the norm over the past week. Bass and blues can be seen daily; overhead the telltale terns and gulls foraging on scraps from their tearing through baitfish. It’s quite a spectacle if you’re up around 4:30 in the morning. It’s good to see some consistent big fish around.

Bluefish also have invaded both the bay and inlet ocean waters, and frankly they are the finest kind, jumbo tackle busting blues into the mid-teens. Fluke your game? Well Jamaica Bay at the moment is home to some legitimate doormats; fluke in the ten pound range are being caught with many three to six pounders showing up. If that’s your thing you might want to look around Runway channel and the ledges in and around the big bridge. At the moment it’s a smorgasbord of fish life and its early June, does it get any better? Until the next tide …

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