2012-07-20 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Any Day Now. Any Day Now. Well this current heat wave isn’t helping the fishing, ocean temperatures are spiking into the seventies. Striped bass seemed to have evaporated during daylight. However if you are able to investigate the night tides then it’s a different story.

Bass true to their nature become more nocturnal as the summer doldrums become a reality. Such was the case last week when I and a small group of diehard anglers probed the darkness and were rewarded for our efforts, bass into the low twenties. Still if conditions are right and high tides with their cooler influx of water coincide with dawn and dusk you may see some bass activity.

Meanwhile bottom fishing especially fluke continues to please. The fish are fairly spread out with a fair population of fluke up along the channels and also along the many hills and valleys south of the Coney Island flats. Sea bass bunched up on the local reefs and wrecks; east and south also seem to be fairly consistent.

The bottom boats out of Sheepshead seem to be gathering catches of mixed bottom species for their fares while the bluefishing varies in yield and areas from day to day, so until the next tide …

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