2012-08-03 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Here it is August and in a heartbeat the summer will be over. Seems like yesterday it was April and it was just beginning. Striped bass fishing for the most part is a nighttime endeavor. Bass trying to escape the relentless heat feed mostly on the night flood tides which bring cooler waters with them. But on occasion dawn tides with the right conditions are also producing fish.

The usual cast of summer species has set up and continues Drifting the channels to dominate the local scene. Fluke on a summer day. being the staple of the local head boats out of the bay for the moment. Anglers prowling the many channel edges in and out of Ambrose Channel and up toward the harbor have been fairly successful. Montauk seems to be having their usual strong run of quality bass, which frequent the rips and rock piles this time of year. That’s a good thing because it generally coincides with their peak tourist season.

I spoke with Captain Ken of the charterboat “My Joyce” and he’s doing a bang up job out east, decking some husky fish into the upper forties last week.

Some tuna showed offshore yellow fin forty to eight pounds on the troll and jigs so that should continue to build this month. So as the summer cools down the fishing will undoubtedly heat up, until the next tide …

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