2013-03-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Apparently someone forgot to tell March that spring is on the horizon. This cold spell might set us back a few weeks but my gut feeling is by next week it’ll be getting better by the day. Oh well, at least it gives me some more time to do what fishermen do in the winter.

Aside from anxiety attacks from the lack of fishing we usually continue to make reel repairs, buy new rods and start to “connect” with our fishing cohorts.

Those fortunate enough to travel are either hitting the Carolinas for their usual winter tuna run, or as most of my friends do, settle in Florida for a few weeks.

I was speaking with Tony on Tuesday. He had just returned from swordfishing out of the Lauderdale area, a typical night trip yielding one keeper for the table. That fishery has rebounded in recent years, one of the few that has, and it seems to be a mainstay of the offshore Florida scene.

This has been an exceptionally windy winter down south, fortunately inshore in the bay protected a bit from the weather, snook and tarpon have been fairly plentiful. Carolina too has been plagued by unfavorable weather and that has impacted their tuna landings. Several friends were blown out two weeks in a row so hopefully by my next report I can give you some firsthand intel.

Locally the offshore pilgrimages to the deep have been producing quality sea bass. That too is very weather sensitive but the rewards are good. Headboats out of the bay and Freeport are concentrating on that for the moment. Codfish are also being caught, and if we are lucky we might get a blast if the spring run happens. Until the next tide….

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