2013-04-19 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors

Captain Vinnie Calabro

Sunday morning aboard the Jamaica Bay charter boat Karen Ann Rob and I decided to do a little pre-season bass excursion. Well, little it was.

There were virtually no signs of life to be seen. We pulled out at dawn and although it was a beautiful sunrise and calm seas aside from Rob’s homemade fried egg sandwiches, there wasn’t much action.

A small fleet was hanging around the north side toward the old dump, no doubt flounder fishing, and from what I’ve heard it’s been ok. Some fat flounders have been caught, so at least that’s going as well as it can be for the present.

New Jersey anglers have been doing a little better on the bass action, if you can call it that. Most catches are a result of clam chumming, which is usually the case for this time of year.

Patience is the game now and as the sea and bay temperatures warm up the bassin’ should improve. Baitfish, the main ingredient for this formula isn’t as prolific as they should be. However, as the menhaden/bunker appear and herring it’ll only be a matter of time before the season evolves.

Bottom fishing boats out of the bay have been seeing a modest pick of ling, flounder and blackfish although the tog have to be released at this time, so there it is until the next tide….

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