Saturday, December 9, 2017
I got to play deckhand on Thursday, as Tim was down with a cold. It's that time of year, and seems to be going around. Anyway, off we went with a really cool group of anglers, in search of the elusive blackfish. For whatever reason, the blackfish bite has been off this season. I think it comes down to the daily "conditions" as there always seems to be too much wind or a funny current, wind and tide in different directions, things just not coming together. We started the day with a beautiful flat calm sea, but soon the wind cut loose, and a funky roll developed with the current. And the fishing got funky as well. Plenty of bites, lots of shorts, but the big ones would not take hold and we only had a handful of keepers for the day. We even had some porgies and a fluke. With the threat of a snow storm on the horizon, I figured we should try once more for flounders. Tim was back aboard the Skylarker with Capt. Steve, and they headed out with a good gang. Evelyn and I stayed on the dock, and it only took 15 minuets to limit. The flounders were of a bigger size too, what we used to call "shoalies" and I landed seven (including a double header) and Evelyn had two and a 22 inch striped bass. We took our limit and headed home with some for a few fish dinners. The boat called in the afternoon and they were coming in with the best catch of the season. Some limits were boxed and the fish ran up to 8lbs. It was just an all around biting day.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Weather was forecast to be nice, so we got an early start on the flounders. Good thing too, as they seemed to bite right away and as the current started to run they shut down. I landed three and Evelyn had two and then we headed to the beach and had lunch. When we got home the temperature was over fifty degrees (it was thirty when we left this morning) so we headed to the woods. The pickerel were hungry and I landed six and raised many more on a topwater. Salt and sweet in the same day. Cool.
Friday, December 1, 2017
This morning we were up early as usual and decided to try for winter flounder. A quick stop in the tackle shop for some $10 per dozen sand worms and we were on our way. Evelyn landed one immediately and over the next hour and a half, I threw seven on the dock. Guess what's for dinner tonight?
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Despite what you have been hearing, this has been a poor blackfish season since "opening day." They bit well in September and October, but other then the slammer white crab bite we had down here last week, this fishing is not showing much promise. Yesterday, we worked some local spots south of the inlet and it was a bust. Today, I tried from land, and it seems like the blackfish left the shallows. After that, we tried walking the beach casting lures but we never had a bite on an empty beach for a nice day. All one can do is keep on trying.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
We fished Big John's annual charter aboard the Mary M III yesterday. Onboard were Roger, Mike, Cathy and some blackfish sharpies from Sheepshead Bay. It was a beautify calm day and many boats were out. The inlet looked like a summer weekend. We fished not far from the lighthouse and had action all day. Some big fish were landed and some were lost and everyone had plenty of meat to go home with. We even had a visit from a playful humpback whale only two miles off the beach. A good time with some old friends.