Monday, August 13, 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
We headed out on a two day canyon trip early Monday morning. When fishing that far offshore usually the target species is tuna, but I watched the anglers load all type of gear, none of it suited to tuna fishing. That is when I learned it was to be a bottom trip and so it was. On the way out, we passed through the chicken canyon and encountered a fleet of boats, huge finback whales, dolphins and jumping tuna. Here we were in the midst of a tuna bite and had to keep on going! The conditions for tile fishing were close to perfect, we were drifting in 550 feet and you could hold with a twenty ounce sinker and we picked away at small tile fish all day. Just before dark, we looked over some lobster pots and they were all barren except for one, where I coxed a lone hen dolphin from the deep. Usually big dolphin are skitterish and don't bite when they are all alone and I was surprised when she turned and bit the chunk I pitched out and hooked up right at the end of my rod. The fish took off peeling line and flew out of the water three times doing all kind of tricks. Cool stuff, and the twenty pounder went on ice. After that we anchored on a wreck in 360 feet, and caught some weird stuff like chain dogfish and black bellied rose fish along with a few twenty pound pollock. We spent the night anchored on another wreck picking at ling and tried two more spots on the way home, adding some more pollock, a white hake and a few more ling. Capt Willie from the Dauntless was high hook, landing seven tiles and nine pollock. Back at the dock Tuesday afternoon with a bunch of happy and tired fishermen.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
We arrived on the fishing grounds in a freshening breeze Wednesday morning. As we set the anchors out we received word that our buddy, "Hippy" Paul Bender had passed away in the night. Paul was a mate with us on the Skylarker and also the Mary M and other boats from Barnegat Light. He was a highline fisherman and baymen and was always willing to share his knowledge. Around noon the wind piped up to twenty five knots, the seas built to four to six feet, and we returned home with a bunch of sea sick anglers, a limit of sea bass and heavy hearts.
Monday, July 30, 2018
A lot of people went fishing Sunday, as one of the party boats left the dock railed at 5 30! The lot was full by 6am and we left at 6 30 with a light crew. Capt Steve and I went over the plan for the day, and decided to concentrate on fluke. We had a bunch of good anglers aboard and I knew we would catch them. While fishing was just a pick, I would say we did much better then anyone, with 21 keepers and 18 bonus sea bass going in the box. It was a fun day fishing with old friends and I hope we can do it again.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Not much to report this week but wind and rain. We did go crabbing Tuesday morning and it took two hours to put a dozen in the basket. The weather looks like it will get nice for the weekend, and we have "Candy Bar" Mike's trip Sunday. The fluke should be hungry.
Monday, July 23, 2018
It seems every summer that we have a week of rain and wind. This has become the norm over the past twenty years. While it may mess up some vacations, ( there are a lot of summer people around this year) the east wind should help bring in warm water and more fish. We fished Saturday morning in a building sea and had a pretty good bite of nice sized fluke and sea bass until the east wind forced us back to the dock. As always, gulp produced the keepers and bait produced trash. If the rain ever stops, we will try for crabs again in what has been the best crab year in recent memory.