Saturday, November 18, 2017
I always liked the fall and the good fishing that came with it. I have fond memories of coming home in the dark on a cold afternoon with a box full of blackfish and some cod and striped bass too. Today the day started off nice but now at 4 pm the wind is blowing a gale, it's almost dark as night and the temperature is falling. We will sail on nice weather days and we have a lot of open dates. Right now, it looks like we will be tied up until the wind backs off in a day or two.
Friday, November 17, 2017
It really should not be called opening day. Maybe increase day or something like that would be more appropriate as the blackfish season has been open since July, but the bag limit went up to six yesterday. Rain in the morning kept the turn out low, as we had a bunch of no-shows, and all but the striped bass boats had light crowds. The ocean had a southerly swell in the early morning, but soon the wind turned to the west and the rain stopped and the seas flattened to make it a rather nice day. Fishing was the typical pick, those that worked hard ( I can't stress the importance of changing the bait enough) did well. Everyone had a few nice fish and I had a big one that ran to the bow and shaved off on the rocks and we will be trying to get him on the next trip. West winds bring calm seas and good fishing. Stay tuned for the next trips, we will sail on all nice weather days.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The weather was good this week and we fished on the offshore reef and wrecks. Thursday's trip saw very big (14 to 18 inch) porgies, mixed sized sea bass, four nice cod to 9lbs., four winter flounder to 19 1/2 inches and many bluefish encounters with fish up to 18lbs. Now is the time to get out there before the winter wind blows. Friday's charter wanted striped bass, so I stayed on the land and worked the local Pine Barrens creeks and bogs. Seven pickerel were raised on a top water plug and I landed the biggest one I ever saw at twenty-five inches.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
We are now getting the real fall weather, beautiful days with cool mornings and mild afternoons, set between storms, cold fronts and gales weekly. Friday was one of those days, with the temperature reading 36 degrees when we left the house for the beach. The dink blackfish and sea bass ate up our crab supply so we headed out to the point to explore. Fishing from the land is new to us and it is very interesting learning the water. There are holes, ridges, bars, snags and other structure that hold fish, just like anywhere else in the ocean. We walked out to the point and worked the water for whatever we could find. Snapper blues were abundant, but were very finicky and only wanted the spearing they were feeding on, but would occasionally tear up the gulp and bigger ones would grab the jig. I was on a mission for a late season fluke, I want to see how long I could still catch one from the land. Evelyn was casting in to a deep hole behind the bar and had two redfish cruise along the beach but could not get them to bite. As I worked the jig back up a ledge, I wondered what I could have gotten snagged on so close in when it started shaking and running down tide. I was happy to see a twenty inch fluke that I played down the beach and landed for a quick photo and release. I will not get into how I feel about the regulations, but that fluke would have made a fine dinner. Looks like bad weather the next few days, but the long range show more mild days ahead.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
We left the dock in the dark, at 5:30 AM with all the railed party boats soon to follow. On the way to the grounds, most of the spots were covered with private boats that left sometime the night before. We set up to fish in the dark and all rods bent...with spiny dogfish. As the day brightened the bass and porgies began to appear. We drifted and anchored at different spots and there were all types of boats in every direction. Some anglers did better then others, but everyone caught fish. Evelyn was the angler of the day, landing the most and largest sea bass. Randy won the pool with one of his four blackfish. Some triggerfish and a bonito were added to the catch. Thanks to everyone for coming out and enjoying a nice day on the ocean, stay tuned for future trips.