Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Cool Day

OK, maybe it was a little more then cool Tuesday, with the thermometer reading 37 degrees and frost on the truck. Shorts and T-shirts were replaced with hooded shirts and fleece, and off to the beach we went. Some casting and exploring from the sand produced some snapper blues and fluke, while a bald eagle soared overhead. When the tide got right it was small sea bass and blackfish on every cast until we got tired and headed home to watch baseball. Like I said, a cool day.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pioneer Banks

Over forty boats, including Jersey shore and Long Island party and charter boats, drifting for striped bass at the Statue of Liberty the past two days.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fishing Limbo

Not much going on. Rough weather and closed seasons have most boats sitting at the dock. Porgy fishing remains good when you can get out, but that only remains interesting for an hour. The same with catch and release blackfishing, it's lots of fun, but there is no need to stand on a boat all day. I have been catching some shorts and keepers in the bay and also from shore. Last month we had great fishing for ling in the deep, but the bad weather and dogfish ruined our trip on Sunday. A try at trout fishing in local waters was also a bust as the streams are running low and warm. We will keep the big boat tied up until sea bass season, and try some fishing off the beach next week.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Rough Seas

The strong south wind and the arrival of the spiny dogfish cut short our mudhole adventure. Everyone had a couple ling and some flounder but the dogs were thick and we had to retreat inshore and finish the day porgy fishing. Back at it again when sea bass opens 10/22.




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Next Big Trip

Sunday, October 8, Mudhole Wrecks. Ling, Whiting ( yes, I expect to see a few), Flounder and Cod. Time to fill the freezer before the cold NW blows. Call or E-mail to get on the list. Last time out there we loaded up.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hurricanes

Tropical storm Jose has set up shop just east of the Continental shelf off our coast and continues to churn out 7 to 10 foot seas on the fishing grounds. It does not appear to be moving much and Hurricane Maria may take a similar track next week. We can't catch a break, and it looks like the ocean will be closed for a few days. Monday, we snuck out to fish from the beach, and had a good day despite the building NE wind. Double headers of small sea bass and snapper blues and a few nice fluke from the sand. A try in the rocks produced a small blackfish every cast until I ran out of bait, two of them were keeper sized. If the winds settle a little, we will go back to see if they are still biting.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Warm Weather and Hot Fishing

We had a big charter the other day and caught some nice porgies, threw back big sea bass and had eight big triggerfish. The whales put on quite a show, jumping out of the water, feeding on bunker. Yesterday, we took a ride in the bay with our old deckhand Bob D. and found lots of life. We set up on some structure and found porgies, sea bass and blackfish. Evelyn's porgies kept getting attacked by a big bluefish. Next time out, I would like to bring some green crabs, there are some big blackfish and other creatures on the hard bottom.