Friday, December 30, 2011
After yesterday's cold and a change in the forcast we decided to hop on the Angler as my favorite cod boat had a full crew. Very tough anchoring conditions with the lack of wind but Capt George was determined. We went to the marble tiles and it was like old times for twenty minutes ( St. Pete, you should have been there!) Plenty of blackfish and some ling. If the weather holds there should be good fishing for the next few weeks.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What a day with Capt Steve aboard the Skylarker. We had a great crew onboard, Saint Pete, Randy, Capt Fred, Blackfish Ken, Jim from Sandy Hook Pilots, Paul the mate from the Mary M out of Barnegate Light, Evelyn and Myself, and that #1 mate Tim B. I was concerned about the weather before we left the dock as the early reports from the offshore bouys were showing high seas, but the ocean was fairly nice and quite fishable. About an 1 1/2 hr. ride to the mudhole (Steve's new boat is faster then the last one) and we were in to fish all day. A barrel full of keeper cod up to 18lbs., some shorts, as well as a nice mix of ling, sea bass and blackfish. The fishing was good all day long despite the strong current that made anchoring difficult and it was very strange not to see another fishing boat all day long. Everyone went home with full fillet bags, plenty of fish for those special Christmas and New Years dinners. Call me or Capt Steve if yopu would like to put together one of these trips. You won't be dissapointed!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
On Saturday Evelyn and I fished with Capt. George on the Angler and had a nice day out at the Scotland grounds. The blackfishing was spotty, but it was nice to see a good showing of ling in only 70 feet of water. The ling fishing should only improve with the cooler water temps. Our special holiday cod trip on the Skylarker will be moved to Tuesday due to the weather.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
We fished with Capt. Steve aboard the Jamaica II on Wednesday and had a great day. Evelyn, Myself and Tim ( the deckhand on the Skylarker ) filled a 100 qt. cooler with ling. Evelyn had two keeper cod, the largest about 8lbs.( just missed the pool by a few ounces) and a nice sea bass. Tim also had a keeper cod. Warm weather, calm seas, dolphins playing around the boat all day, is it really December?
Monday, December 12, 2011
I just got back from Florida and 80 degree temperatures and it feels really cold here. The nice weather of November seems to be carrying over in to this month and the fishing remains good. I am a little sorry the boat is put away for the winter after hearing the reports. Stripers are still chasing the sand eels, along with bluefish and bluefin tuna. Amazing. Blackfish remain strong, ling are showing up, sea bass are starting to bite offshore, I hope I can get out before the winter weather arrives.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Yeah, yeah, I know it's the holidays but the boat went on the blocks today. Evelyn and I took advantage of the nice weather and spent three days taking all the fishing tackle, rods, coolers, clothing and everything else up to the garage. I spent most of the time in the engine room, cleaning and changing oil,filters and all the other fun stuff that comes with winterizing. The stripers are still biting out in the ocean, too far for us if we were still sailing, and the big boats pick at blackfish (nothing like the fishing we had the past two months) but it's the only game in town. I will start fishing on the big boats in a couple weeks when the cod and ling start to bite.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The weather was as good as it could be for this time of year and we started off Friday with plans of catching big blackfish. The blackfish had other plans. We got to the grounds and waited for the bite to start and waited and waited...finally giving in and trying for stripers on the local grounds and after an hour of that, threw in the towel. Saturday I had a crew of big blackfish hunters looking for the hot fishing they had last week. Onboard were Saint Pete, Frankie, Jerry, Randy, Ken and Felix. Started on the blackfish grounds and quickly decided a change in plans was needed. We headed out to the ocean and were greeted with diving birds and striped bass. The guys caught some schoolies and keepers and then we made a drop for blacks. The new moon current made the fishing nearly impossible. We caught a few and then fought the extreme current all the way home. Sunday I told the crew to be ready for bass. Out to the Tin Can Grounds were the bass and birds were blitzing on sand eels. Rebecca did very well after traveling all night to get to the boat. Thanks for the gift. Mike L. got his first ever striper. Roger did very good as usual when it comes to jigging and boated the largest bass at 14lbs. Ken caught a lot of fish up to 30 inches. Evelyn was the angler of the day. It seemed she had a fish on every drift all day long. Big Tom had lots of fun when not complaining about various ailments. The ice on the dock in the morning reminded me that it,s time to put the boat away for the winter, time to fish on the big boats, we will start up again in April. We will be catching fluke before you know it.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With the season winding down, I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and get a trip in. Well so much for the weather. It was raining, dark, cold, and dreary when we left the dock. The bite started off slow and stayed that way all day. There are less smaller blackfish and the big ones we are catching are not as aggresive and you have to wait for the bites. Randy had a few up to six pounds and Ken caught a mess up to eight pounds. The suprise of the day was two keeper striped bass that bit on green crabs. The wind picked up out of the SE about 1PM and we got in just as the rain started.
Monday, November 21, 2011
It's been a busy couple of days on the blackfish grounds. Friday we had a steady pick of larger fish, Evelyn had the biggest at 8lbs. and many were 4 to 6lbs. Randy had a good day and Saint Pete did well also. Saturday was a wide open bite with a boat limit by 11 AM. I was expecting to find the same on Sunday but the fish were very finicky and it was a long time between bites. The average size was smaller but we did put a few 5's and 6's in the box. Ken was high hook with 9 keeper sized fish.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
We are fortunate to still be fishing in the bay this time of year. The reports from the ocean told tales of high winds and higher seas. The blackfish bite was picky this weekend. The fish are there, but would turn on and off for no apparent reason. I think the full moon had something to do with it. There were plenty of bites but the fish would not take hold and were hard to hook. The ones we did catch were nice size with some going 5 to 7lbs. Dan C. had the biggest of the weekend, a nine pounder that was released. Saturday we were the only boat on the grounds but with the nice forecast and the lack of striped bass, everyone was trying for blackfish on Sunday and it was crowded out there. The season is winding down and I hope the fishing holds up for the next two weeks.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
What a perfect day to be out fishing and I had the best crew of anglers aboard. We got to the blackfish grounds and set up on the fish right away. The crew had me running around with the net for the first hour until the fishing slowed to a pick of bigger fish . (the smaller ones are more aggresive). Ken caught a mess up to 6lbs., Tom O. had a 6 1/2lber., Evelyn's best was a six, Mark S. had a five, Felix and Randy had fun, and Capt. Fred was the angler of the day with a 6lb. a 6 1/2lb. and the 7lb. pool winner. Around 11:30 AM the full moon tide started ripping and the bite shut down. I tried four different spots for striped bass but we never had a bite and returned to the dock half an hour early.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday started off dark, cold and windy but we were going blackfishing because there are plenty of days coming soon for shoveling snow and watching the Weather Channel. Onboard were Dan, Doug and Patrick and they had a good day with quite a few 5 and 6lb. fish. Sunday was much nicer as the wind died out and the sun was shining when we left the dock. The fishing varied during the day from slow to a pick to very good. Everyone caught a mess of blackfish but Big Tom was the star of the day with a 6 1/2lb. and 11 1/2lber. our largest of the season. Ken had some 5and 6lbers. Roger's best was a six, Evelyn had a 6lber. Capt Fred caught a bunch (I know I gaffed at least one) and Rebecca went home with a nice bag of fillets.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
We could not fill the boat today but it was so beautiful we went fishing anyway. Paradise pete, Ken the Legend , Evelyn and I had a great day of blackfishing in flat calm conditions. It was so calm we even drifted while wating for some current to anchor. Fishing was good, the fish were a little finicky and you had to tease them into biting but most of the fish were nice whitechins in the four to six pound class. I will sail on Saturday if anyone is interested give me a call.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The fall season is normally a windy time of year, with fast moving systems, cold fronts and NW winds. The first NE storms also show up this time of year and change the fishing picture. I am sure we made the right call in cancelling the trip for today's sea bass opener as the coastal bouys are showing NE winds at 20 knots. The advantage we have is being able to fish in the bay where we are not effected by the rough ocean waters. Sailing for blackfish WED 11/2 a few spots left.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
How's this for a report - I just returned from putting storm lines on the boat and my hands were so cold I barely could move my fingers. I went and picked up a new snow thrower, turned up the heat and I am watching the snow come down as I write this. Remember Ken's reports when we had the great fluke fishing this summer, the part about "go fishing now..." Well it looks like we won't be out for a few days.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Onboard today were Paradise Pete, Randy 300, Felix the Bounty Hunter, Mark S. and Ken. After the hot fishing on the weekend we were ready to do it again but the blackfish had different plans. We did not land a fish until two hours into the trip as we watied for the tide to change. When the current did start running we picked at some very finicky blackfish. It wasn't a total bust as the guys had some nice fillets but I quess we are just getting spoiled and don't expect a slow day once in a while. On Tuesday Evelyn and I fished with Capt. Steve on the Skylarker and had a good trip to the mudhole with Ev landing a nice bluefin tuna.
Monday, October 24, 2011
We got on the blackfish both days and had very good fishing. Many shorts but if you waited them out some nice 4 to 6lbers. came over the rail. A try for bass on sunday afternoon was a bust but there are some around as the boats fishing for them on saturday did good. It seems like the green crab shortage is over for now, so we will be fishing for blackfish and stripers for the rest of the season.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Today we tried to continue the hot bass bite of last week. Onboard were Ken, Mark S., George G., George JR. and Uncle Andy. The stripers had other things in mind. While I read fish on the scope, we could not get any to bite. I tried different spots on different tides but not a bite. We broke out the few remaining green crabs and salvaged the day with a pick at the blackfish. Young George did a fine job today, baiting his own hook, and outfishing his Dad.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday we stayed in port due to the high winds. Sunday started off with the wind still blowing. I was thinking about trying for bass when we left the dock but the wind was howling and the seas in the bay were standing 4 footers. We went blackfishing instead and had an excellent day playing catch and release, keeping a few five pounders for the table. I spent the whole day Friday trying to track down some green crabs for bait and was lucky enough to get some for this weekend but all future trips depend on the availability of bait.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
On Sunday the regular crew had an excellent day with blacks up to 6lbs. and striped bass up to 18lbs. Monday Tom P. was out with Luke (age 7) Tom and Daniel ( age 11) Pop and Joyce. The boys had a great day and did a real good job catching many blackfish all day long. Special thanks to Evelyn for helping the boys catch fish.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
We are back from our annual fall fishing trip in New England. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was OK, a mix of cod haddock pollack and the elusive cusk. I have some openings for striped bass and blackfish depending on the availability of green crabs, there seems to be a shortage.Call for info.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
After another gloomy week of weather, it looks like we will have a nice fall weekend. I have plenty of open dates for charters and will post upcoming open boat trips. Striped Bass and Blackfish for October and November. Go fishing now, before it starts snowing.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
WE headed out to the ocean on Saturday to fish the rocks for porgies, sea bass and fluke. The NE winds made the drift fast and bumpy. We found a few fish every where we went but the weather put the bite off and made fishing difficult. In the afternoon there was a showing of fluke dispite the rough seas and sea robins, and we caught some shorts and keepers up to 4 1/2lbs. Evelyn had the big fish of the day, a 13lb. striped bass on a porgie hook.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
We finally got out fishing again after a week of wind and rain. I intended to head out to the ocean to fish rocks and reefs but a stiff east wind and big swells kept us in the bay. I tried a variety of spots but the water was discolored from the fresh water run-off and looked like mud. After getting no bites all morning the crew threw in the towel at noon time and we went home early with nothing to show for our efforts. When the ocean settles (maybe the end of this week) I would like to make a trip out to the rocks. Call if you would like to come along.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I am still hoping to take advantage of the extended fluke season this year. If the weather ever gets nice I would like to try some rocks and wrecks for fluke and sea bass. Also the first striped bass show up around this time of year but with all this rain the water still hasn't had a chance to clear from the hurricane. We will just keep trying. It looks like Sunday will be the next day out (the park is closed Saturday for the 9/11 memorial) and will try next week weather permitting.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
A lot of fishing and not much catching. Just as predicted, the storm ruined our fluke bite. Monday was an improvement with about fifty shorts landed, most of them caught on inside spots. If the water ever clears up [ it looks like coffee with cream] the fishing should get better. Rebecca K was the star of the weekend with a 4 and 5 1/2lber.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Just returned from the boat, spent the morning getting her ready to fish again. The water around the marina and the upper bay is a kind of green-brown-grey looking mess like on "Hillbilly Handfishin'". Idid see some bunker schools and a few more tide changes should clear things up. I will sail on Friday to see whats around, call if you would like to come along. Saturday is still open and I will sail if there are enough anglers interested. Sunday and Monday are chartered.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The travel ban was lifted at 1PM, so Evelyn and I went to check the boat. I took a round about way on main streets to avoid flooding. It didn't work. Detour this way-no good -back up, turn around, finally I got on the Turnpike extension to avoid the floods! The park was closed due to the flooding but the rangers let us park and walk in. Good thing we had our boots. Walked down to the boat and there she was, sitting like a duck in a pond, like nothing ever happend. The overcast, dark sky and strong NW breeze gave it an October feel. Fishing will resume later in the week. It should be interesting.
The storm is upon us now and the biggest problem seems to be the heavy rain. Some gusts to 60 knots in the harbor but the storm surge dosen't appeasr to be too high. If anyone remembers hurricane Bob and Gloria, the damaging winds came after the storms passed, out of the west as the high pressure raced in after the extreme low. I haven't seen any of these winds in the observations from the southern states as the storm passed, so we might get lucky. I expect to be fishing towards the end of the week, it should be interesting. Stay safe.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday was the day to be fishing as the fluke bit like mad ahead of the coming storm. Onboard were Ken, Big Tom, my old pal John C. , Tugboat Fred and Evelyn, along with new angler Joe O. Everyone caught a mess of fish and Fred had the largest at 7 1/2lbs. The boat is tied up for the storm, good luck to all. Fishing should resume towards the end of next week and it looks good for the holiday weekend.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Today Ken and Evelyn and myself caught 72 fluke by 1 pm. We kept three big ones for dinner, releasing the rest. If you would like to go Friday I have three spots available. When the storm passes the fishing picture will be changed. Fluke will still be around, but Striped Bass, Blues Sea Bass, Porgies and Weakfish will dominate until Blackfish opens October first.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday we had Rebecca K. and her crew from NYC. The gang did well despite the stiff NW breeze and caught many short fluke and a few keepers. I will sail on Wedenesday and Friday this week and may have to move Sundays trip to Saturday due to the approaching hurricane. I suggest that if anyone likes fluke fishing to come out this week because if this storm pass close to us the current batch of fish in the channels will be gone. It will take a while for things to settle down after the blow and the next batch of fish to school up for the migration. I expect to see good fishing in September but the storm will mess things up for a while. The bite is on- GO FISHING NOW.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Paradise Pete, Pop-Pop Jerry, Sean, Mike L. and Evelyn had a great day Friday. Pete and I had a misunderstanding over a six to seven pound fish but other then that the rest of the day was fine. Good luck to Mike in school, see you bass fishing. Saturday the old fluke gang was out. Skip, Mittens, The Barker, Bottles, George and Paul [they did't earn nicknames yet] did a job on the fluke. Nothing huge came up but Anthony had a double-header that we thought was a big one. Lots of laughs and some 4 to 5 pounders in the box.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mike T. from Passaic was aboard for his annual charter. The weather was perfect and the guys did a real good job, catching fluke all day.Pal Qui caught the largest fluke, a seven pounder. I was so happy with the great day, that I showed the boys my August striped bass trick and sent them home with a nineteen pounder.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday was a nice day on the water. There was a lot of boats out taking advantage of the weather. We had the gang from Clifton NJ onboard for a nice pick of fluke. Pete Sr. had the biggest at 23 inches. Sunday was quite different. The regular suspects were waiting at the dock, so we went out for a half day to test the rain gear. The fishing was actually good in the shallow spots but the rain won out and we docked at 11 :30AM.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
The nice thing about fishing in the upper bay is the fact that there is always a place to hide from the weather. Strong east and south winds usually shut down the fluke bite, but you can find some on the inside spots. The day started with a strong southerly wind, but it backed around to the west and turned into a nice summer day. Fishing ranged from slow at times to very good as tidal conditions changed. Some real nice fluke were caught. Jimmy had the biggest a 28 inch 9lber.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursdays fishing was slow due to a low pressure system and a stiff east wind. It is amazing how the fish just stop biting. In the afternoon the wind hauled around to the southwest and the fish started biting again. Friday started off slow but as the day wore on the fishing improved. The last two drifts of the day could not have been any better, a fluke as fast as your rig hit the bottom. At one point everyone had a fish on at the same time. Ken the Legend caught the biggest fluke-7lbs.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Very good fluke fishing, with 2 or 3 on at once, fish coming all the time, all day. The only problem was that they were mostly 13 to 16 inches. Some keepers, but thirteen year old Andrew from Pittsburgh PA was the star of the day With his 9 3/4lb. doormat. Sailing open 8/6, many days available for charter. Go fishing now because we all will be shoveling snow before you know it.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Friday was one of the better days of the summer, with everyone catching nice sized fluke. Mike L. was the angler of the day with a limit up to 7 1/4lbs. Pat had a big blackfish about 8lbs. Mike was out again on Saturday with his family and friends and the fishing was much slower. Sunday the fluke started biting again and we had a nice mix of keepers and shorts up to 5 1/4lbs.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
The deepwater run of big fluke continues. Many fish between 5 and 7lbs. feeding on huge schools of bait in the deep water. Roger was the angler of the day, topping off his limit catch with a 10lb. doormat. Sailing open boat by reservation Friday 7/29 and Saturday 7/30. Call 201 650 9768 for details.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Today we worked over the 50 foot depths for big fluke. Tommy O. lead the way with our biggest fluke of the season at 9 1/4 lbs. Ken the Legend had an 8 lber. Other fish were in the 5 to 6 lb. class. Now is the time. Plenty of days available for charters.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Lots of fun this weekend. Saturday Paradise Pete, Frankie, PopPop Jerry, Sean, John (aka The Roaster)and Ryan caught a load of fluke. I enjoyed watching the boys in action. Special thanks to Dan for his patience. Sunday saw plenty of fluke of all sizes. The only ones missing were the big (over five pounds) fish we like to catch. A nice mess of keepers and everyone went home with fillets. Felix had the pool fish again at 22 1/2 inches.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The weather for the next week looks perfect for fishing. We will be coming off the full moon cycle, and I expect to see a new body of fluke moving into the bay. This is traditionally when we catch some of the largest fish of the season. Call your friends and put a trip together, or call me if you don't have enough for a charter and I can try to fill up the trip. 7AM to 2 :30PM Fluke charter $600. Sailing open boat by reservation every Wednesday during fluke season $80 per person.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The NW wind allowed us only six drifts in the channel. Plenty of fish in the shallow spots but not the kind we were looking for. Emil J. was the top fisherman with a 4 and 4 1/2lber. If anyone is interested I will try for big fish in the 50 to 60 foot depths on Friday 7/14. Give me a call if you would like to go. 201 650 9768.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
It was a hot and hazy day on the water. The fishing started off picky, so I tried some different spots.There was fluke in all of them, some better than others, but none of the big fish we were looking for. Tommy O. caught the biggest, a 4lber. Sailing open boat by reservation every Wednesday during fluke season. Fare $80. Call 201 650 9768 to save a spot.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday was a rainy day on the bay. We managed to fish in the deep all day in a variety of conditions [ wind, rain, current...] and picked at fluke all day until the wind picked up and we went home. Evelyn's 4 1/2lber. beat out a bunch of 4's for the pool. Monday the weatherman promised a nice day but it was foggy and overcast all morning. Fishing was picky until the tide got right. Randy had a 5 and 5 1/2, Felix 4 1/2 and 5, Skip's best was 6 and Evelyn won the pool again with a 6 1/2lber.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It was a perfect summer day to be on the water. The only problem was the breeze and the tide made it very difficult to fish in the deep water. Off to the shallow [16 to 28 feet] and the bite was red hot. Two and three fluke on at a time. Tom was the fisherman of the day with a 5 1/2 and 4 1/2lb. to beat out Mike C. to win the pool.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
SAT. I had Mike from NYC along with his Dad and friends,and Skip aboard for todays open boat trip. Started in the deep a caught a few nice fluke and then we lost the drift. A nasty south wind blew up in the afternoon and ruined the deep water bite, so I tried the shallow water and it was loaded with fluke. The last drift went for one mile, over thirty minutes. Skip was pulling fish as soon as he hit the bottom. A real nice crew and a good fun day. SUN. Back to the deep water and less then ideal conditions. The drift was a little fast but we toughed it out for a nice pick at the big fluke. Roger's 7lber. beat out Rebecca's 6 1/2 and Tom's 6 to win the pool. Other 4 and 5lbers., everyone went home with fillets.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
A great day of deep water fluking. Many limits around the boat. All keepers were 4 to 7 3/4lbs. Felix had the biggest at 28 inches, 7 3/4lbs. 'Tugboat' Fred, 6 and 6 1/2lbs. Plenty of 4's and 5's. Providing you the opportunity to catch trophy fluke is what we do! 4 spots available for SAT. 6/25 open boat trip.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
SAT "Oil Man" Chris and the crew from Clifton had a fun day on the water. I fished in the bay and tried some spots for the first time this season. Fishing ranged from slow to good, but the fish were on the small side. SUN WE headed back out to the ocean to look for bigger fish and were greeted with the best bite of the season so far. At times, all rods were bending with fluke. We fished various spots and found fish in 17 to 70 feet of water. Over 200 fluke were landed up to 4 1/2lbs.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Capt Fred brought the crew from West Milford down for a day of fluke fishing. I ran the trip single handed, so out to the ocean we went for long drifts and plenty of action. The guys wore me out netting fish. Pete had a 41/2lb. Rich had a 4lb., Bob had a 5lb. and Fred had a 5 and 41/2lb. among his best. It was a great day to be out on the water.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturdays charter canceled, so we sailed open boat with Joe and Mike. The weather turned gloomy as the day went on. The fluke started biting well but slowed down as the wind increased from the east. Dispite the conditions we picked away and had a fun day. Sunday I thought we were in for more of the same, but it actually turned into a nice day. We found biting fluke everywhere we tried. Many fish in the 17 to 20 inch range and at times it was 'drop and reel'. Ken had a pair of 5lbers. Everyone caught a lot of fluke.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
SAT. Skip and the guys from work were out today for some bass fishing. The first spot had some life but it was the end of the tide and we did't have enough time to get them started. Patience paid off in the next spot as we boated 13 fish between 10 and 11AM. Only 3 were keepers. Tommy had the biggest at 16lbs. SUN. Right back to the first spot and 4 keepers up to Ken Havens 20lber. After an hour of striper fishing it was on to the fluke grounds for a slow pick. It seemed like the more the south wind blew the less the fluke bit. MON. We left the dock after the storms passed and went to the bass grounds. I didn't think the bass would bite after all the lightning but lil' Frank caught his first keeper. The wind shifted to NW for the first time in three weeks, so I tried some outside spots for fluke. Fishing was great all day long, with many 17 to 19 inch fluke. Peter G., Antoinette, Roger, Ken, Evelyn and myself were hauling fluke all day, but Frank was the top fisherman with a 4lb and a 6lb fluke. Evelyn also had a 4lber that provided two dinners for us. I can't wait to get back out there, the fluke bite is on!
Monday, May 23, 2011
On Saturday we had Mike Coyne and crew for their annual bass trip. The guys caught a few in the first hour and then the current died out when it should have been running harder. We tried some different spots and did not land another the rest of the day. The guys tried hard and had lots of fun despite the slow fishing. Sunday we set up on the first spot and had a steady bite all day. Shorts, keepers, some fluke, busted lines, missed bites, pulled hooks... there was always something going on.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Today we had Sal Albano and the crew from the Bronx aboard for some exellent striped bass fishing. The guys limited by 10:15. Sal caught the biggest at 20lbs. It seems that a new body of fish moved in on the full moon. This is the fishing we have been waiting for and hopefully it will last for a few more weeks. Plenty of weekdays open. Give me a call and get in on the hot bite.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
May is striped bass time. Looking at past log book records, we should see our best fishing of the entire season in the next two weeks. As everyone knows, there are no sure things in fishing but I feel this will be prime time. Even if you don't have enough friends to charter the whole boat or would like to go fishing just by yourself, give me a call as I will sail open boat on nice weather days. I will post open sailing days when we are not chartered here and also on njfishing.com. The next three weekends are booked but most weekdays are open.
Monday, May 16, 2011
SAT. turned out to be a nice day on the water. WE had "Oil Man" Chris and his crew aboard. The first spot produced a couple stripers and blackfish [released] until the tide slacked. The second drop saw some nicer fish taken. Doug had a 16 and 17lb. Pete caught 2 nice bass, his first in 21 years! Sunday we had similar fishing and a variety of weather. Strong east winds then a thunderstorm with heavy downpours then no wind and flat calm then thick fog and chilly south wind and finally sunshine and warm temperatures when we returned to the dock. Everyone went home with a nice bag of fish.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Hi everyone, the fishing the past few days has been up and down, as the conditions change during the trip. It seems we spend a lot of time waiting for the tide to run and the bite to start. The striped bass are there but they are a little finicky. Short bites, tap-tap, hard to hook. There are also some nice fluke and big blackfish, along with blues in the mix. Bob Baines of West Milford, NJ had a 27LB striped bass on yesterdays trip.