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.