Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Christmas Cod Trip Report
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!