Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, Tugboat Fred and the gang had a pretty good day with our best showing of keepers in a while. Pete Z. had the biggest at 6lbs. and Bob B. had a 5lb. in his catch. Randy had three in the box by 10 AM and caught loads of shorts the rest of the day. Saturday Tom P. and family had fun despite the strong current and caught some fish. They went home with a nice fillet bag for "fluke oreganata". Evelyn helped with a 5lber. Sunday was a grind. Lots of shorts and a strong current all day. The fish are around, we just need better conditions to make a catch.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Fishing seems to be getting better although it's not the slammer we had for the past month. As Roger would put it "it's regular fluking". Those that fish hard and grind it out get a couple of nice fish. The keepers today were 3 to 6lbs. and we saw a few more weakfish.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Today I had the pleasure of hosting Tom Kowalik and crew from the old ST. Andrew's Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps of Bayonne, NJ. On hand were Larry K., Chet F., Lenny K., and Whitey D. The guys had a nice day catching a bunch of shorts, enough keepers for dinner and our first few weakfish of the year. Thanks for a great day guys, I hope to do it again soon.
In the early days of WW II, the German U-boats operated freely in the Atlantic sinking tons of Allied shipping. Until the invention of the Asdic scanner and the breaking of the Enigma code they were virtually unopposed, calling this the "Happy Time". Well we may have had our "happy time" as Friday's Nor'easter shut down the month long bite of big fluke. Saturday was a struggle just to get a few dinners as even the shorts didn't bite. Sunday showed signs of improvement as the short action picked up and we managed a fillet bag for everyone with the biggest at 5lbs.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Got out today with some pretty good flukers. I didn't know what to expect after yesterdays storms and was greeted to a steady NE breeze. Not a good biting wind and the fishing was slow for the first few hours, with mostly shorts coming aboard. Around noon time the wind crapped out and we had a little bite. Randy limited, Joe N. was one short and Tommy O. landed one just shy of six pounds. I cancelled tomorrow due to the forecast, but the weekend looks OK.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday was a beautiful day on the bay and we threw some quality fluke in the boat. Lots of fun and very relaxing. Saturday was the opposite as 70 boats from all points on the compass converged on the "pioneer banks". Weekend boaters and googans that had to run around full throttle, causing choppy seas from their wakes and refusing to move for shipping traffic even when being warned by the Coast Guard! The last word on the radio was that the USCG was looking for the organizers of the fishing tournament. I was happy to get off the boat after that flying s#*t show. Sunday was back to normal as the regulars got back to work and had another "deck dump" of 4 to 6 lbers. Very busy this week but some weekdays still available this month. Don't miss out on the best fluke run in six years.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
The "Tugboat" Fred crew were back again this Friday and filled the fillet bags with fish up to 6 1/2lbs. Saturday was one of the most fun days ever. Skip, "Mittens" Mike, Joey "Bottles",Brian and Anthony "The Barker" along with Evelyn and I set out on a mission to catch Big Moe. Anthony is the most intense fluke fisherman I have ever seen and he has caught many big fluke with me over the years. The boys (and the girl) were steadily filling the box with big fish but Anthony was having a tough time. After landing a 7 3/4lb. early in the day, he went into a slump and was catching shorts and talking to himself. Joey had the hot hand and landed seven keepers, most in the 4 to 6lb. range and was hooked up most of the day. Mittens landed a 6lber. and was disappointed that it was "only a little one." Around 1PM and after a pep talk from Joey, the Barker finally got a hold of his personal best, and joined the ten pound club. The fillets from the days catch crowned a five gallon pail! Sunday the current was a little difficult and the bite was off a little. Some big fish were lost at the boat but not all of them. Ken "The Legend" landed an 8 1/4lber.
Monday, July 2, 2012
That's all I can say about the fishing. We are catching plenty of limits and the fluke are averaging 4 to 6lbs. Friday, "Tugboat" Fred and his crew filled the cooler with big stuff. Pete had our biggest of the season so far at 9 3/4lbs. Saturdays charter filled a five gallon pail 3/4 with fillets. Sunday Anthony R. had seven from 4 to 7lbs. Evelyn also had seven up to 6 1/2lbs. Rebecca K. won the pool with an 8lber. Tons of big fluke and I still have some weekdays open. You could go to Montauk or Cape Cod and you will not find better fluke fishing then we have right now.