Friday, August 31, 2012
I have been reading glowing reports all over the internet about the best fluking of the season today. Well the fish have moved on the full moon were caught pretty far away. We caught lots of fluke ( Mike L. caught the most he ever has) but we came in with our worst catch of the season as the size wasn't there. Tried a lot of different areas and fought the strong current, even tried an anchor drop for sea bass and only caught pins. This weekend will be interesting with east wind in the forecast. Going to try some different spots and see what happens.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Today, Felix and his friends did a lot of fishing and had a lot of fun. I tried the Harbor, the channel, Boop, Fluffy's, Phil's hill, Fred"s ledge, the rip, tin can, the tounge, marty's hole, the slot and Bay Ridge Flats to eat my first donut since after last years hurricane. The hard work part was carried out by Evelyn and I. Going again tomorrow, there is still a little fuel left in the tanks.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ken the Legend has two trips in a row with keepers. The mad dog bite is on? Fishing is tough right now but the hard work is paying off. Barker had an 8lb. today and I had a 6lb. amongst the never ending sea robins. Evelyn landed two keeper sea bass, a blue and a blowfish. Call if you are interested, I will try to get everyone onboard.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday we landed nine fish over twenty inches, (sorry Ken, after going 0 fort August, you must have been blinded with bliss). We had to fight through dog sharks and sea robins, but hard work was the key to a catch. Today we dragged a lot of bait and tried hard for only as few. Hey, St. Pete, there's a hurricane brewing, I expect to here from you soon.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The new moon current and NE wind changed the fishing picture. I started in an area the held some nice fluke and porgies last week to find it over run with sea robins. Tried some new spots and found only a few fluke and more sea robins. Fishing is like baseball,"there's always tomorrow", back at it, starting off fresh.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Had the perfect weather to make an exploratory trip out to the rocks and wrecks. Ran over an hour to the first spot and found only shorts and some small sea bass. Continued off a few more miles to some sharp snags and found the big fluke. The Barker put on a bucktail clinic, showing how it's done. We lost some tackle but the keepers ran from four to six pounds. A stop on a wreck on the way home produced some triggerfish (Evelyn had a double header) and some more fluke. The big ones are still around but they are not so easy to catch. A little innovation and hard work is paying off.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I began to get frustrated after fishing in many spots today and only finding 12 to 17 inch fluke. I went to a big fish spot and found a fleet spread around the area catching shorts. After the boats left the area we started to see a few keepers and when the drift and tide got right Big Moe made the mistake of biting Evelyn's hook. He tried to back up at the net but I have seen many huge fluke since I started working on the PALACE III in 1975. On the scale 10.5 lbs. our largest fluke of the season so far. I still have a couple of spots for Thursday.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday was a pretty nice day, with an overcast to keep the sun off us and not many boats out on the bay. We had Evan N. and family and friends aboard for his birthday. The guys caught all kinds of fish in the bay and managed to cull four 23 inch fish from among loads of shorts, sea robins, sea bass, blues, weakfish and kingfish. Sunday was a lot different as it seemed that anyone who had a boat used it today. The morning tide brought lots of shorts and sea robins but over all pretty dull fishing. Roger summed up the afternoons fishing best, calling it "just like the Little Rascal's pancake." We still had enough keepers for a few fluke dinners.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Fishing has been very good the past two days, with up and down fishing, two and three on at times. Some nice ones in the mix but you have to fish through the smaller ones. The fish are spread over a wide area, and we even left biting fish to try new spots, looking for bigger ones. This fishing is typical for August and should last until a storm pushes them offshore. Don't waste time, the bite is on.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
What's with all these other posts on other sites, that captains can't believe the way fluke are biting. Don't they read this site? Everyone can't be a PIONEER with 35 years fluke fishing experience but they try. Last two days they bit just as I said they would, mostly smaller sizes but enough for dinner. Evelyn had a 6lber. to go along with 30 plus shorts. Don't waste time, we will be shoveling snow soon.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Classic summer conditions. SW ahead of a cold front, the worst biting conditions next to a Nor'easter. At least it didn't blow hard until the end of the day, but man did it get HOT. A few nice ones in the box but over all a very slow day. I expect to see the fish biting again as high pressure builds in this week.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
The day started off with foggy conditions and a pick of short fluke. The tide changed and the sun came out and the keepers started biting. Joe N. had three in his bag with two going 5lbs. Evelyn had five with a few 4 and 5lbers. Lil' Frankie caught six shorts all by himself (good job). St. Pete managed to keep one nice one on the hook all the way to the net. All the others fell off. Mike L. finally got that weakfish he was after. The weather looks nice all next week and the fish are biting again.