Tuesday, July 26, 2016
It is rare for it to be hot on the water, but Sunday we were baking in the bay. Monday was a pleasure with overcast skies and a southerly breeze. We had Anthony "The Barker" on board with his friends from work. The "Legend" continues to swing a hot rod as he landed a limit of nice fish in short order. The "Barker" threw a six pounder on deck and needed some refreshment, so he downed a container of BANANA juice and never had a bite the rest of the day. At least he won the pool.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Friday saw some slow fluke fishing in the heat as some good anglers struggled to get a few. Saturday, we had "Staten Island" Tony from Brooklyn (who lives in NJ) and the crew aboard and caught a bunch up to 4 1/2lbs. Some Polish guy from Bayonne ( Tom K.) had four and Scott had a limit. Joe Fish was NOT aboard. Sunday brought changes on the fishing grounds, as a new body of shorts moved into the area. We saw cow-nosed rays swimming around the boat, and squid were chasing the baits. We caught fluke all day long, everywhere we went. Some spots that were barren all season had fish on them but many were short. We also saw the first few weakfish of the summer. "Jiggin' Jack had a 6 plus pound fluke in his catch and Roger had three up to five pounds. It looks like the summer fluke are finally moving into the traditional fishing spots.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Super weather to start the day and we went back to where we caught the big one on Friday and were greeted by a fleet of kayaks. You can't make this stuff up. Grabbed a few keepers and then had no drift conditions. Time to break out the jigs and Jiggin' Jack threw four quick keepers in the boat. When the tide started to run a little, the "Legend" hooked into a fish that broke his line. Good thing as we are running low on nets. Speaking of nets we spent the afternoon looking for the "net breaker" but did not find him. When I sounded three whistles, Roger hooked into a fish and the sinker got caught in the net. No problem, I grabbed the gaff and threw the fluke on deck. Turned out to be the pool winner. We don't need no stinkin' nets!
Saturday, July 9, 2016
It took a while for us to get started as we had poor drifting conditions early in the day. I tried some traditional big fluke spots and they still remain barren. I had the good fluke anglers aboard so I know if they were there we would have caught them. Late in the morning we back tracked up the bay and started to box some nice fish when Anthony "The Barker" declared he had a big one on his light spinning rod and small jig. BOOM BOOP BOP , our largest of the season so far came aboard at 28 inches and 8.5LBS. We went looking in another big fish spot and the "Legend" proceeded to land his limit. Around this time "Tugboat" Fred hooked into a "huge" fluke. The fish came to the surface and it was hard to see in the afternoon glare and as I attempted to scoop him from the depths, the net let go with a resounding crack and all we were left with was a broken net. "Tugboat" estimated that the fish was "somewhere in the six to fourteen pound range." The "Legend" ran up to the tackle shop to see if he could replace the broken net (to which he will be sending Fred the bill) but they did not have one. Back at it this weekend one net down.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
What a weekend, lots of fun and lots of fluke! The Sunday crew beat them up as usual. The "Legend" came out on top with a 6lber. narrowly beating several other big fish. Everyone had a bunch of keepers except Mike M. who only landed one of legal size late in the day and suffered some good natured ribbing from the gang. I guess Mike did not like the abuse heaped upon him as he boxed his limit by 9 AM Monday morning and continued catching all day. It was a good day to be a Mike, as "Mittens " Mike P. took the pool. Thanks to little Mike for also landing a keeper while helping me steer the boat, pick out fishing spots, and netting fluke. He is turning into a fine fisherman. Great weather, good people, and heavy fillet bags made a Happy Fourth of July.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
It has been taking a lot of work to make a catch, but we seem to get everyone at least a dinner to go home with. Randy rounded up three keepers and the "Legend" had two and an eighteen inch sea bass which was quickly named the guest of honor at today's dinner table. It looks like nice conditions the next few days and we will be back at it with a fresh approach.