Thursday, November 30, 2017
Despite what you have been hearing, this has been a poor blackfish season since "opening day." They bit well in September and October, but other then the slammer white crab bite we had down here last week, this fishing is not showing much promise. Yesterday, we worked some local spots south of the inlet and it was a bust. Today, I tried from land, and it seems like the blackfish left the shallows. After that, we tried walking the beach casting lures but we never had a bite on an empty beach for a nice day. All one can do is keep on trying.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
We fished Big John's annual charter aboard the Mary M III yesterday. Onboard were Roger, Mike, Cathy and some blackfish sharpies from Sheepshead Bay. It was a beautify calm day and many boats were out. The inlet looked like a summer weekend. We fished not far from the lighthouse and had action all day. Some big fish were landed and some were lost and everyone had plenty of meat to go home with. We even had a visit from a playful humpback whale only two miles off the beach. A good time with some old friends.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I always liked the fall and the good fishing that came with it. I have fond memories of coming home in the dark on a cold afternoon with a box full of blackfish and some cod and striped bass too. Today the day started off nice but now at 4 pm the wind is blowing a gale, it's almost dark as night and the temperature is falling. We will sail on nice weather days and we have a lot of open dates. Right now, it looks like we will be tied up until the wind backs off in a day or two.
Friday, November 17, 2017
It really should not be called opening day. Maybe increase day or something like that would be more appropriate as the blackfish season has been open since July, but the bag limit went up to six yesterday. Rain in the morning kept the turn out low, as we had a bunch of no-shows, and all but the striped bass boats had light crowds. The ocean had a southerly swell in the early morning, but soon the wind turned to the west and the rain stopped and the seas flattened to make it a rather nice day. Fishing was the typical pick, those that worked hard ( I can't stress the importance of changing the bait enough) did well. Everyone had a few nice fish and I had a big one that ran to the bow and shaved off on the rocks and we will be trying to get him on the next trip. West winds bring calm seas and good fishing. Stay tuned for the next trips, we will sail on all nice weather days.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The weather was good this week and we fished on the offshore reef and wrecks. Thursday's trip saw very big (14 to 18 inch) porgies, mixed sized sea bass, four nice cod to 9lbs., four winter flounder to 19 1/2 inches and many bluefish encounters with fish up to 18lbs. Now is the time to get out there before the winter wind blows. Friday's charter wanted striped bass, so I stayed on the land and worked the local Pine Barrens creeks and bogs. Seven pickerel were raised on a top water plug and I landed the biggest one I ever saw at twenty-five inches.