Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Sunday, the Pioneer crew had a great day, filling the box with a boat limit of sea bass to five pounds. Seventy five bonus ling topped off the bags. Monday was just another day in the trailer park, too much skin, ink and camo, and not enough teeth. Full garbage cans of empties. The highlite of the trip was an eighteen pound monkfish.
Friday, May 24, 2019
We headed out yesterday to scout for fluke in advance of opening day. A few of the regulars were on the beach waiting on the tide and bluefish. We were all alone out at some of our favorite spots and did not have a touch until the bluefish arrived. I quickly took off our good bucktails as to not have them ruined, and a change in tactics made for a fun morning with many bluefish releases. We will try the fluke next week with a different tide. Looking good for Sunday's sea bass and ling trip, that fishing has been lights out.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Winter returned a little this week. A try at crabbing produced lots of smalls and only a few keepers, but we are glad to see them this early. Yesterday, we made a trip to our favorite back-water beach spot. The plan was to fish on the bass early and then scout for fluke as the tide dropped. There were only a few regulars out, and the forecast called for sunny and 74 degrees. At 6am the temperature was only 53 and there were some sprinkles around. Fishing started of slow and after about a half hour, I landed a nice sized schoolie striper after a spirited, drag running fight. The sky darkened to the west and we continued fishing through a lite rain shower. It looked like the day would brighten and we caught another bass and a blue as another shower approached and it started to rain lightly. And it kept raining, to the point we were soaked and freezing. My partner was disappointed and wanted to continue fishing, be we retreated to the truck as the steady rain increased to a down pour. I put the heat on high to dry out and headed for home. Ten miles up the road, there was bright sunshine, blue sky and a beautiful day. You never know what you will get in the spring.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
We tried a couple local spots for blue claws and threw a half dozen keepers in the basket. Less rock crabs then last week and also a couple of blow fish. The blues have arrived at the Jersey shore and can appear any where at any time. A trip to the beach saw slow fishing in beautiful conditions but we did have a few short stripers and some blues. Still waiting on that first fluke.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Skylarker is in the boatyard for Coast Guard inspection and some fresh paint. With Tuesday starting off wet, we decided to try the local waters for crabs. There have been some reports, and we did not know what to expect so early in the season, but we found two keeper blue claws, seven shorts and a few dozen white-leggers now that blackfish season is closed. Stay tuned for an invitation only sea bass trip when it opens in two weeks.