Monthly Archives: July 2008

July 26, 2008 Nick Biamonte – Blues

After speaking with Nick about what we can try to do if we get out to the striper grounds early (it is a saturday trip), and there were bass around Friday morning, his crew did no want to leave early and would rather try for something else. So after a very late start 2 (men came a half hour late) I headed south in hopes of finding the bunker schools that the sharks are feeding on. It was a slow ride right into a south east swell. We did find the schools and a few sharks bites (6), saw 2 small sharks eat the bait but could not hook them. With Marc calling for his friend “Ralph”, I decided to move inshore and try for some blues. I pleaded for Marc to save some chum for the bluefish but he continued to call for “Ralph” during the ride to the rocks. There we found sick fishing for large blues as the umbrella rigs would get hammered as quickly as you could get the lines out. Once the guys got tired of pulling on these fish we took the ride back to port…….

July 26, 2008 Nick Biamonte – Blues

After speaking with Nick about what we can try to do if we get out to the striper grounds early (it is a saturday trip), and there were bass around Friday morning, his crew did no want to leave early and would rather try for something else. So after a very late start 2 (men came a half hour late) I headed south in hopes of finding the bunker schools that the sharks are feeding on. It was a slow ride right into a south east swell. We did find the schools and a few sharks bites (6), saw 2 small sharks eat the bait but could not hook them. With Marc calling for his friend “Ralph”, I decided to move inshore and try for some blues. I pleaded for Marc to save some chum for the bluefish but he continued to call for “Ralph” during the ride to the rocks. There we found sick fishing for large blues as the umbrella rigs would get hammered as quickly as you could get the lines out. Once the guys got tired of pulling on these fish we took the ride back to port…….

July 23, 2008 Chris Ozempco Bass- Bass- Bass

With thunder and lighting to the west of us, we headed south in 76′ water. Once near my spot, the fog hit us and dropped visibility to less then 100 yards. No chance in finding surfacing fish today, but once I got some marks and the lines went in the water and the stripers hit the live bait, I quickly forgot the surfacing fish thought. Uncle Lou had the first fish again, but lost it when a blue went after the bunker that slid up his line. Zemp, Anthony both had fish on, John had bass boiling on his bait. It was crazy fishing, someone needs to tell these fish that this is the end of JULY! Then it was over, so back to my marks and they still eating and we did this all again. 10 fish over 30lbs, to Zemp’s 38lber. Unbelievable action for this time of the year. The best thing to day was that with the weather, there were no other boats out. I had these fish shallow, so boat traffic would have put them down real soon. We did have someblues mixed in as well, big blues, with Anthony taking 1 fish that weighed 18.7 lbs! Total bass for the day was between 25 -30 fish. Not counting all the fish that was missed, (right Zemp?) and that happens, seems that the warm water had the fish on guard, they like to play with the bait. Truly another great trip catching bass with a real good bunch of guys.

July 19, 2008 Sally Bananas He did it this time!

After having “Toys R us Rod Rep Randy” break his rod on a big shark this week, I thought that might be the biggest equipment failure. Well thats the 2nd place, Sal listening to instruction from the Captain, needed to get his bait in the water real fast as the marks were real hard to come by, all aboard baited up and tossed the bunker into the water, only Sal forgot to hold on to his Penn 320, and he found out that the rod and reel does not float real good. SO after the silence from everyone, we decided to go sharkin. Even Skinny Water AL did not mind, Sal taught him a lesson last week in catching big fluke in deep water. We did find the sharks but they were no where close to yesterday’s size and the action was much slower.  The trip ended with everyone having a chance at some decent bass, and sharks, not bad for the middle of July.

July 18, 2008 Anthony Penedepede Stripers Gone Wild

Once I found out that Anthony’s brother Tommy would not be on this trip, I knew it was going to be dandy, and it sure was. Took awhile for me to find the marks but once the Furuno lit up, it was on, bass boiling on the surface. The fish moved often and it was tough to stay on them, but it payed off to look, for when I found them, they hit the baits, hard, with Mr. Penedepede boating a 36lber. Little Joe did his best by boating his limit as well and letting a couple of “cows” go. It was stop and look, fish, and ride and look some more. The bass were very boat shy today and the boats that were shadowing me made it that much harder. After the fish could no longer be found, it was time to look for the sharks again. A little deeper today, but they had a school of bunker over a mile long surrounded and hitting the school from every angle, and these sharks were much larger then yesterday’s. I think the new video camera is good luck, every trip out is outrageous with action somewhere during the trip. After “Toys r Us Rod Rep” Randy snapped his new pole on a shark earlier in the week, I put my shark rod on the Scales n Tales, today we needed it as just about every shark hooked made child’s play out of my striper setups. Mr. P hooked into a real brute and after a good battle, I unhooked the biggest so far this year at near 150 lbs.7′-8′ long. Then it was Anthony’s turn and he put a 100 plus in the boat. These sharks for going nuts over this bunker school and it was sick fishing, sharks were everywhere. We left them crashing the bunker in search of some bluefish. Stopped on some real good marks all the way home and could not find any blues that wants the jigs or poppers. So there it was, a banner striper day for the middle of July and unheard of shark action right off the beach. Go figure, I have my “A ” team out on Wednesday and get skunked on the bass, but hook into real nice sharks, then Mike’ s crew get into some real hot bass fishing the next day, but small sharks, and Anthony’s trip has the best of everything. Can’t wait to fish tomorrow……….. PS- 3 months straight of real solid bass fishing.

July 17, 2008 Mike Cybulski Bass are Back!

I could not believe my eyes when the screen lit up with stripers. Rick, and Bill and X-Black Cloud Cybulski got the baits in the water and the bass found them right away. This went on for almost 2 hours and the biggest fish went 34 lbs. caught by Mike. Numerous long range releases, a few break offs, (Contender Hull and Andes Mono does not mix well) and a lot of laughs made for a real action packed morning. Then it was off to find the sharks, which we did under the bunker schools again, however they were much smaller then yesterday’s and after each man boated a few we decided to fluke fish. 1 stop inshore had plenty of short and no keepers, but it was a nice way to end the trip. Weather was great and the men from Linden FD enjoyed a fun, relaxing  day on the water, they deserve it!!!

July 16, 2008 Chris Ozempco Sharks!!

Well after last Friday’s trip we would try for the bass 1 more time, Uncle Lou, Bob, “King”& “Randy” Force and Zemp were all expecting a striper bite. So with 2 tanks full of live ones we made the rocks well before sunrise only to find schools of big blues on the surface. Every bait, popper got hit as soon as it hit the water, so before the sun got high we moved. I found school after school of bunkers, all holding blues. I figured that sooner or later a bass would hit but that would not happen today.  Believe me, I am not anti bluefish, they fight great, and if you take care of it makes decent table fare as well. So we went hunting and what a move that was. First, King said he had a “PORPISE” follow his pencil popper back to the boat, we all knew better, but told him it was good that it did not bite due to the fact that he had only 90 yards of 1982 stren on his Penn 650. So out I went only to find giant schools of bunker being harassed by something. The baits went in, and to my amazement the men hooked into these brown sharks, 60, 80lbs, who knows how big, but we got most of them to the boat. I went further out only to find bigger schools and more sharks, so thats what we ended up doing, fishing for sharks. Zemp had a big 1 follow his pencil popper back to the boat, Bob had a big one just take advantage of him, all the men had sharks to the boat, even Randy had his bobber go down, and he hooked a beauty. However, 1 brown did end up destroying his new rod that he purchased for this trip. He found out that this is not Echo Lake Fishing. All told they ended up putting 16 real nice sharks to the boat and a unknown number of long range releases. Uncle Lou had a number of Sharks on his “Broad Street” spinning rod. Once again, given the ocean conditions, company, and surprise fishing made for a memorable day. Zemp had a real big one jump twice and snap his line and King had his Striper rod tame a few of these sharks as well. The best part was that Ihad the video camera and recorded some great footage. Randy found out that dough balls will not work in salt water and that no amount of soap can wash away the fish blood that I got on his shirt, or the schmutz that King got on his back……….

July 14, 2008 Seafood Dan

Got a later start then normal in a stiff west wind and mix in the southeast heave , made for a rough ride to the rocks. Once there, the screen was lit up and all the live bait was crushed by large blues as soon as the bait hit the water. All the crew did a great Job in handling the fish with the very rough water. Jack and Joe both caught blues between 12 and 14 lbs. Dan, Tom and Joe also caught these big fish. After they had their fill off the rough water and bluefish, I headed for the bay for some fluking. There we found many throwbacks and some sea robins in very calm water. Not the weather that we had expected, but enjoyed the good company.

July 12-13, 2008 SHBA Fluke Tournament

My hand picked crew consisted of Sally Bananas, “Skinny Water” Al Moretti, Dean “No need to Wipe” Martin, “Can’t Catch Flat Fish” Erwin Jr., and myself. Half the crew wanted to go fluke fishing, I wanted bass, especially after yesterday’s catch. Sobass it was, good move, bass were hungry and Sal put another 36lber in the boat and everyone got a bass. (Yes! Sal was frisked and no bananas were found). Now for the fluke, we had agreat day with 9 fish over 5lbs in the box out of 17 keepers. A 7lber  caught by Erwin Jr was the biggest on Saturday, all aboard had fish over 4lbs, fishing  in my spots. Skinny water Al proved that Sal is not the worlds worst fluke fisherman as Sal out fished him both days, take him out of the river and he is a story for another day. The men fished hard and high hopes of bigger fish going into Sunday but the south wind killed that real fast. All the guys fished real hard and we laughed more then we should have. So another tournament with the same results, but there are some real big fish out there, I just can’t catch them at the right time. Can’t wait to do this again, but for me I miss the bass. Hey Al, did Sal tell you how much he liked fishing with you??