The year started off with great cooperation form Mother Nature. Fast fishing starting on April 17 and Tim Gunter on a beautiful day, caught and released over 2 dozen bass himself. The good fishing continued for the rest of the month, thats when the weather turned nasty, real nasty. Between the great chunk bite, and the always present troll bite, the crews were going home with the sweet white meat. Fish were good size too for this time of year. All that mattered was the tide, which determined what style I would fish. The bass cooperated completely. I blew a motor early in May, and with some help from my friends, was able to keep fishing. Big Vinny and Diane, your the best!! Got my boat back for Mothers Day and Kelly and her son enjoyed a super morning. The middle of the month gave the crews super fishing, as good as it gets. The best bass fishing in recent years. A mix of live bunker and chunks filled the hotel to capacity on almost every trip. May 20 on the afternoon trip , after a unbelievable morning was the first trip in almost 2 years that we did not catch a bass!! That put everything in perspective. The rest of the month got us back on track fishing up and down the beach, the bay, a lot of running and gunning. Thats when it happened again, the other motor shit the bed. Once again, my buddies stepped up and Anthony, and Brian gave me their boats as I continued to fish. June came with crappy weather but decent fishing. Matt caught the biggest bass of the year at 51 lbs early in the month on a slaughter bite down the beach. My boys from W Virginia, fishing on the Lady Di, and Sues crew, got into great fishing and great weather. The rest of the month had very good results until the last trip where Keith Force and crew did not get a sniff, no matter where I fished. I cancelled the afternoon trip and called it a Spring. All in all it was a very very good season. Lets not forget the Threshers sharks with the biggest at 275Lbs at the end of the month. Fluking started off slowly, due to cold water temps. A lot of work for the fish that were boxed for the first few weeks. It turned in the middle of the month as Zempe put together a great catch followed by Bob “STEADY” Centamore. Dick Leathery and his crew did great back to back and we were off to the races. Most days, depending on how hard you wanted to fish one could box the limit. Some crews fish harder then others, some guys listen and some guys don’t. When the weather was right and I was able to fish my spots fishing was super. Nice fish too, no “MATS” but many 7-8lbers. Scales n Tales did not place in any tournys, close but no cigar. “PAP” on Dick’s 2nd 2 day trip of the year, boated his biggest on my boat at 8lbs along with a another great 2 day catch, and after that, we had fish over 7lbs on most trips with a few to 9lbs until the end of the month. “BIG FISH AL” caught the first 10lber at the end of the month and kept his record alive. He has a 10 or better streak going for 3 years in a row. Off shore the Mahi fishing is very good with very clean warm water close and a good Tuna bite in the month of July. Zempe caught back to back 8 1/2 lbers and Marty catching a 9 along with a 9.85 , Charlies biggest ever. This was the best box of the year. Fluking remained solid until the last week of the season. A run to canyon found 2 BIGEYES< some Mahis and a BFT for us. Which brings us to the fall and great bottom fishing. The bass took their time arriving but gave us decent fishing most days. Thanks to everyone that fished with us this past year. WE had a great time fishing with all of you!!!!! See you in 15!! Runer
Fishing, when I could get the trips in between the windy days, has been either very good or very slow. It changes daily, throwing soft plastics, and fishing live bunker, trolling rigs and spoons on any given day can be on fire, or its like watching grass grow. The fish are real good size and on many days we are watching them on the surface. Eels provided a good bite for a week. If you were in the right place at the right time, you were golden. If not you felt like the bug on the windshield.
Between a slow to develope bass bite and Mother Nature supplying plenty of nasty weather, we were determined to find a few bass for Jeff and his crew. Catching bait was the easy part. I anchored off a piece of strucutre and Nick started the chunks. It did not take too long to get the fish to eat. Some made it into the hotel, others got released to grow. By the end of the tide, the morning action was better then we had expected. After that, we could not find any jiggable fish.