Bass started out hot right out of the gate. Decent size fish with Paul Mulotta setting bar with a fish topping 30lbs. Great action for opening week! Just what the Doc ordered to shake off this past winter.
Along with the northwest winds and cool temps came the bass. We all knew it would just be a matter of time given all the different baits that are here in great numbers. Chasing flocks of birds and huge schools of bass is some of the most exciting fishing there is. Throwing topwater and soft baits are the ticket this time of year where fish from 25 to 40 inches are in our waters. I had Joe Grim with his crew out this past Saturday and they had great weather and very nice fishing. The end of the trip found nice big bass on the Mo-jo!!! Then on Sunday I had Uncle Mark, baby Mark, Steve and Joe on board for another very good day on the water. Starting off Chasing the schoolies before looking for the big fish that we had yesterday. Despite their lack of ability, except for baby Mark and Joe, Spastic Mark and Steve did remarkably well with very nice bass, fish to the mid 30’slb range on poppers and soft Shads. When boat traffic beat the bass down, we ended up Mo-joing them once again. Great size fish for this time of year, super exciting fishing and it will only get better. A great day on the water once again with a bunch of guys that love to fish and have fun.
Horrible weather and lack of fish had me cancelling way to many trips. All my tuna trips were pushed off. The inside waters found some of the best run and gun False Albacore fishing in recent memory. Then we had many light tackle trips for Blackfish which are biting in great numbers. Jumbos on the ultra light tackle provide a thrill that I cannot describe. My specialty jigs have caught at this time at least 16 Togs that are over 10lbs!!!! The guys know the limit is one per person, the jumbos get weighed and then released. We have been harvesting fish in the 5-7lb range.
Fluking was hit and miss for the rest of the season. Some very good fishing and some very tough fishing. A few highlights wee Rob Rommel and his crew boating a 8 man limit with nice size fish, Tom ” Hitman” Sweeney with his biggest of his career at just under 9lbs, Matt with a super seabags which had to get back, Switz with a decent fluke where the guys worked very very hard to put together a 6 man limit, John DeBona and Al Restore with a few nice fluke, and Ed Kane his his crew with their 6 man limit of Porgies as did Chris and his crew. Hurricane Hermaine put the rest of my fluke season to a early end due to lack of fish. On the offshore scene, the lack of Tuna also hurt as we only managed 1 Yft per trip before we started postponing the trips. The white marlin bite was the best we have ever seen. Throw in the mahi bite, and it still was action packed. However if my guys wanted tuna we gave them the option not to go and that was the case in more then a few trips.
SO to recap my summer season I first want to say thank you to all that fished with us, we had a great time and for most of the trips fishing was good to super. There was some very nice fluke boated but no jumbos! Big fish of the year was 9.5lbs and there were a few of those, Matt, Bob, Ken, all had big fish. Too many 8’s to mention. You all fished very hard to try and catch a doormat. Im all ready thinking about different strategies for next year.
Still a lot of fishing to do this year. Blackfish,Seabass and Porgies will provide plenty of action and good eating. With all the bait around, the Bass and Blues should be pretty spectacular! False Albacore are abundant too. On the Offshore all we need is the weather, the latest reports are that the YFT piled in before this Northeaster. With all these options, Im eager to get back to work and catch something after been laid up again due to this weather front. If anyone is interested, I would like to do some afternoon trips into the evening throwing plugs to the structure, Im sure we can catch some bass and to me that is my favorite way to fish for them.
Ian and Tim along with Jason, were at the marina prior to my arrival at 11:15 pm on Monday night. We had planned this trip early in the year and were hopeful mother nature would give us enough window to make the long trip east. Last year she forced us to cancel. Reports were sketchy, however with the moon almost here, it should open up any day now. My son got all the bases covered, reports, temps,color and of course tackle. We left Twin Lights at 11:45pm with just a slight NW breeze, weather reports have a hard SE coming in between 2-5 pm. Not what we need when we are far offshore. A beautiful ride out with the moon out for most of the trip. We had a 9 rod set a full hour before the early morning darkness gave way to the lavender sky gave way to the great blaze orange fire ball that is so awesome to watch every morn. The anticipation was evident for all of us. A whole lot of nothing for hours did take the edge off. I went further then I had planned but we trolled the 500 line for miles, then across the canyon back to the 100 line down to the 100sq. No signs of life, no bait, to temp breaks, just beautiful blue 82′ water. We found a set of pots off the beaten path. SO we first started trolling around them, and that produced nothing. Also, a SE breeze came on, and its only 9am. Then we got our first hit. WE all were in the back of my boat ready to clear some lines and change the set, when a very nice White Marlin came up on the port rigger spreader bar. She ate the right squid and provided a very nice aerial show before diving for the deep. All along we figured no way we will boat this fish. Tim got on the rod and did a very good job fighting this fish. After a decent battle my son reached down put her in the boat for a quick pic. That pumped us up enough to troll little longer, but the wind got little harder. Time to try for the Mahi. The first few pots had nothing, but the 4th one we stopped on had some fish, and they were hungry. Jason and Ian hooked up first, Jason’s fish went nuts and jumped and threw the hook. Ian’s did the same, however the hook held fast and he boated a very nice size Mahi. A few dinks before Jason got into another one. This one made it very interesting. A great battle before Jason caught his first Mahi and it was a beauty!! and the SE breeze turned into a stiff wind and it went from calm to 2-4’s with caps and building. The choice was easy and it was time to go. By time we made the tip of Sandy Hook, no one regretted leaving the deep a few hours early. Except for catching any tuna, we had a very good trip with a good crew and a good time had by all. Ian will have to wait one more year before he gets on the tuna. The 3rd year will be the year……
SO Steve Alese gets on the boat for his second trip. the first one was very slow due to too nice and no drift. Today was worse, the heat was terrible, but they managed some nice fish by working hard.John Chernowski found the exact opposite with to fast a drift and rough conditions. Greg Ritzmiller brought his family along for a very nice day on the water with son Jacl catching the big fish and Zemp found the no drift curse and sweltering heat not a good combination.
BOB along with his crew, Paul, Tom, Al, Diane, and Dean from IOWA was along on this trip. Little did we know when we started out how it was going to end. Not many big fish for mje so far and tough fishing lately had me questioning myself on where I would take this crew. I finally got a north breeze along with the tide that I was looking for all year long. SO we were off and going to fish this spot. Dean started it out with a solid 8lber first fluke. Then it was game on as BOB STEADY put on a clinic. Paul was right behind him boxing his limit with 5 fluke over 5lbs. Everyone did well, even Hitman along with Diane got fish too. By 12:30 we had our 7 man limit and headed for Twin Lights. All beautiful fish, a few got away, just ask AL! Plenty of the sweet white for all as my fillet cooler was as full as it could get. Lots of laughs just little chop breaking broke up the day. Best trip of the year so far in numbers and size. This is just what the Doctor ordered.
Fluking from Ny harbor to the Tack and east to Long Island found fishing slower then expected this time of year. Fish on every trip but the guys had to fish very hard.
Started out with DOCTOR TOM on the Recovery Room. Great weather and very good fishing. Bob STEADY and his crew were back out again, Dick Leathery had his annual 2 day trip, Brian Skerlanitz and ZEmp and Tunad On my Buddy Kevins SEA VEE produced both a nice BFT and YFT. Bob’s trip found good fishing. Dick’s trip had decent fishing even though Rich struggled for the first time since fishing with us. Hot weather and slow drifting didn’t help. Neither did the Miller LITE OR THE BOURBON AND COKE. BRIAN HAD THEW SLOW TRIP OF THE WEEK AND ZEMP WAS ONLY OK. We got the BFT on the troll and the YFT on a jig in great conditions to finish out the week.
Had very good weather and for the most part decent fluking. Garry Bohrer, fished 3 days and took home some very nice fillets, Ken Adams finally got out with me ands was not disappointed. Temp had a slow trip and Richy Splash finished the week out with no drift conditions but scratched out a catch thanks to Mike and Franky Scratch.