Nasty weather dominated this month, but the fishing was very good except for 2 trips.Soft plastics, chasing birds, a little trolling was the way for us to catch these fish. Gary Lauderman had my last trip of the year with tremendous fishing with fish to almost 30 lbs. A great way to end my season, super fishing, very nice weather and a real fun group of guys!!
Just like the first half of the month, fishing remains very good on most trips. The EEL bite dried up but the arrival of jumbo fish make everyone very happy. Fish to over 40lbs!! Trolling, spoons, Mo-Jo rigs, throwing topwater and soft plastics are all producing depending on the day. Rod Bates and his crew had a trip to remember when his dad hooked a 41 and 39 on the Mo-Jo rig, landing booth trophy size bass. 80lbs of bass at one time!!
Pretty decent fishing from anywhere from the back of Raritan Bay,m Ny harbor out east past Debs. Fishing EELS, throwing plastics and hard baits and some Trolling. Exceptional size bass for the Fall fishing. No bluefish, which is unusual. We did find weakfish in good numbers when we fished for them. Weather played a huge obstacle, mother nature was a huge factor all year. Why stop now!!!! Some days it was lights out, other days the crew had to fish hard to catch.
This trip was planned earlier in the year with Capt Ewen “Sea Run Charters“. He runs a 44’11”Provincial thats is as comfortable as it gets. Myself, my son and my buddy Bob, were very excited as we made our way NE. A full days ride got us to Tignish PEI by dinner time. WE were met by the Capt and he did tell us that the fish had scattered today but we will find them no matter where we had to go!!! Despite being tired from the ride, none of us really slept well waiting for the alarm to go off at 4am. Erwin jr and myself have a few Giants under our belts but none over 400lbs. Bob is a BFT virgin!! I met Capt Ewen at the Sommerset Saltwater Show 2 years ago and booked him this past March. We shoved off under cloudy skies, and on the way out ,passed the fish house where they were unloading huge BFT that filled the flatbed pickup truck, just amazingly huge!!! Our first stop was on the bait groundsmwhere I showed the kids how to catch Boston Mackeral!! They caught one at a time, I was catching 4 at a time! Old bull, young bull… Then it was off looking for these jumbos. It did not take to long before we came across these fish smashing bait on the surface. However they didn’t bite. They came up pretty often, but we could not get them interested in eating our “Special” Spreader Bar. Capt Ewen was getting just little frustrated with the chances we were getting and no bites. My son and I were used to this this year, but this was spectacular to see these animals airing out!!! Plus not one of use were going to hoist the white flag, no way. As the day went on the fish stayed up longer and the schools got bigger. I have videos that are off the charts!! At one time we had fish on both sides of the boat and between the stern and the bar with no bites. Thats when I was saying to myself ” self that was our best shot today, how many will we get?” The ball breaking was relentless and by early afternoon, there were tuna everywhere we looked. The fleet, which consisted of maybe 3 boats were all having the same results. Then it happened— Capt Ewen, whenever stopped working, headed us to a tremendous flock of Gulls and Gannets which were working over acres of Giant Bluefin Tuna!! These fish stayed on the surfaced as we got close and we all felt this was our best chance so far. However as we got halfway through this school and nothing happened I said if”I wouldn’t believe this if I didn’t see it for myself” when a few Tuna got behind the bar and started chasing it. Thats when from underneath, the big one ate!! The 130 started screaming as the line just peeled off the reel!! Bob got on the fish first but lasted 8 minutes before he gave the rod up to Jr. The Capt did everything he could to assist in getting the upper hand. Once Bob recovered, Jr gave him the rod being he never caught a BFT before. We knew the fish was big, even when we got him near the boat, still black back, we did not know just how big, just long. Bob did a great job on the reel and after 1 hour 11 minutes we had the fish along side the boat. Thats when we seen the girth which was enormous. We all took guesses at this fish, I was hoping 750-800, Jeremy the mate said well into the 800’s. Only way to know for sure was when it hit the scale. The official weight 938 – 116” long!! A true jumbo- A great experience!! A memory that will last for a very long time……Anyone interested in fishing with Capt Ewen, I have all the info.This is a fish of a lifetime……
Offshore was really the only game for us due to the shorten season. Weather one gain played a huge part in making the run. Also the inconsistent fishing plays a major part. We got fish every trip, however never played them, always just enough but thats it. Except for a Tilefish trip, which we did great. The trips provided nice action with Falsies and Skipjacks, some decent under BFTs and nice YFTs!
It seemed like yesterday when we made these plans to fish fish Capt Greg and his son Capt Chad back in February! They run 2 very nice boats out of Oswego, NY. First afternoon wee all jumped on with Capt Chad on his boat, Son of a Gun. Action was great once he found the fish. Rainbow, Coho and Kings all made the fish box. Beautiful fish, first time for my son to fish this Great Lake. Laughs, some chop breaking, just a great time together in their back yard. That was Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning we were with Capt Greg on his boat, Top Gun. We were both still very excited about the fishing we experienced yesterday afternoon. Mother nature delayed the start of the trip. Something we are quite used too. When we finally got out it was game on with Coho and King salmon, all very nice size fish. Despite the rain, and the wind Capt Greg had us zeroed in on the fish. We put more then we had expected in the Salmon Hotel. I did do my part in releasing my share of fish, some farther away from the boat then I would have liked! Just a perfect way to close out our summer season. Capt Greg is a professional in every meaning of that word! Not to mention a gentleman also!! His boat is as comfortable as one can expect. His mate, Mike does not stop at all during the trip and adds to the experience. I cannot say enough about this trip! Anyone interested in fishing Lake Ontario should check these men out first, before booking with anyone else on this lake. Capt Greg runs K n G Lodge where there are cabins available just a short ride from the marina. Check out his website —www.kgsportingfishing.com
Fluke bit well right till the end which was Saturday Sept 2! Despite some very windy days, fluking was good with very solid fish. One day on the snot, the next day in the deep, then back onto the snot. Hard to stay on them but my guys did a great job in catching these fish. Throw in a huge bass on the last day and it was a nice way to end this season.
Taking advantage of the great weather, my son, Kurt, Dave, myself met in the wee hours of the morning at my buddy Kevin’s house. We were taking his 35′ deep in hopes of catching a few of the YFTs that are around. Loading up with all kinds of bai, we headed east. As always- expectations are very high. Conditions are perfect, the only negative was the water color, clean green, not blue. Life was not as abundant as we had hoped. Radio reports were not encouraging. we started out on the drift, chunking. It took about 10 minutes before we had life in the slick. Huge false Abies showed first, and they were hungry. It was a mad dog bite all morning before that slowed. A nice Mahi-Mahi was also boated and the life continued to build even if the bite on these fish slowed. We all kept saying its only a matter of time. Mid-day we put the troll spread out to look around. It didn’t produce any fish, but it did provide some great recon for later. Middle of the afternoon it finally came together. We seen another boat hook up on a popper after a incredible strike. The Albies were in our slick but this time the Skippies were here too!! Next thing we knew the YFT were eating the chunks right next to the boat!! Kurt hooked the first one, a nice 35lber which broke the ice. Then the screen lit up. My son had a wolf pack of jumbos smash his popper numerous times without any of the real ones coming tight. So did Dave, Kevin who was throwing a jig came tight on every cast while Kurt landed 2 more on bait. Talk about excitement!!! The action was incredible. Finally the right fish ate a live bait and Kurt grabbed the rod. After a very lengthy battle the hooked pulled 10’before I could stick the gaff into a YFT between 70-80lbs!! Another few good bites and a few more pulled hooks before I was finally able to get on a rod. I grabbed the dead stick baited with live bait set at 40′ that was right next to my chunking station. Luckily, it was not set on strike as the guys informed me that it had only 30lb leader. It was time for the “Old Guy” to teach the young pups how to fight a tuna fish!! Swatting away Kevins numerous attempts to tighten my drag, I warned them to stay away!! It didn’t take long before this tuna was doing the circles as I quickly had him under the boat. Thats when Erwin jr and Kevin did their best Ray Charles/Stevie Wonder impersonation with the gaffs!!!That really woke up this fish and it started all over again. Once again I had the tuna stretched out fighting for his life. It was not to long before Erwin jr got another chance and stuck the big hook right in the 12 ring!! Finally we had a decent size YFT on Kevin’s deck. Not huge but between 65-70 lbs, a great addition to the 3 that are all ready on ice. No time to celebrate as we still have plenty of life around and under this boat. We fished until after 7 pm hooking a few more jumbos but never finishing the deal. Just a tremendous day off shore!! A great ride home into a beautiful sunset. By time we finished up cleaning the boat, cutting the fish we all were pretty well spent!! No one was complaining to be sure. This was a trip to remember for many reasons!!
There are 2 critical components to fluking! First is mother nature, she needs to provide the right conditions. Second is angler ability! Sure there are days that the fish are committing suicide, but thats not common. With that being said I will say that my fluking has been very good depending on those 2 components. There is no coincidence that my same guys consistently catch over and above their limits,eeven on days that the conditions are very tough. Guys that give up, get tired jigging, are afraid of losing another jig cannot expect to put the numbers of fluke into the fluke hotel that my”A” teams do. Sometimes I cannot judge the fishing just on the number of fish caught on a given day. Fluking has been very good, if we did not catch on a certain day, most times it is not the fishes fault!!!
After very slow start to our fluking this year, it is as good as it gets at this point of the season. Limits are the norm with fish anywhere to 8.8 lbs this week. Its not suicidal fish and the guys have to fish hard. The rewards are a cooler full of the sweet white meat!! Hitman Sweeney had a few chances at jumbo fluke, finally holding on to his personal best that weighed 8.6 lbs. Lorne had his at 8.8 lbs , lots of fish 5-6 lbs, still looking for the first door mat of the season. With the weather looking good going forward, Im expecting the same kind of fishing this week. Just need the crew to make the investment in bucktails and gulp…..