8/14:¬† Had Rich Comly and family on again for a fluke charter. Rich, Scott, Tony and the rest of their crew have been fishing with me for 7 years now and its always good having them on the boat - twice in a week is even better!¬† Anyways we ran back south again to where we've been catching them. First drop was on the wreck we carpet bombed em' on yesterday afternoon, but only had a couple shorts there. Ran a bit further south, got a few keepers on a rockpile, then the drift changed a bit, going from straight outta the N (from the N current) to East-west.
I then ran further south and got a little bite going on the edge of a rockpile, the fish bit in a 10 yard area so we were able to get some cracks at them picking away getting a keeper or two every drift until it dried up. We then hit another rockpile, and had the same result.¬† We then ran even further down the line, and had a decent bite again just off another rockpile picking a few more keepers, this time bigger fish and Capt Kenny took one ~6.5# there.
With the bad weather right on the horizon, we ran back north to get closer to home, but kept at it. We found another nice patch of fish a bit more inshore, and again on the edge of some rocks - we had a real good bite there for about 30 minutes until the breeze started kicking up and the rain kicked in.
We finished the day when it started pouring on us and headed for home - we coulda stayed and picked more but the crew had their fish! At day's end we boated ~75 fluke, with Scott and Dave both bagging limits +. Overall we got the crew's limit and came up just 3 fish shy of a boat limit (27)- another GREAT day of fluking with a lot of quality fish in the mix. Most of our keepers were 19-21", with 4 a tad bigger to the big fish of 6.5#.
We are seeing some of the best fluking we've seen in some time right now, with LOTS of keepers and our crews going home with nice sacks of meat!!! So if you're thinking about coming down, do it sooner than later!!!
8/13:¬†Ran our Monday FTYP trip today. Broke the inlet just after 6 and ran to some snags to our south where we've been catching them. The guys really wanted a big fish today, so that was my goal when we started.¬† First few drifts we had a slow pick with the west wind - we were actually drifting too fast over the small pieces but we picked a few keepers. Once that dried up, we bounced around a bit, picking fish here and there as the wind crapped out.
For the most part, our morning went like I said above. We'd hop around, catch a few, then move on after a few drifts without finding a larger fish. We had nothing more than a pick going, but we were piecing together a real nice catch of fish plus a few jumbo seabass and a ling.
I decided to try a wreck I hadn't fished in some time a bit later, and as soon as we set up on it, we had SICK fishing for the next hour. We simply beat on the fluke, had true lock and load fishing with a mix of keepers and shorts. At some points we had 6 on, and it got so silly we were flipping 20"+ fish into the boat. It was as simple as dropping the bucktail down, bounce it three times, and set the hook on a fish.
We easily limited the boat out here and went into C&R mode. We tried another wreck and picked a few more off; those "would-be" keepers went back unharmed, but finding that bigger fish again proved to be the challenge for us.
Great finish today after a good, but picky bite through the morning. We easily got the boat limit and released several more keepers; we didn't count but we had somewhere between 35-45 keepers today. We had about a half dozen fish around 5 #, but nothing bigger. Larry and Fred continued their limit streak on the boat, and Ryan H also got his limit and released a few nice ones. Great day with a GREAT crew of regulars!!