2012 Reports

12/4 - End of Season (Unfortunately!)
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 19:12

Tuesday 12/4/12:  Today I made a very tough decision and decided to call it quits on this season.  This fall and early winter has been the most disappointing part of a season I've ever experienced in this business as we only sailed 7 times since September :(  Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath had a lot to do with this, as did the other numerous HORRIBLE weather days we had on weekends since Labor Day.

What complicates things on my end is that our home is in Ortley, right in the middle of "ground zero" from Sandy. Up until recently, we had no access to the house as residents were not allowed due to infrastructure issues; we finally got there for the first time 3 weeks ago to get started with clean-up.  We've been back since to continue and to get work done, but there's a lot to be done.  Although the interior of the house itself was unscathed (thank god!!), our crawl space, insulation, some electric, heat/ac duct work was all extremely compromised and was gutted this weekend.  We are in the process of getting it dried out, replacing the insulation and duct work, as well as the electric.  This is going to be a long road back for us, and we have to dedicate our time on this - priorities!!  We're hearing we should be in good shape sometime in January, as long as everything goes as planned with the work being done on the island.  We were very lucky, others were not.

What makes this even tougher is that fishing is finally getting back to normal now, with some bass showing and the blackfish bite being generally pretty good.  Believe me, we'd love to be out there and we'd love to have you guys out there with us, but again, priorities win out here.

We of course will be back in the spring, and we will be shaping up for the spring arrival of our bass in April.
 
11/25 Blackfish Report!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 05:48
Sunday 11/25:  First day out in a couple of weeks because of, you guessed it, weather!  Saturday's charter was also cancelled because of the screaming NW wind.  But, finally, Sunday, we got out on our open boat trip.  On board w/ Kenny and I were Billy, bill, mike, jimmy, cubby and Kenny. Fished south in 50-70' depths- made 4 drops. Little wind early going hard west by 1030.

We had Ok action early w/ some keepers and loads of 14-14.999" shorts, but a keeper here and there was sprinkled in. Moved around looking for a bite, but never got more than a slow pick going.  We'd have a flurry of a few fish, then it'd just quickly shut off.  It was like that most of the day.

For the day we had ~15 keepers (didn't get an exact #) with the biggest between 5-6# and another around 5#. Most of the rest of the boxers were over 16" with only a few being right on the mark. We also had at least 30 shorts for the day. Tough day, but still got some fish for the guys !
 
11/11 Weekend Update - Bass are Still Here Post-Sandy & Snowstorm!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 11 November 2012 19:41
Saturday 11/10:  Finally back out today for an OB trip w/ Chris, Dave, Scott, Ryan, and Jeremiah after two weeks of inactivity due to Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster that dumped snow on us earlier this week. There are currently only 5 boats in the water at Clark's, and with no electricity at the end of our docks things were abnormally quiet and dark this early November morning when we left our slip.

Lots of trash floating in the river, and still some boats up on the golf course and on people's properties - crazy stuff. Even saw a part of a house in the river near the dog beach - once we got up into the inlet itself seeing the devastation in Manasquan and right on inlet drive in point beach was quite sobering [Frown]

We broke the inlet before sunrise and were greeted to a great one as we started looking for birds and fish around our inlet. Water was dirty, and there was loads of bait on the machine, but nothing concentrated in any way. Whatever the case the guys worked the jigs real hard for the first few hours on good looking marks between Bay Head and Asbury - all we managed on the jigs was a dogfish. Got a call of a few fish on the troll up the line a bit further around the rocks @ 10AM, so we ran that way but had no touches at all on the shad rigs. After 90 mintues of nothing, we worked our way back south, again looking. Tried one pass on some bait off Asbury/Bradley - again nothing.

Then at 12:30 we got a call that there was a little bite south of our inlet again on the troll, so we headed that way. We switched the shad rigs over to bunker spoons and stretch plugs, and finally found a few fish to come tight. For the first hour, we had knockdowns every 10 or so minutes, getting 2 nice bass to the boat in the 32-34" range and one 12# bluefish as well as a few fish coming off and a few complete misses. But as the tide changed, the bite petered out so we called it a day just after 2.

It was great to be back out, and catching a few fish was a bonus. Some eerie stuff out there though - the devastation along Mantoloking was horrendous... Seeing houses sitting off their foundation's and house's roofs sitting sideways along the beach, as well as seeing homes completely destroyed was something I personally thought I'd never see along our shoreline. Also looking south and seeing the Ferris Wheel WITHOUT the piers was quite saddening, and finally, seeing what's left of the breaches in Bay Head and Mantoloking was another reminder of what Sandy did to our area.

Nevertheless, we're Jerseyites, we're determined and resilient, we will rebuild, and we will find our way back to "normalcy" sooner than most of the pundits think. Getting out today, and talking to/seeing a lot of the regulars (Monger, Shore Catch guys, Canyon Runner, the Bluefish Headboats, Richie MA just to name a few) on the water was a big help for all of us.

Back at it next weekend - hope these bass start getting organized and we can start catching them on jigs again!
 
Post-Sandy DONATIONS
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:48

Special Announcement - Let's Help those that have lost!:


Any anglers that fish on Reel Class, that choose to, can bring item(s) for donation to the local shelters housing victims of Hurricane Sandy OR to the Red Cross - I ask that your bring non-perishable foods, clothes, diapers, or anything else that is deemed necessary that we can bring to a site receiving donations. If you bring something, it will count towards your fare - meaning that if you bring $10 worth of canned foods, that $10 counts towards your fare. The minimum donation in goods is $5 worth, the maximum is $20 worth. I'm leaving it up to you guys to decide how much you want to bring - my only request is that you let me know ahead of time what you're bringing. I will make one trip per weekend to deliver the goods. If anyone has any questions regarding this, please ask!
 
Post-Sandy Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 05 November 2012 12:56

Monday 11/5/12:  First and foremost I hope all of our website readers made it through the worst storm of our lifetimes HEALTHY. I know many of you suffered losses due to flooding, or you've lost other pieces of property (boats cars etc.), or some have even lost homes - may god be with you all and if there is ANYTHING I can do to help you - give me a ring.

I would also like to thank the many people who called/texted/emailed me to see how we were doing - you guys know who you are, all of you, and your FRIENDSHIP to me and my family is immeasurable!!!

As for my family and myself, This is the first time I've had internet and TV service since monday afternoon - I've been on the iphone all week checking facebook updates, trying to check email, and answering texts when I've had service. We left Ortley Sunday afternoon, and got up to the condo up north - only to lose power Monday so we've stayed at my inlaws all week who had power but no cable/internet. Gas lines have been nuts - and parts of Bergen county have been hit very hard - trees, power lines down, and severe flooding. The town where I teach looks like a war zone. We know for a fact that the house in Ortley made it through pretty well w/ some minor damage and the water being limited to what we think was the floor of the crawlspace - thank god. The barrier island itself has been devastated - a new inlet has formed at the foot of the Mantoloking Bridge and a few other breaches popped up from Bay Head to LBI. I've only seen pictures from my neighbors and friends on facebook, but in certain spots, the destruction was unbelievable. There is no access to our island via route 35, and the mantoloking bridge's base is in pieces at the "new" inlet, and the 37 Tunney/Mathis bridge is closed to civilians as all relief efforts to the barrier island are going across via the TUNNEY side (the big bridge). The mathis side, the eastbound side, has been deemed unsafe and no vehicles are using it. Basically we've been told that we should have access to our homes on the island sometime next week as the national guard and subcontractors are cleaning up the huge mess, and is making the island safe to simply be on. They shut the gas off last week so that's a step in the right direction so the fires up in Normandy were extinguished, and the multitude of gas leaks b/c of regulators throughout the island would be alleviated.   Also, the "new" inlets @ Lyman Street and the Mantoloking Bridge have been sealed up, and Route 35 has again been cleared for vehicles (emergency and clean-up only).

Reel Class also made it through unscathed, as did all the boats at Clark's. I took a ride w/ my daughter this morning to confirm, and she was fine. The docks are in rough shape, but they are working feverishly to get them repaired. The marina is just getting back up and running, as was the rest of pt. pleasant and pt. pleasant beach. Some marinas took huge losses with boats being thrown or floated hundreds or thousands of feet from where they were secured - such a shame...

Pt Pleasant and Pt. Pleasant beach are definitely getting cleaned up as the effort to restore order has been tremendous, but the flooding and water damage to the homes was horrible. There is no electric, and gas is off, but people are making due. The Route 35 bridge is open, but many of the roads are closed off because of sand and debris.

Steve and the guys at Clark's told me we might be able to go in sometime next week, depending on their progress at Clark's.  We hope to be back in by this Friday.

**Also, there are many shelters and charities in the areas affected by Sandy, namely in Ocean and Bergen County who are housing people who have been driven from their homes in need of supplies - please donate if you can. ***

As a request, if I haven't spoke to you, let me know you and your family made it through this mess with your health - it'll be great to hear from everyone!

We hope to resume sailing this weekend... We'll see how that goes!

 
 
10/28 Update - BASS Are Here -- So is Hurricane Sandy!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 28 October 2012 19:31

What can I say... Mixed emotions to report here...  We started hearing A LOT about this hurricane making landfall on the Jersey Coast last Thursday and I made the call Thursday afternoon to have the boat hauled from Clark's... We're lucky, b/c on Friday, they ordered a mandatory evacuation of ALL boats from Clark's Landing due to this hybrid Hurricane/NorEaster making landfall right in our backyards....

With that said, Kenny and myself were able to sneak out w/ our good buddy Shelby on Reel Class just prior to us hauling her for a few days to ride out the storm on Saturday morning.  We ran north where the bass have been, only to find things quiet with lots of readings but just a few bluefish to show for our efforts running all the way to the rocks...  We then retraced our steps back south, and finally found some bass feeding on rainfish off Asbury and got a few on both jigs and storm shads, but then more bluefish took over.  We then hopped around, working readings, and found some great readings where we just picked at bluefish and a bass or two here and there.

On the way home, we found another motherlode of readings just off SRI, and we added another nice bass to the box.  (Pics are in the gallery)

We finished with a load of bluefish, maybe 3 dozen, and 7 bass to 18#.  All bass were keepers, smallest fish we boated was 31".  Great trip, but it was cut short because we had to prepare the boat and the house for the storm and she was finally hauled early this morning (Sunday), and is safely tucked away for a few days until this thing passes.  We hope to be back in ASAP, and will hope to get our trips in NEXT weekend!!!!
 
Saturday 10/20 Bass-Blues & Bottom Report -- A Good Day!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 22 October 2012 04:58

Saturday 10/20:  Ran an open boat trip today with Larry, Fred, Jeff, Pete, Mike, and Tommy. Ran out just before 7 as the fog was starting to lift and found a small easterly swell so we shot right up the beach looking for something to drop the jigs on.

Started looking in the Asbury-Long Branch area off the beach, found lots of bait but no life. Kept running up the line, all the way to the rocks, and still had nothing. Mike and Tommy both had bites on stingo's when we made a drop on crazy marks, but got nothing to the boat.

So at around 930 or so we ran further up the beach and switched over to porgy fishing. I decided to drift as there was no current or wind early on, and that paid off as we had fish flying in the boat and into the cooler as soon as we got on good readings. It stayed like this for 2+ hours, until the N tide started rolling and the fishing slowed down. Nevertheless, in that time span, we had loads of bites, a lot of shorts but enough keepers (that we kept - over 10") to keep it interesting. We made one more drop on the way down the beach at the rocks and picked a few more scup and had a couple knucklehead seabass that went back.

We finally got into a few jig fish off LB late in the day on our way home, as we were able to jig up a handful of 12-15# bluefish, but no bass for us.

Finished the day boating ~250 porgies, keeping ~125-150 only 10" over. If there was any question they went back - also lots of seabass in the miniature size up to "would be" keepers + 2 nice blowfish.

Real nice day with a great crew - and man did we eat well. Pepperoncini from Fred, Pickled eggs PA Style from Jeff, and Tommy's dry-rub chicken were ridiculously good. Fred also hooked me up w/ a bag of fresh venison! Again, a great day, and lots of meat in the guy's bags.

**Pics are in the gallery**
 
10/8 Weekend Update - Albies, Blues, Porgies, Seabass, Weakfish!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 08 October 2012 05:32

Saturday 10/6:  Had Chris L's charter on board consisting of Chris, Gavin, and Darrel.  Darrel is Chris' brother and is originally from the Philly area, but in 1989 relocated to Australia.  Darrel cut his teeth fishing Jersey and Delaware waters in the 70's and 80's catching our big bluefish when our stripers were scarce, and missed the hard fighting demons that so many of us take for granted.

So at 645, we ran out east to where we've been catching them since early August, and they were still there, on the same numbers, ready to chew. Today it was albies first, as we had a few right away, then bluefish, then albies.  At times we had them darting through the slick but w/ the choppy conditions 4-6' outta the S it was hard to see what was going on down there.  Nevertheless, the guys caught loads of albies and even more bluefish.

We made one drop all day, and caught fish on sardine and butterfish chunks, whole dines and butters, as well as jigs and spearing.  At the end of the day we boated ~60 bluefish in the 7-12# range, and ~30 albies to about 8# (our best # day ever with albies).  All the fish we boated, with the exception of 2 bluefish were released - it was a great trip but a sporty ride home in the nasty ocean but the guys had a great time!!!

Sunday 10/7: On Sunday we Had an open boat bottom trip today with Ryan, Fin, Bill H, Frasco and Paul. Ran up north and fished in 40-50' depths to start.

First drop was NG with only one massive 5' silver eel coming into the boat as well as a couple of porgies and seabass. Made a move about a mile north, found some insane readings over some rocks and dropped the hook. For the next 2.5 hours we had lock n' load action with mixed size porgies, a few seabass, a handful of bergalls, and 1 florida pinfish and 1 7" spot. Porgy fishing was insane at times, we had 8 rods hooked up and we had many many double headers. We mostly kept fish over 12" and our biggest was 15". By 10:30 it was time for a change of pace, so we ran down the beach to try for tog, seabass, triggers and more pork chops.

Our next drop down the beach in 30' produced even more porgies, some bigger than earlier, and a few nice knucklehead seabass. Conditions were wacky though as we had a gusty NW wind developing and S current up against it so we were flopping. We then made 3 more drops in on the beach and had a few more nice seabass and a couple more porgies - no tog or triggers though.

At 1:45 I got a call that there was some weakfish action down by our inlet, so we shot down there, and finished up the day on INSANE readings catching double and triple header weakfish. Loads of shorts, but also plenty of keepers and we had our full boat limit (1 each! LOL) in about 10 minutes and released the rest unharmed. Biggest was maybe 17".

Called it a day at 2:30. Wound up with ~250 porgies, our full boat limit of weakfish, the 1 giant silver eel, and a full 5 gallon bucketful of quality seabass. Terrific day with a great crew - and the WEATHER, which kept many away today, was great - ocean was flat all day and we only had some rain for about an hour and temps were nice and chilly - felt like fall!!! Thanks for coming down guys!!!

(**Pics are in the gallery)
 
Saturday 9/29 Seabass
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:37

Quick report from this Saturday... Capt Kenny was out and had a decent catch of seabass during an AM trip... Some real nice knuckleheads, lots of shorts....  Overall the bite was a moderate pick and seas were a bit confused with wind against tide, but the tasty critters bit pretty good... The guys finished about 20 shy of a limit... Once I get the pics I will post them in the gallery!
 
Wednesday 9/26 Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:03

We haven't sailed in 3 1/2 weeks - as most of you know I'm back to the regular day job of teaching 6th graders in North Jersey; BUT we had trips scheduled on the weekends only to get blown out 5 times.  We were scheduled to sail today the 26th (I had the day off), but the raging SW winds kept us tied up, and last weekend's trips (FTYP Sunday and Saturday's charter) were both blown out due to nasty conditions.  The prior week when I was off Mon-Tues for Rosh Hashannah we had trips scheduled, but Tuesday's Mahi-Bluefin trip was blown out due to crazy hard S winds.

Monday's trip actually left the slip, 9/17, but an issue with our starboard motor made us call the day very short.  Thankfully, the issue has been resolved.

So, outside of leaving the dock once in the last 3 1/2 weeks (and that trip got nixed), we've been blown out or weathered out the rest of the month of September.  I hope to be back at it this weekend, but weather again looks like it'll be a factor.  Let's hope October allows us to get some trips in!

And finally CONGRATULATIONS go out to Larry Valdez "The Flukemaster" for taking our seasonal pool, and an honorable mention goes to Fred Monaco who was toe-to-toe with Larry all season long for the lead.  These guys fish with us roughly a dozen times over the summer, and are 2 of the best fluke fishermen I know.  Again, congrats to Larry on taking the prize this year (finally!).

*Open boat schedule is updated, and I'm now really chomping at the bit.  Early cabin fever?  No way!!
 
9/2 Update - Fluking BOUNCES BACK Bigtime!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 02 September 2012 12:54

Last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we were blown out due to wind & weather so Kenny and I caught up on some maintenance on the boat.

We were able to run Thursday and Friday's trips, and were shocked to see how fluke fishing bounced back following the easterly then southerly blows we experienced over the weekend and early in the week.

Reports:

Thurs 8/30:  Our last weekday FTYP of the summer had Larry, Fred, Bill H, Tom, Frasco and Bob on to chase down some flatties.  My plan was to hit some wrecks to our east - on the way out the NW was honking a bit so I decided to try a lump a few miles outside.  Within 45 seconds of stopping the boats and getting the lines in, Fred had a nice 21" fish in the net and that set the tone for the day.  We worked this area for the next few hours, getting the crew their limit of 30 fluke to around 7#.  We agreed once we hit the 30 mark we'd go looking for some bigger fish, and did that at 10:30.  Ran offshore, and fished 4 wrecks - 3 of which had fluke on them.  The first one was just shorts, but the second was LOADED with fluke - a lot of nice quality fish topped by Larry's 7#er.  The third was OK with a couple keepers, the fourth had no life.

At the end of the day, we boated 50 keeper fluke keeping the boat limit of 40 fish to 7# as well as 3 seabass.  Great day!!!!!!!!  (Pics are in the gallery)

Friday 8/31:  Jack Reese charter.  Fished generally the same areas as thursday, but found a little slower action, but it was still OK.  More shorts on this trip, but we still had around 15 keepers to 4# with a few nice seabass in the mix.  (Pics are in the gallery)
 
8/29 Update - Fluking Slowing Down & Bad Weather
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 06:07

Again been very busy recently -- finally time to update!

8/27, 8/28, and now today, 8/29 have all been cancelled due to weather.  Monday we had big t-storms and big s wind, tuesday we had hard southwest winds and now today, Wednesday, hard NNE winds which are supposed to subside by 2PM LOL.  We've had a great summer weather-wise, this week though has been HORRIBLE.

Friday 8/24's Fluke trip was SLOW.  Only about 15 fish on a half day trip luckily 5 were over 20" and 2 were right @ 17.5".

Saturday 8/25's Fluke trip was better, but conditions were tough with an E wind which slowly increased throughout the day to 15-20 and seas 3-5'.  Billy's crew toughed it out though fishing our OLD stomping grounds down off Ortley which we haven't fished since 2005 finishing 4 fish shy of a limit to 6#.  Nice day for everyone despite the lumpy seas!

**Pics are in the gallery**
 
8/23 Update - Flukin' Still Good & Bluefish, Albacore, and Mahi!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 16:34

Got a lot of catching up to do with reports from the last 6 days.  We've been busy and it's been hard to keep up! **ALL PICS ARE IN THE GALLERY** Reports are below:

8/23: Had Andy's charter on today for a bluefish-albacore trip. Broke the inlet nice n early as the sun was coming up and ran out to our east to where the fleet has been fishing and were one of the first boats on the scence.  Got the hook in, had a nice little southerly current so we were able to get set up quickly on an otherwise flat-calm ocean and got the chum and chunks in the water. We got the rods in, and 45 seconds later, we had 3 alligator sized bluefish on and it was that way the next half hour or so.

We backed off the slick a bit, and then the albies started darting through the slick - small soft plastics and whole sardines were the ticket with the albies as we were 10-11 on the speedsters.  Bluefish were in the slick all morning. The water was so blue n clear that we were able to see the fish taking our baits 30' down.

At 10:30, the crew had had enough, and were waving the white flag. The bluefish bite was wild as we could've caught fish all day long and had every rod hooked up at all times. The albies were a bit tougher, but still were plentiful.

After they had enough of the chum/chunk bite, we went looking around the lobster pots in the hole for mahi - came up empty. One quick drop on a wreck in 90' on the way home yielded 3 keeper seabass.  Great trip - the crew is probably popping advil and sitting in a sauna right now b/c those fish whooped them. We boated a load of bluefish, kept 8 for the table while releasing the rest and the 10 albies.

8/22:  Ran out east in the dark 35 or do miles to a wreck found some bait n chicks and set up on the drift w 2 sharking sticks while chunking n jigging. Zero life.

Onto pot hopping - went 4-6 on mahi in the 3-8# range - even that was slow as 1 in every 10 pots had a mahi. Did one more shark/tuna drift, nada but a few nice king That came off the wreck.

So, we finished the day inshore w the fleet and crushed the slammer bluefish- no Albies for us though.  Long day, but a good one w a great crew!!!

8/21:  FTYP trip today.  Ran south again to the snags we've been fishing, and CRUSHED them although we had just a pick at times.  Easily boated 100+ fluke, wound up boxing up a boat limit of 35 keepers to just under 7# taken by Fred who also had 12 keepers himself.  Great day!!!!!!!!!!

8/20:  Had Bob n Charlie's crew on for their yearly charter.  Decided to fluke fish since its been so good.  Well, the N current and the light N breeze made for a real fast drift and we only caught a few fluke and 1 bluefish.  Very slow day for us!

8/18:  Larry, Fred, Brian, Kenny and I fished the FSOS fluke tournament.  Ran out in the dark and started fishing in the dark.  Hard NNE breeze started quickly kicking in and seas grew to 4-6' - had to power drift to put a catch together.  Had between 14-16 keepers only keeping 13 of the biggest ones as we had a few right @ 17.5" as we were looking for a slob.  Our best fish was Larry's whose was 5.2# - we finished in the top 10 but not good enough!
 
8/15 Update --- Flukin' on Fire!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 05:50

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!!
 
Saturday 8/11 Update - Fluke-Blues-Bottom Fishing HOT!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:52

We haven't been out since Thursday 8/9 due to the screaming south wind and nasty weather, but fishing this week prior to the parade of nasty thunderstorms and strong southerly winds was EXCELLENT.  Reports below:

Thursday 8/9:  Had a FTYP today with 5 regulars and headed south to the rocks where we finished up Tuesday.

Picky bite to start but scratched out keepers every drift - all nice NMR's in the 2-5# range with only a couple nail biter keepers. We "carpet bombed" this area (Thanks Walsh LOL) for a couple hours and picked a dozen. Kenny had one just over 7# here, and even I decked one just under 7#.

Ran up to the north reef and picked a half dozen more plus some shorts on a few pieces, and dropped one hog on a live spot [Frown]

We worked our way to finish up the day as the south wind picked up, and picked away on a few more drops with long drifts. Fred finished off the day nailing a 6# 5 oz. beauty which was probably hooked off Harvey Cedars since he has so much line out.  Wound up with the 5 man (crew) limit and 6 nice seabass. We had 4 fish over 6#, and the rest except for 3 of the fish were in the 2-5# range -- lots of nice quality fish today!! Nice day with a GREAT crew - lots of good hearted ball busting and laughs; the guys went home with huge sacks of meat and again, we had a great day with some great regulars!

Wednesday 8/8:  Had the Comley's on today for our deepwater wreck trip. We brought some of the bluefin stuff along and some stuff for bluefish since Rich loves to put the big demons in his smoker.Broke the inlet @ 630 and shot east 20 something miles to our first drop - this spot is a cod producer and has been very good to us in the past. Today, it was loaded with bergalls and 1 nice ling. Kenny jigged up a nice seabass on a stingo pb&j - but that was it. We shifted around and found a couple more bites, one of which was a 22" pollock taken by Rich.

We then worked our way east another 6 miles, to hit a few pieces - a boat was on one and the other produced just a few bites. So, we shot north 12 miles to another wreck that was a good ling wreck. On this piece we were able to power drift and we had a very good ling bite with mixed size ling up to 2#. At some points we were catching them as quickly as we could get the rigs down. I also boated my personal best winter flounder, which was every bit of 4# (21.5"!!), which was released and rocketed back to the bottom. Rich also decked a beautiful 25" cod, our only codfish of the day.

Interesting part about this piece is that we had a rather large shark checking us out; it got maybe 30 yards off our port side. On an estimate, it looked to be every bit of 10-12' in length, and had a ragged black dorsal - I'm not shark expert and I've personally never seen one, but that thing sure as hell looked like a great white [EEK!] I know it wasn't a brown, thresher, mako, blue, tiger, or hh - so who knows?

Our next stop was to run back to the south and east and try to chunk up a bluefin, and at the very least get some bluefish for Rich's smoker. On the way we threw some chunks at some lobster pots for mahi - no dice whatsoever on that front. On the hook we were only able to catch bluefish in the 9-12# range, and we kept a half dozen and released the rest.

Headed back to the dock at 2:30, but decided to make one quick stop for fluke right outside our inlet - and in 2 drifts, we had a couple of keepers and shorts to 19".  Great day by any standard. We filled a whole bushel basket with ling, and had 1 seabass, 1 cod, and 1 pollock along w/ the fluke and bluefish while releasing the flounder as well as other bluefish.

One little tidbit: Today was the first day, according to my log, since 1987, that I personally caught a winter flounder and fluke on the same trip - that trip was in June of 1987 and it was in the Manasquan River. Either way, it's pretty cool catching both of those species on the same trip.

We'll be seeing Rich, Toni and family again next week for a fluke trip. Great day w/ some great people!!!

Tuesday 8/9:  Had the boys from the SWABC club on board today for another one of their summer fluke charters run by Jim Zimmer.

Ran east of our inlet to start and picked a couple of keepers, but conditions stank and we were reeling up skate after skate mixed in with the occasional short. Started bouncing around, working our way south, fishing some snags just looking for a good concentration of fish.

Every piece we dropped on we'd pick a few fish, but with a kooky drift with the S current and light NE wind we really couldn't get back on the fish after a drift or two. We had a very slow pick until 12:30 when conditions got a bit better.

Later in the day we hit two other rockpiles further south, and both produced a nice amount of keepers and shorts, and thankfully no more skates. The last piece was the best drop of the day where we topped off our box with a few fish in the 4-6# range.

Wound up being another real good trip - 23 keepers made it to the boat to 5.5# taken by Mike, and we had about a half dozen total in the 4-6# range. Mixed in were a few nice seabass as well. All fish were taken on bucktail teaser combos as usual. We'll be seeing these guys again later this month, hopefully we'll get them some BIG fish next time!!
 
Saturday 8/4 Fluke Slamfest Limits +++!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:59
Fished the JCSA fluke tournament today w/ a 4 man crew. Decided to run up the beach to some snags and rough stuff that we haven't fished in around a month.

Left the dock @ 545 - First piece we hit we picked a few keepers and shorts, but it wasn't really that good so we moved on. Next piece was more life, more shorts and more keepers. Pounded that area hard for over an hour picking keepers w/ some nice 3-5# cookie cutters mixed in, hoping to find that "one" fish there. Didn't happen.

Ran off to a deeper snag, more of the same: Keepers n shorts, w/ some cookie cutters thrown in topped by a couple of bigger fish just shy of 5#. Still couldn't find that one.

Ran off even further to a high spot/snag and was by ourselves - got a real nice pick going topping off our limit by 10:15AM - we then started culling. Just after that, I had a real WEIRD bite and the fish burst up to the top - it was a nice thesher 100-150# or so that hit the bucktail and made 2 crazy jumps right behind the boat, the crazy beast pealed line like there was no tomorrow, then I gained a little, then another jump got the leader wrapped on the tail and popped off. Great little battle and nice surprise, but we didn't get the fish.

Back to flukin', more of the same, nice fish culling out smaller ones but just couldn't find that one. By 12:30 the south wind and S current together made for a real fast drift in the deep, so we bounced around inshore picking a few more would-be keepers but again couldn't find a big fish.

Called it a day around 330. We wound up with 36 keeper fluke to 4 3/4#, only keeping our legal limit. We also had about 6 keeper seabass. Fred was high hook with 12 keepers, and Brian had the 2 top fish both around 4 3/4#. Out of the fish we kept, about half were in that "cookie cutter" range. It was a great day of fluking - just couldn't find that one fish that would've put us in the $$$. Thems are the breaks!!
 
8/2 Report - Seabass Fishing is EXCELLENT + Triggerfish
Written by Capt.Allen   
Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:58
Had Kim H and her husband Dan charter the boat today for their daughter Jamie's 25th birthday along w/ her boyfriend Carl. Plan was to seabass fish to get some fish for the freezer.

Fished down to our south and various snags and rockpiles - some pieces held loads of seabass while others were picked over. First couple of drops were OK, we picked some keepers n shorts + 1 big triggerfish, but then made a move a little to the east and got a real good bite going with a 50/50 mix of keepers and shorts and more triggerfish.

Once that dried up, we headed back inshore and fished a high rockpile and had some bigger bass plus three more big triggerfish. Once that one dried up, we worked our way south and picked away a bit here and there. The last piece produced some of the nicer fish of the day with 5 being 2-3#.

Overall we had a real nice day of seabass fishing with CONSTANT action from shorts and keepers and lock and load kinda bites. Loads of shorts, couldn't even count em', but we weeded through the shorts to put 92 keepers in the box as well as 6 triggerfish. Biggest seabass was Jamie's 4#er and we had around a dozen between 2-3#. The rest were the 13-15" specimens with a good amount right on the mark. We blew through three bushels of shucked clams today and got into the reserve baits at the end - squid n gulp - LOL. Ya know ya had a good day of seabassin' when that happens. [Smile]

Real nice trip with some real nice people!!
 
8/1 Update! Fluke & Seabass...
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:37

We're back in action after an 8 day layup for some 2000 hour maintenance.

Last Monday, 7/23, we had the Tom Quinn Charter on and pasted the cocktail blues 10 miles NE of our inlet - boated a load.  Also tried fluking/seabassing but that was a struggle.

On Tuesday, 7/24, our maintenance started and we were back at Clark's on 7/31.

Today, 8/1, we had the Mike Eannone charter on.  We started out seabassing at our south reef, did well boxing around a dozen and loads of shorts with double headers and constant action, but the swell/chop got the best of two of the boys so we headed for the river and fluke fished in there.  Lots of shorts, lots of bites, and 4 keepers to 20" all on trout rods n gulp on jigs.  Nice day with a great crew!
 
7/19 Update - Up and Down Fluking the Last Few Days
Written by Capt.Allen   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:16

We've been out the last three days fluke fishing:  Monday 7/16, Tues 7/17, Weds 7/18.

Monday's fishing was a pick, we wound up with 18 keepers working snags to our NE.  Larry Valdez took over the season lead for the biggest fluke on the boat with a 6.5#er on the trip.  Larry and Fred both had limits.

Tuesday was very tough.  Horrible conditions, and just not a lot of fish caught.  We caught some fluke, a handful of keepers, a few ling and seabass, and some taylor sized blues, but the fishing flat-out stank.

Wednesday saw an improvement in the fluke fishing because conditions improved.  We caught fish on the snags NE of our inlet, and also caught fish up north in the rocks.  We wound up with a dozen keeper fluke, a few seabass, and a load of taylor blues (1-3#ers) that the guys wanted to have for the grill on the way in out to our NE.

Today, Thursday is blown out due to the NE wind, and most likely Friday and Saturday will be as well!!
 
7-14 Update - Good Fluke Fishing & Sunday 7/15 Limits!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 18:41

Fluke fishing is very good right now.  We've run three trips since our last "update" - Thursday 7/12, Friday 7/13, and Sunday 7/15.

Thursday we had good fishing, boxing 20 keepers + seabass and a ling.  At times we had no drift, but when we found a nice patch of fish we pounded on them with lots of 3-5# fish going in the box.  Friday 7/13 was much tougher, as we only boxed a total of 10 fish to 6# taken by Doug W.  Sunday, 7/15, was good fishing - we had a 5 man limit of 25 keeper fluke to 5.25# and a few jumbo seabass.  So, in sum, fishing is good!!!!!!!  We'll be out all week and the website will be updated by Thursday!  

7/11 FLUKE Update - Decent Fishing!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:18

7/10:  Had some of the guys from the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County on for a FTYP trip today. Broke the inlet just after 6 and found a completely different ocean than we saw yesterday - flat calm and smooth seas on our ride north up to the sticky stuff.

First drift was pretty much lock and load fluke as we were being pushed by a southerly current, and we had no wind at least for the first 30 minutes to butt-up against the current. On that first drift, we boated countless fluke, mostly shorts, but boxed 4 keepers. Second drift, everything changed, as a NNE breeze kicked in killing our drift. Dennis' rod doubled over a few minutes in, and we thought he had a slob of a fluke - headshakes and all - turned out to be a thick 4.5' silver eel!!

Ran all over the ocean after that between Long Branch and Sea Bright, picking way here and there, but couldn't string more than 2 drifts together with good results. Conditions were constantly changing, as we slid, or we didn't move, or we moved too fast. Bottom line was that We picked and picked and picked. Some spots yielded some fish, others didn't.

We wound up boating somewhere between 75-100 fluke today, and wound up with a total of 13 keepers up to 4#, as well as 2 seabass. It was a tough day, but we wound up OK. Dennis was high hook with 4, Frank followed up with 3.

7/9:FTYP trip today with Larry, Fred, Tommy, Don K, Keith "Hookafattie" and Aaron.

Ran out at 6 and was greeted by a STIFF NE wind 15-20 kts and 2-4' seasVERY close together with an occasional 5-6' thrown in [EEK!] Wasn't pretty, but we set up on a couple of lumps locally and found a drift of 1.5 - 2 kts and very few bites. We were only able to pull a few shorts. For all intents and purposes, we were waiting out the wind as it was supposed to blow itself out by around 9-10AM, but it never did, if anything it picked up.

So, we opted to fish the river for awhile then give it a go later in the day when the wind crapped out.

River was OK. Fishing west of 35 we had some bites, not a lot, but at the start of the incoming most of the fluke were nice fish - 5 made it to the box up to 19". Around 1130 we headed back out, only to find the ocean still real rolly, with more 5-6' ers thrown in now, so we again headed back inside after another futile attempt.

Finishing up where we started, we were able to pull a couple more keepers out and a good amount of shorts.

For the day, we had 7 keepers and 1 cocktail blue, 5 of which were over 18" and the biggest was 20". Fred and Tommy both had fish that were right on the mark. With that 5th fish, Fred remarkably got his 5 fish limit - congrats to him on a very tough day for really GRINDING IT OUT! Larry had the other keeper. Out of those fish, we probably boated around 40 fluke, lots of real small ones in the mix. Real fun day despite the sluggish fishing w/ some regulars, and it was great seeing Keith again as I haven't had him on the boat since 2006!   
 
7/8 Update - Good Fluking & Bottom Fishing!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 19:29

Since our last update, last Wednesday, we've run 4 trips - the reason we haven't run as much in the last 10 days is because of family vacation and I was still nursing my injured leg from a couple of weeks ago.  I'm almost 100% now and we're out almost every day until the end of the month.

We did 2 bottom fishing charters, and 2 fluke trips in the time being.  The Bottom fishing was generally pretty good - we had loads of seabass with lots of shorts but enough keepers to make it interesting, as well as some nice big triggerfish and a few big ling.  Fluke Fishing is also pretty good, when conditions are right.  This past Friday we had a half day trip, and wound up with 12 nice keepers in 5 hours - not bad for a half day!

FTYP trips all this week, will update in a few days!
 
6/27 Fluke Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 08:38

Fluking is good right now!! Our first FTYP of the summer was a fair day, we picked 10 keepers and loads of shorts - we couldn't fish anywhere past a mile b/c of the screaming NW wind which made the drift VERY fast.  Big fish was 6#, and Chris White's son Mike did a great job bagging 2 keepers just missing high hook by a fish.

We're back at it this Friday, and have a couple of trips next week but no open boat openings until the week of 7/9!
 
Father's Day Weekend Report!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 18 June 2012 06:58
My client of 7 years Dr. Dave Fischer reached out Friday evening and wanted to take his dad Ed out for an early father's day trip with Dave's buddy Mike - my original charter postponed due to conditions and rescheduled till later this summer. We had some time restrictions, and decided on a 530AM-1230PM trip.

Ran out, and ran north, ocean was a bit sloppy and a little uncomfortable w/ the swell. Finding bunker was no problem. In the pods, small bluefish were destroying our snagged and free-lined bunker - no bass.

Decided to run up north to do some chunking on the rough stuff. First drop we had no bites, second drop, we had insta-bites with GATOR bluefish on live bunker, chunks, heads, whatever went in. As the tide slowed, the bite slowed, so we made a little wiggle. The last move got us MORE bluefish topped by Dave's 16# monster.

At 11:45, right before the tide change, we had to get back to the dock, so we took off with the guys having soar arms and a box full of big bluefish. Some pics will be on the site later today.

And... Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there!!
 
6/10 Weekend Wrap-Up -- 6 Man Fluke Limits + Bass to 43#!!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:35

6/10:  Had Kendall's charter onboard today for a split day between bass and bottom fishing. Kendall had a couple of guys drop out last minute so it was his son Quincy and dad Bill with Kenny and I.

First thing we ran south, found small pods, no life. Got a couple of calls of good life up north so we turned arond and headed up. Acres and acres of bunker, and god knows how many boats. No problem snagging bunker, but every bunker we sent back in was inhaled by 7-12# bluefish. We must've lost an honest dozen hooks.

We heard of a little bite back south, so off we went again the other direction. Got down there, only to find it petered out.
Switched gears, went bottom fishing for a bit. Couldn't anchor cause we didn't have any wind or tide, so we drifted, picking at loads of just short seabass with some keepers mixed in plus some nice ling and one "keeper" tog which had to go back b/c it was out of season.

At around noon, we headed further south to the IBSP area and started bassing again. Hopping pod to pod and fishing IN the pods, we were finally able to get some bites and got the guys into some bass, all slobs - Quincy had a 42# (his first bass ever - beat that!) and Kendall had a 43# - NICE big fat FISH and Kendall's personal best.

We made a couple more stops on the way home on pods - no more bass but we hooked, believe it or not, 2 very big fish which we assumed to be threshers working tight pods. The mystery fish picked the bunker up and just took off; no bite just a take and go - both times we almost got spooled but luckily the leader parted LOL

Nice day with great people, we wound up with the bass and a 5 gallon bucketful of ling and seabass. The guys wound up taking 3 full bags of fillets home with the bass and bottom fish - real nice outcome after a slow start!!!!

6/9:Had Mike "sharky", Kenny, Brian, Larry flukemaster, Fred, and Scott aboard for the JCAA fluke tourney. Ran north, stopped on some bunks for bait and a drift, no bass, then continued north.

Worked in on the beach and off only a few shorts. Continued up and went off and finally got into some fluke. We pretty much worked this area all morning picking away at keepers and shorts as well as dome sea bass. Most drifts yielded 2-5 keepers w/ plenty of shorts in the mix.   At times we had some pretty good fishing, but overall it was a pick and the new 17.5" minimum certainly helped our "keeping" in this area!

By noon this area dried up do we hopped around picking a few more here and there plus some big seabass.   One last shot in on the rocks looking for a monster didn't pay off as we had a strong NE current take over and all we managed were more shorts and a couple more keepers.

At days end we had our 6-man limit of fluke + some additional keepers + a dozen seabass and 2 ling.   Our top fluke was just under 5# and our top seabass was around 3#. Great day on the waterr with a great crew - Kenny's 4.95# fish put us in 8th place in the always competitive Pt. Pleasant port!  Real nice day - guys went home w/ lots of meat!!!!  (Pics are in the gallery!)
 
6/3 Weekend Update - More Bass to 39#!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 04 June 2012 10:06

Had a busy weekend of PM bass trips.  Here are the reports starting w/ 6-1:

6/1:  Had the Sanders crew on board for their yearly livelining trip, minus Derial who was under the weather and was missed by all of us (Get better soon boss!)

Got our bait, no problem off Squan, started livelining on some readings. Had 1 runoff, no hook-up. Bounced around, fishing some high spots and pods off the beach - nada.

Got a call of a little bite going on up to our north, and found more bunker, more boats, and a little more life as we had a few runoffs going 1-4 on bass to about 30# there. Then got another call from Capt Al (THANK YOU!!!) that it was blowing up a bit further up the line, so we put the afterburners on the old cats (running 30+ kts!) and ran another 6 miles in no time to find BIG bass blowing up all around us. Whitewater, cinder blocks falling from the sky kinda thing in every direction with bunker flying outta the water and big bass snapping and popping on the hapless baitfish.

Initially, the fish were taking anything we put in the water: plugs, livies, deads, etc. After the initial explosion subsided, we still had a couple more bites on plugs. I had 3 fish in the bow landing a couple to 35#, one which was a slob that I never saw nearly straightened a hook on a popper (the fish nearly spooled my spheros) - never got to see the fish but it was a beast [Frown] Meanwhile in the stern Brian had 2 big fish, one @ 39# (personal best) on a livie and another big fish on a swimmer. We also had some vicious runoffs on fresh heads when we ran out of livies.

6/2:  Had Darren B's charter on the boat today. Left at noon, found a big swell but a flattening NW wind. Found the bunker, but had to return half the crew because the seas took a toll on the ride up. So, we got back up north about 45 minutes later and filled both wells with bunker.

We then rode around bouncing pod to pod looking for some bites. Didn't have any bites till we got up north off Long Branch, and it was all big bluefish.  Ran back south and finally got a few, to 26#, but a real good bite never materialized and we at best had a slow pick going 3-8ish on bites. We read the bass incredibly well at times last night, they just didn't want to bite. Only wound up with 3 in the box to 26#.

6/3: Had Jon k charter the boat today for an afternoon bass trip. Last year jobs crew was on board exactly one calendar year earlier where we ALL had a bass trip if a lifetime with monster bass crushing our bunkers and plugs from the start of the trip till the finish...  However... This years outing was the stark opposite! Tons of bunker, great readings in a lot of places, but all we managed was bluefish. We did see two fish come up late, but by 630 some very Nasty t-storms started roaring thru so we had to make a few moves, but we came up empty. We were back at the dock by 7PM.

Overall, fishing stank to high heavens. I think the full moon has A LOT to do with what we're seeing right now - there are a lot of bass around and once things settle we might see things pick up very quickly... Better days are ahead!!!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 5-19 Seabass!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 18:35
Had Chris s and his crew on today for a half-day shot at Seabass. Big swell early but we made our way out to the east and had good fishing with dome nice knuckleheads right away. After that piece dried up we went looking, only picking a few more.

We then ran into some good reads on the machine as we were working south, put the jigs on and nailed a few bluefish.

Finally, in 3 drops at our south reef we had pretty good fishing again w/ the seabass, with the last drop producing the most keepers of the day. Called it a day at 1130, some of the crew got beat up a bit too much b/c of the heave and chop, but we still had a nice pile of Seabass ( big box was half full didn't get a exact count) along with one ling. We easily boated over a hundred biscuits today, with I'd guesstimate at least half making the mark.
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 5-12 Bass - Finally Some Slobs!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Saturday, 12 May 2012 19:08
Had Willie E charter the boat today with some of his comrades from NJ Hunter - Cat, Brian, Mike, Paula, and Laurie. Our goal was to catch a hog - so, we ran down south where some big fish came up the last few days on spoons and bunkers.

Found plenty of bunker off Mantoloking, loaded up. Continued south, but found nothing but more bunker. Put the spoons in off SSP and trolled down to the bathing beaches in 55-65' for 2 + hours. In those 2 hours, we didn't get a freakin' sniff, nothing even close to a knockdown or even a bump. It was lifeless! We ran in on the beach to try fluking to kill some time, still nothing. Then some calls/texts started coming in from up north - we talked it over with the crew and decided it was time to make the 25 mile run back north where the fish were chewing in the Deal-Long Branch stretch.

So, at 10:30, we shot north, got up on the scene by around 11:20 or so. We found MILES of bunker, lots of boats, and finally, some fish.

Mostly bass in the 15-20# range, a few bluefish, but lots of bites for the crew. We wound up bouncing around the pods, fishing in the deep, and picking away with some fish lost, some fish missed, and some meat (7 fish in total) for the box. The last fish of the day was Mike's, which was 46-47" and was ~40# - all others were in that cookie cutter 15-20# range.

Salvaged the day by making that run, and getting putting some meat in the box for the crew who fished hard all day!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 5-5 Report - Fluke & Bass
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 06 May 2012 19:52
On Saturday, 5/5 we Had Larry's opening day fluke charter today. Thick fog and NE winds greeted us to start the day. We had high hopes on the fluke front, hoping some fish moved in.  We fished everywhere - wrecks snags rocks hills lumps shallows you name it - fishing stunk. Just 1 short all day! What we did pull a lot of were gorgeous out of season seabass which went back.   We fished from inside the SG Reef to offshore of it, down to the Axel, inside the Axel, outside of it, between the reefs, and in tight on the beach on sand and on structure.  We couldn't find em'!

We did hear of a bit of a pick on the troll for bass, so For the last hour, we put the spoons in and got the guys 1 20# bass on a white maja. Called it a day at two - great crew but we had a tough one. Better days are ahead!!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 4-28 & 4-29 Bass - INCREDIBLE FISHING!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:20

Sunday 4/29:  That word, Wow, sums up today. On facebook I declared today a "5 advil day" because of what you're gonna read below and the end result of what we did today, but the word Wow is an even better adjective to describe the kind of fishing we had...

Had a full open boat trip today with Jimmy, Cubby, Mike, Bob, Flukeman Fred, and Ryan on board with Kenny and I. Ran north up to the fleet and where they had them yesterday afternoon. At first things were very slow, but once we made a few wiggles we had lock and load bass fishing with all NICE fish in the 12-20# range, all on krocs and pb & j's. We limited the entire boat out w/ bonus fish by 8:30AM, and went into C&R mode. All of the action was taking place from 1.5-2.5 miles off - the bite was crazy good until around 9 when it slowed.

We meandered north, looking around, stopping on readings and picking bluefish - got all the way to the rocks and we had even more bluefish there.

At around noon, we got a call a little bite was developing back to our south, so we headed back to where we started, and found small patches of birds working over ACRES of bass and a few bluefish. For the next hour and a half, we had ridiculous catch and release fishing with bigger bass, mostly in the 18-22# range, but we had two that were close to 30# that Ryan got to the boat, one of which threw the hook as we were getting ready to get her inside for a snapshot and release. We stayed with this until 1:45ish when a collective cry of uncle was thrown out there by the entire crew LOL

For the day, we easily boated 70+ bass, with many in the 15-20# range, and maybe a dozen over 20#, all on jigs (pb&j's and krocs). Mixed in with the bass were maybe 15 bluefish, all 5-10#.

Why 5 advil? Aching backs, arms, hands, etc. from reeling fish in all day!! It doesn't get any better than this - GREAT jig fishing!!!!!!!!! Great crew, great day - Wow!!

Saturday 4/28: Ran a full open boat trip today with Walsh, Brian, Craig P, Randy, Hollywood Bill, and birthday boy "feed me more" Jason.   Ran north, got an early start looking to jig some stuff. Started out in the deep off Asbury and caught nothing. Ran further up, and in on the beach just looking around. Found LOADS of bunker in tight, tried swimming a few but only had some monster bluefish give them a look - so with nothing going on we loaded up on more bunker then went back into search mode. Ran back to the deep and got a call on a little troll bite, but only pulled big bluefish on the shad rigs. Got another call further south, out in the deep that a lil jig bite was going on so off we went.

What we found, at first, was pure chaos with what seemed like nearly 100 boats zipping all over the place, cutting each other off (Think Jaws scene) and no bites.

We then creeped our way to the S end of the fleet, and finally found some bass. At first we had a slow pick of NICE bass in the 32-38" range mixed in with a few jumbo blues. We wound up working around this area for a bit, then finally found the motherlode a bit further up - on one drift we limited the boat out on QUALITY bass and went into C&R mode by 11 AM. At several points, we had 4-5 fish on, and I went up to the bow and swung my limit in on 2 successive casts.

After loading the box, we went inshore, did a little toggin', caught virtually nothing (1 seabass). As we were anchored up, Jason and Kenny spotted some bird play a half mile from us - nobody on them. So, we picked up the hook and went back out with the jigs on, and again, had insane fishing with an even mix of bass and bluefish - fish were blowing up all around us and the bass, at this point, were generally bigger.

At 2 we called it a day - the guys were exhausted and were complaining of sore arms from catching bass and handful of bluefish we had. We EASILY boated 40 bass today, if not more, and only 1 was short + about a dozen bluefish. We kept our boat limit of bass to around 23#, and released a solid ~25 HEALTHY fish back to the ocean. This was another GREAT day with a helluva crew in a TREMEMDOUS April jig bite we've experienced. Jig fishing for bass really doesn't get a whole lot better than this!!!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 4-28 & 4-29 Bass - INCREDIBLE FISHING!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:20

Sunday 4/29:  That word, Wow, sums up today. On facebook I declared today a "5 advil day" because of what you're gonna read below and the end result of what we did today, but the word Wow is an even better adjective to describe the kind of fishing we had...

Had a full open boat trip today with Jimmy, Cubby, Mike, Bob, Flukeman Fred, and Ryan on board with Kenny and I. Ran north up to the fleet and where they had them yesterday afternoon. At first things were very slow, but once we made a few wiggles we had lock and load bass fishing with all NICE fish in the 12-20# range, all on krocs and pb & j's. We limited the entire boat out w/ bonus fish by 8:30AM, and went into C&R mode. All of the action was taking place from 1.5-2.5 miles off - the bite was crazy good until around 9 when it slowed.

We meandered north, looking around, stopping on readings and picking bluefish - got all the way to the rocks and we had even more bluefish there.

At around noon, we got a call a little bite was developing back to our south, so we headed back to where we started, and found small patches of birds working over ACRES of bass and a few bluefish. For the next hour and a half, we had ridiculous catch and release fishing with bigger bass, mostly in the 18-22# range, but we had two that were close to 30# that Ryan got to the boat, one of which threw the hook as we were getting ready to get her inside for a snapshot and release. We stayed with this until 1:45ish when a collective cry of uncle was thrown out there by the entire crew LOL

For the day, we easily boated 70+ bass, with many in the 15-20# range, and maybe a dozen over 20#, all on jigs (pb&j's and krocs). Mixed in with the bass were maybe 15 bluefish, all 5-10#.

Why 5 advil? Aching backs, arms, hands, etc. from reeling fish in all day!! It doesn't get any better than this - GREAT jig fishing!!!!!!!!! Great crew, great day - Wow!!

Saturday 4/28: Ran a full open boat trip today with Walsh, Brian, Craig P, Randy, Hollywood Bill, and birthday boy "feed me more" Jason.   Ran north, got an early start looking to jig some stuff. Started out in the deep off Asbury and caught nothing. Ran further up, and in on the beach just looking around. Found LOADS of bunker in tight, tried swimming a few but only had some monster bluefish give them a look - so with nothing going on we loaded up on more bunker then went back into search mode. Ran back to the deep and got a call on a little troll bite, but only pulled big bluefish on the shad rigs. Got another call further south, out in the deep that a lil jig bite was going on so off we went.

What we found, at first, was pure chaos with what seemed like nearly 100 boats zipping all over the place, cutting each other off (Think Jaws scene) and no bites.

We then creeped our way to the S end of the fleet, and finally found some bass. At first we had a slow pick of NICE bass in the 32-38" range mixed in with a few jumbo blues. We wound up working around this area for a bit, then finally found the motherlode a bit further up - on one drift we limited the boat out on QUALITY bass and went into C&R mode by 11 AM. At several points, we had 4-5 fish on, and I went up to the bow and swung my limit in on 2 successive casts.

After loading the box, we went inshore, did a little toggin', caught virtually nothing (1 seabass). As we were anchored up, Jason and Kenny spotted some bird play a half mile from us - nobody on them. So, we picked up the hook and went back out with the jigs on, and again, had insane fishing with an even mix of bass and bluefish - fish were blowing up all around us and the bass, at this point, were generally bigger.

At 2 we called it a day - the guys were exhausted and were complaining of sore arms from catching bass and handful of bluefish we had. We EASILY boated 40 bass today, if not more, and only 1 was short + about a dozen bluefish. We kept our boat limit of bass to around 23#, and released a solid ~25 HEALTHY fish back to the ocean. This was another GREAT day with a helluva crew in a TREMEMDOUS April jig bite we've experienced. Jig fishing for bass really doesn't get a whole lot better than this!!!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant Friday 4/13 Bass - Another Banner Day!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:14
Had an open trip today w 6 anglers + Kenny and myself. We left early, and planned on running south where the bite has been good. After breaking the inlet @ 630 we took it slow and looked around locally. My other mate mike was out in his boat running out of Barnegat - early intel from him and his crew was dead sea down south, so we jogged north a bit. After getting a couple of calls that something was developing up the beach so we went searching. On the radar, I spotted a MASSIVE flock of birds a little n and e of where we were do we hightailed it there.

Getting on the scene it was simply going off. Gannets, literally thousands of them were working a large area. Marks were top to bottom so we got the jigs in and it was game on. We filled the entire boat limit in 15-20 minutes, then played c&r for awhile. We only had maybe 6 shorts , and our biggest was around 22#. Hot jigs were pb&js and krocs, although jimmy nailed 7-8 fish on his favorite jig a crippled herring. This bite was sick and it stretched for miles!!!

After we got our fill Of the bass we went and did some bottom fishing. All drops we made were very slow - but bill h decked a beautiful, legit 4# seabass which went back unharmed, and jimmy got a beautiful 17" winter flounder - we also had a 5' silver eel. This was all n of our inlet - we finished the day on our south reef making 5 drops catching loads of bergalls and a couple of seabass plus one lonely short tog.

Called it a day at 130 - we finished the day with a full boat limit of bass + the flounder. The guys had huge sacks of fillets for dinner. This was just another great day in this extremely early bass run - fishing is fantastic and things are just getting going!!!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant 4-10 Bass... GREAT DAY!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:16
Open boat trip today. Ran south in search of birds and life that we saw from the beach yesterday and saw a couple of boats just crushing the bass. Got a call just after 8 from capt. joey and we were off to the races much further south.. When we arrived on the scene there were 5 small CC's working the area, and gannets and gulls were pretty much everywhere divebombing and picking at bunker and herring. Bass were also EVERYWHERE. As soon as a jig hit the water, we were on - PB&J, shad, and krocs all worked. Boris fished a yellow Stingo PB&J all day and landed easily 15 by himself, and Brian Buddha sticks had HH with 16.

It was simply unreal - probably the best jig bite I've seen in some time. All fish were NICE, 30-38" biggest went around 20# and was fat - we had a few of those. We had our boat limit +1 bonus fish in 2 drifts and then we played catch and release for 2 hours after. We easily boated 75 bass if not more, again all quality fish.

By 11 it started breaking up a bit, so we tried toggin' on a small wreck I have down that way that's in sorta close (wind was HONKING outta the W at this point) and we couldn't fish anywhere outside of a mile, so we made the best of what we had. We had to make a few wiggles, and had a couple of good shots of tog, but most were shorts but we plucked a few fat females off the wreck, as well as a nice 4# taken by Mike. All tog were on the snot - just 1 short on green crab.

Called it a day at 2 because we were simply exhausted. Great day, VERY MEMORABLE day. Doesn't get much better than what we had today!
 
Reel Class/Pt Pleasant Weekend Bass-Tog
Written by Capt.Allen   
Friday, 06 April 2012 20:44
First trip of the season for us today and Kenny and I had Fred M, Brian A, Brian Buddha Sticks and Jason on board for a bass/tog trip.

Broke the inlet just after 730 this morning and found some scattered gannets working just to our N on some good marks - dropped the jigs in and we had 2 fish on in the first 25 or so minutes, one on a kroc and one on a stingo pb & j. Ran around, looking for marks, stopping occasionally on some real good looking piles of fish, only to come up empty. This, unfortunately would be the pattern for the day for us.

We eventually worked our way to the S and went fishless for the next couple of hours. We decided to switch over to blackfish and made 2 drops on our S reef on 2 of my favorite pieces, only to have some bergall bites and just a few tog come up, with just 1 being a keeper taken by Jason @ 16". McCutch also landed a 12" seabass. Bottom was VERY cold, sinkers were ice cold and after an hour or so of struggling, we went back to bassin'.

We worked our way south, all the way to the piers, and found some more marks, but this time we found a couple more that wanted the krocs and got 2 more in the box - one on a DEADSTICKED kroc by Jason.  At 1 we decided to put the stretch plugs in to get some meat in the box and went up on the troll, boxing up a few more to 23# taken by Brian A.

Called it a day just after 3 after seeing no life on the ride back north - we wound up with the crew's 4 man limit of 8 bass; out of the 8 just one was "measureable" @ 31", the rest were in the 34-37" range with the big one going 23#. This sure wasn't the fishing everybody had the earlier part of the week, but we got some fish in the boat and had a real nice day on the water!
 
March 12th Update - ALMOST There!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 12 March 2012 17:49

Just a quick update... With the great weather we've had we've gotten a real jump on the pre-splash work over the last few weeks.  Kenny, Mike, and I have gotten A LOT accomplished and only have a few more jobs to do before we splash in a couple of weeks...  We have a new fridge to finish installing, and our new hauler is the next on the list... Outside of those 2 jobs, we just gotta paint the bottom as the zincs have been replaced and the wheels have been cleaned up for the long season ahead!

If you are interested in any dates for charter or open boat (our FTYP schedule is posted in the OB Forum) please give us a call or shoot us an email!

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