2014 Reports

Saturday 11/22 Bass - End of Season Coming Soon
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 01 December 2014 04:28

Saturday 11/22:  Ran a full 6 man open boat trip today on the new boat. Having a full crew of 6 really is a difference in terms of fishing and personal space on that bigger boat as compared to the Albemarle [Smile] Ran down the line as per some intel we had and put the spoons out. Got one fish about 15 minutes in by TJ (his first bass ever) which was ~20#. Trolling after that really dried up for us but the birds came up and we put the jigs and shads on.

Had immediate action on AVA's and white shads, actually the first fish boated was a 30" keeper by Ryan. We did have several shorts, but the guys occasionally boated a keeper here and there.  One drift we banged 5, right in a row - all nice fish over 32" - but as soon as that came that dried up, so we went into search mode.

Ran down off IBSP and got a few more shorts on the jigs, but that was it. We then put out the trolling gear again and got one more nice fish by Vern (the wire on this fish broke, and we had to hand line it in - and it's time for me to rewire the rods!) - another nice fish ~15#.

Tried trolling/jigging a little more, but once that S wind really got cranking things were done for us. On one of the last drops we heard of a few fish caught on bucktails - so Ryan got a weird but familiar bite in on the beach on one of Larry's bucktails and lo and behold, he had a nice fluke (24.5"!) - we slipped the net under the fish snapped a few pics and released it. Fish was ~5# (the pic below doesn't do it justice).

Finished the day with 8 bass in the box to 20#, and 1 bluefish. We also had ~2 dozen shorts and the fluke that went back unharmed. Ryan was the start of the show with 12 bass on the jig, 3 of them being keepers, + the fluke. Real good day with a great crew - 4 new guys were great gentlemen! Thanks for coming down guys, enjoy the fish!!!

*On another note - Saturday's trip was most likely our last of the season - Clark's is shutting down (fuel pumps will be off after T-Giving and the ship store will be closed) so we will have to pull the plug... Boat will be going to its winter home the first weekend of December*
 
11/16 update --- Bass, and.... The New Reel Class!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 16 November 2014 20:29

11/16...  Well we finally closed on the NEW Reel Class - a classic 35' Henriques Maine Coaster.  This boat is TRULY a beast, and is a PERFECT 6 pack charter boat with all the amenities you could possibly want for doing the type of fishing that we do here in NJ.  Myself and webmaster Rod will be posting more pics of the new boat as well as specs for everyone to see - there are some posted right now in our photo gallery but there are many more coming :)

Fishing Report.  We've been out 3 times in the last 7 days.

Last Saturday (11/10) we ran our charter on Capt Dan's Megan Beth (because we were still working on the sale of the albermarle and the acquisition of the Henriques) -- fishing was HORRIBLE.  Not one bite nor a knockdown on the troll all day long.  Worst day we've had in quite a while!!

Yesterday, (11/15) Kenny and I ran the Henriques up from Barnegat Inlet - found loads of boats and plenty of bunker but few fish.

Today, 11/16, was our first REAL trip with the new boat and we did a half-morning trip with Larry, Fred, BIll and Ryan.  Left early, got back early.  LOADS of bunkers, LOADS of boats.  Ryan got our first bass on the new boat, a 24" that inhaled a whole bunker, and Fred got a nice 19#er and Bill got one around 17#.  Very nice morning, fishing was a bit slow but it was great shaking down the new boat!!!!

**We will be running a trip next Saturday, 11/22!***

 
 
10/25 Report - Bass to 31# and Good Bottom Fishing!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 27 October 2014 03:47
Had Dennis's charter today. Due to some engine issues w/ the current Reel Class, and still not possessing the NEW one, we had to fish the charter on another boat, so my neighbor, Capt Dan on the Megan Beth, was able to oblige.

Ran up the line looking for bass, put the trolling gear in - NG. Ran up further, heard of some fish being caught on bait, and got 3 nice fish right away (31#, 25#, ~15#). Also had a couple other run-offs but it quickly crapped out.

So, around 11:30, we headed to the bottom spot. Made 3 drops in the same general area, all w/ good life. Loads of short seabass, some keepers, plus 2 big triggerfish and 2 nice porgies. In 2.5 hours we had around 30 K's plus the triggers and porgies - not too bad!

For the day we had the 3 bass, ~30 keeper seabass, and the 2 triggers and 2 porgies. Real fun crew who fed us well all day, and were a blast to work with. Also, a special thanks goes out to Dan who once again came through for me when Reel Class was out of commission. It's great to have good friends & neighbors! Thanks again guys we'll see you again next year!
 
10/20 Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 20 October 2014 18:52

10/20 Update:

Still no BIG news yet :)  Although SIGNIFICANT progress on this has been made since 9/1 :)

Been blown out seemingly every weekend we had trips scheduled...   

With seabass open again, it's time to go full-bore.  Open boat schedule is updated - hoping the bass get here early November!!!

Call-text-email to reserve or inquire!
10/20 Update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 20 October 2014 18:52

10/20 Update:

Still no BIG news yet :)  Although SIGNIFICANT progress on this has been made since 9/1 :)

Been blown out seemingly every weekend we had trips scheduled...   

With seabass open again, it's time to go full-bore.  Open boat schedule is updated - hoping the bass get here early November!!!

Call-text-email to reserve or inquire!
 
9/1 Update - Fluke, Bluefish, Speedsters & Other Stuff!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:45

9/1 Update:

With the unofficial close to summer right here upon us, we will be going back to a weekend schedule only with some select weekdays through the fall (when Capt Allen is off from school!).

We finished the summer pretty strong with some decent fluke fishing, but also with some real stinkers in there also.  The last week of fluke fishing was a microcosm of our summer fluke fishing - INCONSISTENT!  Fred Monaco leads our seasonal pool with a 7# 7 oz. fish.

Offshore the bluefishing on the edge of the mudhole is what it should be - AWESOME.  Jumbo gator sized blues destroying chunks - we also had a 20# Pollock by Pete on Saturday's trip that ate a chunk.  Bonito, skipjack, small bluefins, and albies are roaming the high spots and we caught some also on Saturday.

We will be targeting fluke and bluefish/speedsters through the end of September, and if porgies show, we will be targeting them and blackfish.

Open boat trips for the next 2 months will be added in coming days - and pics are updated in the gallery!
 
8/20 Update - Fluke - Bottom Fish - Bonito
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 02:50

Sorry again for the delay in updating the page - we have been busy!

A quick summary of what's been going on:

Fluke fishing -- Still fair, some days are better than others with most trips seeing amount of keepers in the teens with big fish going between 5-7#.  We still haven't caught a big fish this year!

Bottom fishing -- ling fishing is slowing a bit, flounder are still around as are a few cod.  Sea bass fishing is good locally but you have to weed through LOADS of shorts to put a catch together.

Bonito -- best in years - we have been crushing them!!!

Bluefish -- hit or miss, but the rumor is big ones are in town even though we haven't targeted them.

**Gallery is updated with pics -- full detailed reports on FACEBOOK and NJFISHING.COM**
 
8/20 Update - Fluke - Bottom Fish - Bonito
Written by Capt.Allen   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 02:50

Sorry again for the delay in updating the page - we have been busy!

A quick summary of what's been going on:

Fluke fishing -- Still fair, some days are better than others with most trips seeing amount of keepers in the teens with big fish going between 5-7#.  We still haven't caught a big fish this year!

Bottom fishing -- ling fishing is slowing a bit, flounder are still around as are a few cod.  Sea bass fishing is good locally but you have to weed through LOADS of shorts to put a catch together.

Bonito -- best in years - we have been crushing them!!!

Bluefish -- hit or miss, but the rumor is big ones are in town even though we haven't targeted them.

**Gallery is updated with pics -- full detailed reports on FACEBOOK and NJFISHING.COM**
 
8/12 Update - Fluke, Bottom Fishing, Bluefish
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:05

8/12 Update:  Just a quick summary of what's been going on, as we've been VERY busy.

Bottom fishing is OK right now, with seabass fishing being pretty good, while ling fishing is slowing down a few clicks with smaller ling starting to filter into the deep water wrecks.  Still some flounder around, but our cod bite has slowed with the much warmer water.

Fluke fishing is generally OK also, with some days being real good (limits +) while others are still slow but finally we are seeing some nice fish come up.  August should be very good!

Bluefishing is still good, and the rumor in town now is the GATORS have shown up at one of our offshore spots so bluefish trips will be going there and targeting the monsters.  I'm sure the albies, skippies, and other things that swim with the blues out there will be filtering in soon also.

Mahi fishing is pretty good also on the pots - depends on where you fish and the conditions but most pots in the nearby deep have mixed sized mahi on them.

GALLERY AND OPEN TRIPS HAVE BEEN UPDATED!
 
7/13 update
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 05:35

7/13 Update...

Bottom fishing in the DEEP has been EXCELLENT with good catches of cod to 30#, loads of ling, and plenty of jumbo winter flounder to 3.5# rounding out the catches...  Friday 7/11's trip was a real good day, as we had a load of ling (almost 200), plus 4 keeper cod and 8 flounder...  Thursday 7/10's trip was a lot more cod - 15 keepers to the 30#er plus a half dozen flounder and some ling...  Fishing is good!!  Our next bottom trip is Thursday, 7/17.

**Pics in gallery!**
 
7/1 Update - Threshers, Bottom Fishing, Fluke
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 06:26

Quick Update and One Detailed Report:

*Bottom fishing continues to be generally good with ling, seabass and winter flounder rounding out the catches.

*Fluke fishing is hit or miss - all about conditions!  This will get better!!

*Shark fishing is very good right now - threshers, browns, and mako's way offshore are supplying the action...

315# Thresher Sunday 6/29/14:

Had a 3 man crew of long time regulars - Doc, Ryan, Bill with Kenny and I for a thresher trip today. This trip has been in the works for over a week as Kenny has been busting my chops for years, so we blocked out today, Sunday, for this trip. With the help of our good friends Freddy Gamboa, Dan McGivney, and John Meisenbacher (all great neighbors at Clark's!) we were geared up and off we went at 6:30.

Got to our area around 7:45, got the chum bucket in, hung some carcasses (thanks Deane!) and went up on the drift. 45 minutes later, the 60' rod starts screaming, a jumbo thresher leaps and the fight is on. Kenny got a great hookset, and Bill took the rod, the fish sizzled line for a good few minutes, then settled down.

At this point, I was like, "OK, we'll have this fish in a half hour, and we'll be cleaned up and home by noon." I was VERY wrong. LOL

When that fish settled, the battle was on. This was one incredibly stubborn fish - it was like battling a Volkswagen. We'd get 40' on the fish, it would get back 41'. We slugged it out for 3 and a half hours with everyone battling the fish at least a dozen times, and finally, after a third time at boatside, we had the double line and leader at boatside. Doc leadered the fish, Bill was on the rod, Ryan had the gaff for the tail, and Kenny had the flyer. Kenny stuck the fish perfectly with the flying gaff, and basically at that point (11:30ish), it was over. We got the fish boatside, gaffed the tail, did a double tail rope, and then swung the beast through the door.

315#. Biggest damn fish I've ever seen. For a died in the wool bottom and bass fisherman like me, this is one heck of an accomplishment. Very memorable day with great friends - we have meat for weeks and memories for a lifetime! Thanks again guys for coming out - GREAT teamwork paid off!!!!

 

**Pics in gallery from all recent trips**

***Open boat page is UPDATED with some new trips added!!***
 
6/19 Update - Good Bottom Fishing - Fluking Improving
Written by Capt.Allen   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:12

Very quick update!

Seabass and ling fishing LOCALLY has slowed, however off the beach ling and seabass fishing has improved GREATLY and spiced in with the ling and bass are JUMBO winter flounder... We've done a couple of trips - check out the pics!

And, although we haven't done it yet, fluke fishing is improving DRAMATICALLY.  The last few days has seen a major improvement in the fishing and it will only get better!

Check out the pics in the gallery!
 
6-8 Weekend Wrap-Up -- Good Bottom Fishing!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 09 June 2014 04:05
Saturday 6/7: Had Warren n crew on for a seabass/ling trip. Stayed local all day. Picked away. Loads of short seabass but enough keepers to keep it interesting along with some ling and about a dozen tog that had to go back. Wound up with a box full of seabass to 2# and around 2 dozen ling. About 70-75 total for the day.

Sunday 6/8: Had Dick's charter on for another bottom trip, and if bassin' was good we'd do that. We stuck with the bottom critters all day. Locally life was slow so we went looking offshore. Tried 80' - NG, tried 100' NG, had some life at 120' but it was mostly bergalls, a few big seabass and a nice 25" cod, but in 230' we had a nice pick of mixed size ling, with the biggest being the biggest ling I've ever seen at an even 5#! We then ran back inshore and tried a few more drops around 130' but it was NG, so the we went back to our local spot where we started and, yup, you guessed it, the fishing turned on and we had a wild seabass bite the last 45 minutes boxing up about 2 dozen more seabass. Finished with an even mix of seabass and ling in the box, plus one keeper cod. In total we had about 75 fish total in the box for the day - definitely less seabass Sunday than Saturday. Overall a great day with another awesome crew!
 
Sunday 6/1 Report - Slow AM Bassin
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 04:05
Had John Kuhles and crew again on today for a bass trip in the morning/early afternoon.

Got our bait easy just north of our inlet, then it was off to the Asbury - Monmouth beach stretch. Read loads of fish out in the deep and in near the pods, had loads of bait present - only trick was getting the fish to bite and commit.

Some pickups, some bluefish bite offs, some quick runoffs - that was it - Kenny decked the only bass of the day a nice 20# fish mid-day just drifting and dreaming out in the deep.

We did have a few more bites inshore to finish up the day in the pods, but couldn't connect.

Very tough day!
 
Sunday 6/1 Report - Slow AM Bassin
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 04:05
Had John Kuhles and crew again on today for a bass trip in the morning/early afternoon.

Got our bait easy just north of our inlet, then it was off to the Asbury - Monmouth beach stretch. Read loads of fish out in the deep and in near the pods, had loads of bait present - only trick was getting the fish to bite and commit.

Some pickups, some bluefish bite offs, some quick runoffs - that was it - Kenny decked the only bass of the day a nice 20# fish mid-day just drifting and dreaming out in the deep.

We did have a few more bites inshore to finish up the day in the pods, but couldn't connect.

Very tough day!
 
5/19 Update - Cod/Pollock Blues & Bass!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Monday, 19 May 2014 20:17

Bass and blue fishing slowed after Friday's blow, but things rebounded a bit by Sunday as some fish were trolled.

Our report:

Saturday - Slow day with Jean's charter for bass and bluefish.  Had just a handful of bluefish but no bass - ran all the way to Raritan Bay... Overall very slow day!

Sunday - Had John Kuhles charter on today for a mixed bag.

Left early at first light, made bait south of our inlet, worked the pods, but had no takers. Bunkers looked nervous but NG.

Then ran offshore for cod/Pollock. Bounced around some different pieces till we finally found a few. Nice pick of mixed sized cod and nicer Pollock before the screaming SOUTH current halted our fishing. We also had a couple of 15" seabass that had to go back on the teasers [Frown] Once the south current kicked in, we didn't have a single bite. All cod and Pollock were caught on ava's and stingo's ahead of twister teasers - no bait [Smile]

Back inshore we went up on the troll for bass, but didn't have a knockdown. Overall a good day with a few nice Pollock in the box as well as some nice cod - not red hot fishing but had a couple every drift with shorts and keepers before it shut off. Biggest cod was ~15# and biggest Pollock was also ~15# - both taken by John!

 

PICS IN GALLERY
 
5/12 Update - Bass & Bluefish Finally Here!!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:02

Here's the 5/12 Report from Capt Kenny:

Last minute 3-man charter today - FINALLY got into some bass!!

Started early, ran up the beach at first light looking for bunker locally to no avail. We then ran way up, found some bait, and finally found loads of life, but no bunker to throw the net on or snag, so we wound up putting out the plugs and went up on the troll. Troll bite was crazy as bluefish were immediately all over the plugs and spoons, with a bass here and there mixed in.

Got a call from my buddy in a super-fast center console that he was in a sick bite on the beach, so off we went. As we approached 30' depths fish were blowing up so we broke out the poppers and storm shads and had wild fishing for almost an hour with the occasional bass and loads of bluefish.

Once that died, we went back up on the troll and finished off the limit with a few more bass. Most of the bass were 12-15#, biggest went ~25# taken by Rob. Great day, lots of clean releases on fish and the guys kept their limit for the grill tonight. The best part was hearing Allen complain all day that he wasn't on the boat. Priceless! hahaaa

-Capt Kenny

(PS with the bass in town now - we are now sailing DAILY!)

**Saturday 5/10's trip was cancelled due to weather - weather that never showed!!!  We didn't have a trip on Sunday, Mother's Day...**

In other news, while Capt Kenny was crushing the bass on the boat, Capt Allen found some time to hit the beach as bluefish finally invaded the area - basically Seaside to Lavalette was inundated with 3-15# bluefish -- all fish were taken on top water which led to some simply awesome fishing for lots of local guys who were dying all winter to get into something out front.  There were fish caught all the way up to the Manasquan Inlet and up into Spring Lake also.   

-Capt Allen
 
5/12 Update - Bass & Bluefish Finally Here!!!!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:02

Here's the 5/12 Report from Capt Kenny:

Last minute 3-man charter today - FINALLY got into some bass!!

Started early, ran up the beach at first light looking for bunker locally to no avail. We then ran way up, found some bait, and finally found loads of life, but no bunker to throw the net on or snag, so we wound up putting out the plugs and went up on the troll. Troll bite was crazy as bluefish were immediately all over the plugs and spoons, with a bass here and there mixed in.

Got a call from my buddy in a super-fast center console that he was in a sick bite on the beach, so off we went. As we approached 30' depths fish were blowing up so we broke out the poppers and storm shads and had wild fishing for almost an hour with the occasional bass and loads of bluefish.

Once that died, we went back up on the troll and finished off the limit with a few more bass. Most of the bass were 12-15#, biggest went ~25# taken by Rob. Great day, lots of clean releases on fish and the guys kept their limit for the grill tonight. The best part was hearing Allen complain all day that he wasn't on the boat. Priceless! hahaaa

-Capt Kenny

(PS with the bass in town now - we are now sailing DAILY!)

**Saturday 5/10's trip was cancelled due to weather - weather that never showed!!!  We didn't have a trip on Sunday, Mother's Day...**

In other news, while Capt Kenny was crushing the bass on the boat, Capt Allen found some time to hit the beach as bluefish finally invaded the area - basically Seaside to Lavalette was inundated with 3-15# bluefish -- all fish were taken on top water which led to some simply awesome fishing for lots of local guys who were dying all winter to get into something out front.  There were fish caught all the way up to the Manasquan Inlet and up into Spring Lake also.   

-Capt Allen
 
5/3 Update - Shakedown and Local Fishing
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 08:41

It's hard to believe I'm writing my FIRST report of the season on May 3rd, but that's what it is after this brutal winter.  We put the boat in last week (4/28) and brought her right up to Clark's.

Today's trip (Saturday 5/3) for all intents and purposes was a shakedown but we went out looking to kill some fish - so few guys have been trying ocean-side I figured we'd do some recon and try to be the ones to make that first good report of ocean caught fish in our neighborhood. Ocean was gorgeous, flat calm but water temps were 46-48* and there was loads of debris in the water -- water was generally clean.

We wound up running up the line and found some very scattered bait readings in the deep, near the line, and put out the trolling gear... We made our way up to SRI/Asbury area but for the entire stretch, we didn't even get a single touch on the rigs/spoons/plugs. We did this for a portion of the morning before calling it quits.

Needless to say things are VERY slow in our area, however a few warm sunny days will get that ocean temp up, the bait more concentrated, and hopefully the bass into town. Better days are ahead!

***Our FIRST open boat trip will be Saturday 5/10 - the open boat page has all upcoming open boat dates listed!  For the most part, the rest of the spring's weekends are booked, but we will be sailing a few open boat trips prior to July 4th weekend.***
 
Mid-March Update!
Written by Capt.Allen   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:34

Just a quick update after our never-ending winter...

We're hoping to be back in the water by Mid-April.  Right now we've been able to do just a little maintenance because of the weather, and hope to get ahead of the game by next weekend.  

We will be fishing for whatever is available when we start - be it bass, tog, ling & cod, flounder - SOMETHING - just to get the rods bent after this horrendously cold and snowy winter!

As an FYI - We are also accepting PayPal now!!  

We've also refreshed some pics on the front page, thanks to Rod at NJ Outdoors Media, and have some new pics up throughout the site.

For those of you I saw at the Point Pleasant Fisherman's flea market a few weeks back with Larry of "Hooked on Bucktails" - it was good seeing you guys!!!  (The link to Larry's bucktails is on our sponsor page)

Next update when we are getting close to splashing, until then, stay warm and think spring!!!

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