Over the weekend, I had return clients Mike Pollina, John Lucas, and John Krause on a 5hr Striped Bass charter. We started working some areas that we had fish the trip prior, but after an hour without a touch - we moved. The move paid off as the trio went 7 for 10 on Striped Bass 36 to 42 inches. Great job by the guys!
Today was a decent bite as I had return client Rich Sanborn and his son Ryan on a pre-Thanksgiving charter. We worked with another charter captain Mikey Villanova and got right on the fish as we got got a late start. The father and son duo ended going 8 for 11 with Striped Bass up to 38 inches. They kept 4 Stripers, including a 25-inch SBBP tagged bass and released the rest which averaged 32-34 inches. We worked close to the beach for the last few hours of trip to find some of the tag Bass, but unfortunately only had a few bites from Bluefish on live Spot. The guys had a great time and all of the Stripers were caught on the Mojo's and Bunker Spoons.
We had a relatively tough week as the Striped Bass bite has been very spotty. You have to put your time in trolling as there hasn't been the usually jetty bite or jig bite that we typically get. We worked areas as far north as the Axel Carlson, and we had some Tog but most were in the 14 to 14.5 inch range. Mike Pollina's charter scored a solid 25 pound bass, and then we finished the trip Tog fishing which Mike brought up a nice 8 to 9 pound Lobster which let go as it hit the surface. Another charter had short Tog and Striped Bass to 22 inches caught on the jig. We trolled for 3 hours without a touch, it seems the morning trips have had more action as they have been shutting down in the afternoon. It can only get better!
I had return client Paul Kaufman, his son Conrad, and friend Brian Fisola on a 5hr Striped Bass charter. With rather dirty water at the inlet, the crew opted to get on the troll in an area where we had them before. We pulled S&S Mojos and spoons and we went 2 for 2 with two nice 25-30 pound fish. With some time left, I hit a couple of choice snags and the Minn Kota trolling motor kicked ass again. We had a lot of Spiny Dogfish, some short Tog, and 3 keepers to 11 pounds. Great job by Paul for catching his personal best Tog! #MinnKotaNation
My mom and son were at the inlet as we rolled in from the yesterdays charter and they met us at the dock at Bobbies Boats in Barnegat Light. Luke wanted to go back out for Blackfish after my charter - how could I say No? So we turned and burned and used the Minn Kota trolling motor to spot-lock us on one snag. He had 5 fish before I could drop my rig in the water, and recorded his 10yr old personal best a solid 5 pound Tog. We ended with 14 fish released and had our limit on a 5 and 6 pounder in less than 1 hour. Luke did amazing for his first Togging trip!! #MinnKotaNation
Yesterday I had return clients Mike Galindo and his two boys Mason and Bennet on a 5hr charter. We made a quick stop at near the Lighthouse but had ripping tides, so we opted to head on the troll early as I received a few phone calls. We trolled for the next 3 hours, and finally were rewarded with a 20 pound Striper than Mason reeled in. With the bass on board and limited time left, the crew opted to end with Tog. We hit a couple of snags to catch a quick 4-man limit and Mike caught his personal best at 7.5 pounds. The Minn Kota trolling motor operated flawlessly allowing us to quickly move in 5 foot lengths on the snag. #MinnKotaNation
On Wednesday, I had return clients Doug Wainwright, Tim W., and Charles F. on a 5hr Striped Bass charter. We worked some areas along the inlet and boated a few Dogfish and one 24-inch tagged Striped Bass. With the tide dying out, we attempted a few close areas for Blackfish, but we were again plagued by turbid water. We moved further in the backwaters and the crew managed 8 more short Striped Bass. The guys did have a blast catching them on light-tackle. Again, it was another grind!!
Weather has been tough this week, but we did manage to get out. We started earlier in the week with return clients Dave Kashak, his son Chase, Jaime Scattoh and his son Max on a 5hr Striped Bass charter. It was a tough day, we had to grind quite a few areas. We worked the areas around the inlet, but it was a little sporty for the boys and then tried a few close snags for Blackfish. Unfortunately we couldn't get a bite due to dirty water. We headed in the backwaters and found some cooperative Stripers which we ended up keeping one tagged 24 inches. The crew ended with 10 Stripers all on live bait.
I took a quick trip this afternoon to do the new engine break in and also to get used to the Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. Fished with my Dad at a few close wrecks to catch close to 20 Blackfish and kept two 18-inchers for the table. We are still hashing out the correct Prop for the new engine, but I can not say enough about the Minn Kota Spot Lock function - it kept us right on the wrecks with solid 3 swells and 15-20knot winds. We also used it in the inlet with ripping current and it kept us dead-on!! It's funny when people from land are looking at you with a odd look as if "how are they staying there"... Bringing GoPro next time! #MinnKotanation
Trust me - I’m chomping at the bit to get back to what I love to do - FISHING!! We have been waiting for the new 250HP repower, but due to some shipping issues with the manufacturer it’s taking longer than expected. I’m hearing that the new engine should be installed and back in the water before Halloween. I have been dying to try out the new MINN KOTA trolling motor as I will most likely start running Sea Bass and Blackfish trips - not sure if going to start this season as I have to get my feet wet with the new trolling motor.
Most of my morning Striped Bass trips are booked, but I do have the following dates remaining. Early December is still open and we may stay in for Blackfish. The following time slots available for Striped Bass: 11/4 afternoon, 11/5 afternoon, 11/6 afternoon, 11/7 afternoon, 11/8 afternoon, 11/9 afternoon, 11/11 afternoon, 11/16 morning, 11/17 afternoon, 11/18 afternoon, Thanksgiving morning - 6-10am, 11/24 afternoon), 11/26 afternoon, 11/28 afternoon, 11/30 afternoon.
We have been out of the water for over a week - repowering with a new 250HP engine. During the hiatus, my dad and I have started mounting the MINN KOTA ULTERRA trolling motor with our custom bracket. It will definitely open up new wreck dwelling species, among other ones. Can't wait to SPOT-LOCK!! A huge shout out to Tyson Alvanos of Minn Kota, Nino Aversa, Phil Natale, and South Harbor Fishing for helping out. Pics to follow!!
It’s a little late, but recently I had return client Lou Sigilo with his college buddy John Murphy on a 4hr Bay & Inlet trip. We focused on Northern Puffers for the first few hours and the guys did an excellent job catching well over 140, keeping about 80 for the freezer. We attempted the inlet to go for some bluefish on metals and soft plastics, even though there were birds working, the swell and wave action was too unsafe. We worked some areas in the back with light tackle gear to catch a few different species (Bluefish, Sea Bass, etc).
It was a little tough fishing with the 5 to 6 foot swell, but return clients Matt Windover, his Uncle Tommy Barnett, and his friend Zac Davidson were able to put a few in the box. We worked a few wrecks within sight of Barnegat Lighthouse and the guys jigged up some nice Fluke, keeping 6 for the table. The S & S bucktails Rattletail bucktail tipped with Gulp baits was the ticket for the bigger fish. The guys ended with a 10 pounder, 8 pounder, 5.5 pounder, 2 fish at 22 inches, and a 19 inches. Awesome day despite the tough conditions! Zac did catch his personal best Fluke a solid 8 pounder! We tried out the Offshore Angler Frigate reel (4000) and it did a nice job on the bigger Fluke! #Gloomis #PureFishing #BassProshops #CostaDelMar
Late morning, I had return clients Doug Wainwright, his son Doug Jr., and family friend Tim on a 4hr Bay/Inlet trip. We started working for Fluke with live baits, but the water was very dirty. We moved around a few spots but could only find them to 16.5 inches, and a few small Bluefish. With about an hour left, we switched over to Blowfish and anchored in one of the areas. We had a good bite for the first 20 minutes, but it soon died out, even with heavy chumming. The guys ended catching 4 different species (Fluke, Bluefish, Blowfish, and Kingfish). It was slow to my standards, by the guys still had a blast. This was Tim’s first time ever fishing in NJ saltwater!
We had some rough weather last week and the bay has still been dirty which makes targeting Fluke in the inlet a little challenging. We haven’t been inshore due to the sea conditions, but I have a few trips booked the last day. Barnegat Bay does have a decent amount of Blowfish right now, so they are definitely an option the rest of September. We will be running afternoon trips during the week 230 to 630 for a variety of species (Bay/Inlet/Ocean), and have the ability to use our Striped Bass tags.
I’m hearing there are lots of False Albacore and some Bonita north around the Sandy Hook area, so we are primed to go for them in the next few weeks. Just received a large order from Hogy lures!!