Thursday through Sunday's actio

End of the week was busy and didn't have time to update. We managed to pick anywhere between 1 and 5 keepers through Saturday.
Sunday's trip: The Ocean bite was a little challenging yesterday with strong current and fast drift. I had return clients Matt Windover, Charles, Mike Windover and Tom Barrett had to contend with a very slow pick managing one keeper at 21 inches and a 20-in Tog. Without the MinnKota, probably would've needed 3 drift socks. In total, I ran some 25 miles, but it was just not in the cards and that's probably the worst feeling as a charter captain as I always strive to get fish.

Wednesday's charter

I had return client Bob Cipolla and his son Chris on a 5hr Ocean charter and we started in the bay as we waited out a T-storm with lots of lightening. Once far enough offshore, we worked our way out to the grounds and worked the area thoroughly. They caught their 2-man limit with a decent amount of throwbacks. Chris thought he was hooked on a decent Fluke, but it ended up being a Cutlassfish. Afternoon trip was cancelled due to the winds.

Tuesday's charters

Today I had a double trip with the morning 4hr bay charter with new clients Matt Varhley, Barry Louchemier, Bob Kelly, Kevin Kelly, and Scott Oliveria. We worked hard and had a wet morning with some unexpected weather, but the crew worked hard to put 5 fish in the box with a nice 24.5 incher. 

In the afternoon, I had return clients Tom Dillon, Micheal Kelly, and Kieran Brennan on the 4hr afternoon charter. We had to dodge some weather with T-storms, but the crew managed to box 5 nice keepers to 23 inches before the trips end. Great job by both crews today!!

Monday's charter

I had Jack Thompson, his father John, sister Misha Melches and Mark Melches on a 4hr bay charter. We worked a few areas closer to the inlet and the foursome caught over 30 Fluke keeping 2 nice Fluke for the table. 81yr old John caught the high hook with a solid 23 incher and it was a well deserved bday Fluke. They did have 5 that were very close to 18 inches. Great job!!

A few days off the water - back at it on Monday!!

I literally have only had 2 days off since the end of the school year, as I have been chartering everyday. We took a mini-vacation to see some baseball and sites in Baltimore, MD. Hanging with the fishes today - National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Even at the aquarium - it's nice to see Fluke close to structure. Wishing I could throw a line tipped with a bucktail down there!!

Good fishing today - 4 solid keepers

I had Nick Scolaro in family from Clark, NJ on a 4hr charter and we targeted some of the same areas as the day before, but the fish were a little reluctant on the bite. We ended on moving around a bunch and the crew picked 4 solid keepers (22.5, 21, 20, 19) and a 12 inch puffer. They did release a few puffers and a good number of Fluke approaching 17.5 inches. NICE JOB!!

1 shy of yesterday's total, but 7 keeps still solid _ Barnegat Bay action

I had new clients Rick Carlucci, his two boys Dan (14) and Dominick (15), and his father Bob C. on a 4hr bay charter. We worked some areas with a few different baits and new lures by S&S bucktails. The crew released over 35 fish putting 7 nice keepers in the cooler (18, 18.5, 19.5, 20, 20, 21, 22). The 14yr old Dan had the high hook with 3 nice keeps. Great job again. The trolling motor performed outstanding keeping us on a few isolated edges where the fish were concentrated. #MinnKotaNation #SeeWhatsOutThere #TeamSSBucktails #PureFishing #PennReels

Good day Fluking shallow water

I had return clients Tom Dillon and his son Tommy along with neighbors Raul Carmelo and his son Rauley on a 4hr bay trip. Tommy is Villanova bound this Fall and Rauley will be attending Rider University, so the trip was a special trip for the father and sons. We started working some shallow areas and picked up a few fish. As the tide changed, it was game on with the crew boxing 8 keepers to 5 pounds releasing about 50 fish.

Early week trips

Early in the week, I had new client Joe Lakawicz & family on a 4hr bay trip. We continued to work some of the same areas of the past few days and the crew released about 25 Fluke with 3 nice keepers (22, 20, 19). 

Next, I had return client Raj Nichani, his wife Debbie and two daughters Priya (10) and Pasha (7) on a 2hr Blowfish trip. This was the 1st trip for the girls targeting Blowfish in Barnegat Bay and they quickly got the hang of it with the family keeping over 25 for the table. They also caught Sea Bass, Bluefish, and juvenile croaker.

Weekend charter

Yesterday I had new clients Adam Lustberg and his father in law Sean H. on a 4hr bay charter. We worked a few areas and the pair found 2 nice keeper Fluke (18.5 & 20 in). They had over 25 fish with some being 1/4 to 1/8 inch shy of 18 inches. We switched over to Blowfish for the remaining hour and they boxed 45 to 10 inches. Awesome day on the water!!

6 trips the last 3 days - no time to update!! (9lb Bay Doormat this week)

Over the hot weekend, my son had a travel baseball tournament in PA so I was not on the water. Weather was questionable on Monday and not good on Tuesday, so we ran doubles the rest of the week. The last few days I have been busy running 2 trips per day (6 trips in 3 days) - it was a tougher week as we had more outgoing water than incoming. Fluke fishing the bay was tough, but we grinded through averaging 25 to 45 Fluke per trip. This week the trolling motor was a major asset allowing us to pick keepers when others were going the wrong way. I love the looks we get from other anglers when the trolling motor is in action. Most of the trips had 3 keepers and we did land a 9 pound doormat in the Barnegat Bay on a S&S Bigeye bucktail tipped with fresh bait. We also ran a sole Blowfish trip where we boxed 221 and a combo Fluke/Blowfish trip boxing 55 in 40 minutes. #MinnKotaNation#TeamSSbucktails #PennReels #StCroixrods #GLoomis #PureFishing

Ended with week with a pick - Heavy rain, Full Moon, and South winds (bad combo)

I had new client Mark Janiec and his buddy Nate Stone on a 4hr charter. They were referred to me by Capt. Greg Cudnik of FHQ, so a big thank you. We worked a variety of areas trying to find cooler water and feeding fish. The guys worked the S&S Bigeye jigs to release close to 40 fish keeping two for the table (18, 19). We had a few that were about 1/4in shy of keeping, but they lived to swim another day. The rain, moon phase, and temperature swings definitely has the keepers in a very small bite window. Back at it on Monday - when it's cooler!

Late week charters - Lots of shorts with 2-3 keepers

The last two days completed some required maintenance in the afternoons so only ran morning trips.

I had return client Mike G. and his two boys Ethan and Nate on a 4hr bay charter. This is the family's traditional bay Fluke trips and they landed over 55 Fluke with 3 solid keepers to 5 pounds and a lone blue. 11yr old Nate caught the biggest at 23 inches.

Next, I had new clients Mike Duus of Tennessee with his parents Bob and Judy of South Jersey. We worked quite a few areas trying to find the right water temperature for keepers and 70yr old Bob stuck two keeps at 19 and 18.25. They released over 50 Fluke and kept two cocktail Blues that hit our offerings. Nice Job!!

Viggiano charter - 4 keeper Fluke about 55 released

I had new clients Chris Viggiano, his brothers Mike and John, son Conner, and son-in-law Joe on a 5hr bay charter. We had great tide today and the guys worked some new areas - the trolling motor proved it's weight in gold as we had no wind and created our own drift. The family boated over 55 fish keeping 4 nice keepers for the table (18.5, 19, 19.5, 20 in). Great job - see you guys next year!! A big thank you to retired charter captain Jack Shea!! #TeamSSbucktails, #MinnKotaNation, #PureFishingGulpPenn

Monday's Double

Double trips yesterday, I had return clients PJ Iacoviello, Anthony Pugliese, Chris Pagala, and Vinny Lagaia on a 4hr bay charter. The guys worked extremely hard and released close to 40 Fluke keeping 3 solid ones for the table (19, 20, 21). The afternoon was a lot tougher on keepers as the full moon tides had return client Tom Barnett, his son Jacob, and friend Noah Walsh releasing over 40 Fluke with only 1 lone keeper (18in). The boys did also hook up on skate, sea robin, bluefish, and sea bass - lots of action but tough on keepers.