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12/22/09 - FISH HEAD - Blackfish LIMIT Reached Report
Made it out today in blustery conditions. The weatherman was right but it wasn't so bad... cold and swingy. I wish I could have fished deeper but the weather wouldn't let me in my boat. - either way... we had a good day. We had our 3 man limit in about 4 hours of fishing and released a dozen or so fish. All quality fish, maybe 10 that were short the rest did not need to be measured. Whites and greenies worked but bigger fish on the white leggers... (thanks King)!!! It was good to get out and the togs are chewin... if you can get out on a party boat that can get to the depths where the 'good fish' are... GO NOW!!!
For the third trip in a row we found many of the blackfish spitting up ling and stomachs packed with baby ling. I have never seen this before - anyone else seen this ever? Sent one down with a hook but nothin.
Heading out of town tomorrow...I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!!!
12/19/09 - FISH HEAD - Last Shot at the Stripers
Had John and Tom out yesterday morning for a light tackle catch and release bass trip. We started early in the frigid cold. Looked where I saw fish on Thursday but they were gone. We spent a good part of the morning looking and finally found some life to the south. (thanks for the call Capt. Gene Shore Catch) Finally around noon they started to chew. We had solid action mostly on Tsunami shads and Krocs. Total for the day was about 18 fish with some good quality, spunky, healthy fish (all released). They love the tsunami shads - many of the fish had the lure in the mouth but not the hook... they just would not let go of the things. Sorry - don't have may pictures but heres a few.
9/1/09 - FISH HEAD - Inshore Light Tackle Action
Sorry for the delayed post but was able to make it out to the inshore grounds twice last week and on Sunday. Over the course of the week we went to battle with light tackle on the inshore pelagics. Over the 3 days of fishing we boated and/or released 10 Yellowfin (all about 15-20lbs) 2 short bluefin, all the albies and skippies you could imagine, 5 gaffer mahi's, a few triggers, 4 cow nose rays, a brown shark and a black tip. Numerous other mystery bites and pulled the hook on 1 nice fish. On Sunday we did not catch any YFT they may have scattered after the blow. All the action was within 20 miles and on bait and jigs, a few on the troll but the light tackle action on the drift was more fun!! All on light spinning gear with braid and small conventional tackle. What a blast!! I hope the good fishing continues after the blow!!
8/16/09 - LOWRIDER - Durkin Offshore Canyon Charter Daytroll
We had Matt Durkin with his dad, his brother and a couple of friends out for a Canyon Daytroll .Left the inlet @ 12:30am and had one of the best rides out in recent memory. After setting out the spread a White whacked the ballyhoo and with a dropback never came tight. After an uneventful morning we finally got a bite and put an 80lb YFT in the boat. Later in the afternoon we came tight on our second which was 60lbs. The water and amount of life that was there was some of the best Ive seen in years. Right before we were gonna pull em in our spreadeder bar got crushed by a much larger tuna and never came tight but what a show that fish put on!! All in all a tough day on the troll but the guys made the bites we got count by putting them in the boat,Thanks! Total 2for2 on nicer YFT and missed 1 White. Thats Canyon fishin!
8/9/09 - LOWRIDER - Komoroski Overnight Canyon Charter
We had Chet his brother and 3 friends out to the Hudson for an overnighter. We got there Sat afternoon to see 70+ boats on the troll, everyone lookin for a Bigeye. The PM troll was uneventful for us and we went on the chunk for the night. We had a flurry of action around 4:30 AM, and went 5 for 6 on yellowfin: 3 on the jigs and 2 on the chunks up to 55 lbs. In the morning we had our first bite in the dark while we were letting out our bird - it was a 20-25 lbs longfin. Later in the afternoon we put a 20 lbs Mahi in the boat and had a White window shopping but wouldn't eat. After releasing several more yellowfin we headed towards home,unfortunatly there was no Bigeye bite for us!On the way home we slid in to the Glory Hole and put a 55lbs Bluefin in the boat. We couldn't manage an over 47 inches, so we called it a day. Total was 3 YFT to 55 lbs, 1 LFT, 1-55 lb BFT, and a 20 lbs Mahi. We had an excellent time and can't wait to see these guys back in October.
8/8/09 - FISH HEAD - Bluefin Tuna Report
Fished Saturday on the bluefin tuna grounds. What a nice day with tons of boats but some tough fishing! Trolled most of the day, tried jigging and chunking. Managed one good size bluefin on the troll.
8/2/09 - LOWRIDER - Mark Kratter Tilefish/ Bluefin Charter
We had Mark Kratter his son Lou and his friend Danny out for a trip on Sunday.I talked them in to leaving a litle later and trying for some Bluefin on the way out Tile fishing.We slid in around 6am and by 730 or 800 we were headed to the Hudson after going 4 for 5 on 50lb class Bluefin.They didnt want to stay and try for an over so we left.Once in the Canyon we ended up with about 20 or so Tiles and I had a great time watching the electric reels do there thing.Everyone had a blast and we even got a fire works show from mother nature on the way home ! Thunder storm style!! Thanks again guys.
8/1/09 - LOWRIDER - Traugh Keller Bluefish Charter
We had Traugh his sons and afew of thier friends out for there first Bluefish trip.It started off alittle slow than picked up a bit.We ended up keeping a few Bluefish ,a couple of Sea Bass and a trigger fish to end a rather short trip ,and released several small Sea Bass that couldnt pass up Bunker chunks!It was a lot of fun watching some of these kids catch thier first fish!Cant wait to get them back and watch them progress.Thanks again guys!
8/1/09 - FISH HEAD - Ruzck Family Charter Bottom Fishing
Saturday had Michele Ruzck, Sal and the kids Anthony and Jarrod on board for an afternoon trip. Fluking was slow so we achored up on some wrecks and bottom fished. Caught some sea bass (many shorts), blackfish, and various other bottom dwellers. Tried for some sharks in the bunker schools to no avail. Overall a great day on the water. Everyone did a great job bending rods, had a blast, and went home with some good eats!!
7/26/09 - FISH HEAD - Bluefin Report (2 Cherries Popped)
Saturday - had Fast Freddy and his buds Joel and Sesh out sniffin for some tunas. First bluefin for Joel and Sesh! We went 3 for 3 - kept 1 released 2 all fish were 43-44" many bluefish bites and A LOT of traffic made trolling tough. Overall great day. Went back out Sunday and looked inshore - seas were angry but bearable - no life, no bait, bad water, no fish on the inshore mud hole grounds. Still good to get out and look!!
7/23/09 - FISH HEAD - Finally Some Bluefin (Weekend Recap)
Sun - Made it out to the bluefin grounds with the 'all star' crew - rough ride out on Sunday - lines in for 5 minutes and WHAM! first fish on (bally/islander) - didnt know how the fishing would be so we kept it (44 inches) which gave us our under fish. Lines out again fish on again...same class fish. ended up going 4 for 6 on the troll (keeping 1) but never got one over 47 inches. Got another 1 on the jig and lost a screamer on the troll. Hopefully the fishing holds up!!! Fish was gorged with sand eels and there was a ton of bait out there!! FINALLY!! No pics but got some cool video of tail grabing and releaseing 40-50 lb bluefin.
Mon - Had the Doug Friend Charter. Doug, his dad and cousin got together to do some fluking - Fluking was HORRIBLE -spinning drift -few shorts and trash fish - after 3 hrs, we anchored on a wreck and put together a decent catch of sea bass and ling. Rods were bent and they all had a blast and went home with a nice bag of fish!
Can't wait to get back out for the bluefin!!!
7/14/09 - LOWRIDER - Ed Emde Family and Friends Fluke Charter
Had long time customer Ed Emde out for a fluke trip with his family and a couple of his friends.We fished through about 30 fluke most between 17 and 17.75 inches to put 4 keepers in the boat along with a few sea Bass .There was alot of action and alot of releasin' going on.Let me tell you the girls held thier own!All in all it was a ton of fun wathing little Ed put it to the fish inbetween naps that is..haha cant wait to get the family back out ! Ed see you on an upcoming Canyon Trip.Thanks for an enjoyable day on the water
7/5/09 - LOWRIDER - Open Boat Canyon Daytroll
Had the Baltimore Fisherman on board with Mike Fernandez out on our 1st Canyon Open boat trip. The action started fast with hook ups before we had the spread out. We had several multiples and a few singles they were on everything form ballyhoos to green machines and evrything in between. I think the end toal was either 15 for 20 or 10 for 15 we lost count the only problem wa sthey were all shorts. All in all it was a good day with alot of action and eventhough I was on the bridge all day trying to find afew more I had a great time with Brian, Leroy & Mike.Thanks for a great day guys! Better fish started to move in so it should just get better from here on out.
6/29/09 - FISH HEAD - Sharking Weekend Recap
Sat - (Lowrider) Fished Mako Mania and Fever with Capt. T. Nice day - no drift. 3 for 3 on sharks 1 blue, 1 big brown, 1 Mako 100lb (released) Nothin for the scales.....but had a blast!!
Sun. (Fish Head) Had Mark Meltzer and Darren DeGennaro out for a shark trip. This was thier first time fishing for sharks and they were excited to catch....Pressures on!....Started the day in pefect sharking conditions but it was rough and nasty out of the NE but we kept running. 1st run off was a good one which ate a whole skipjack, battled for 10 minutes and came undone.....OUCH!! Got the bait back shredded but never had a good hook in him. Mark and darren each went to battle with blue sharks and did a fine job. Got them to the boat took pics and released. 2 for 3 for the day on sharks and kept busy with bluefish.
6/28/09 - LOWRIDER - Fillepe Bass Charter
Had Fillepe and the boys out Sunday night for a bass trip.We were greeted by a SE wind when we broke the Inlet and it never stopped.After making bait which was small scattered pods we drifted a few spots had a couple of bunker come back scaled. The marks were few and far between but we finally managed to put one in the boat about 30lbs.After a Bluefish invasion we ended up with one for the night.Tough day but thats fishin'Looking forward to fishing with these guys again.Time to head east...Canyon trips are starting Friday night with the Baltimore Boys up to bat!
6/13/09 - FISH HEAD - SJ Shark Tournament FAT CAT Wins "Big Fish" 590lbs Thresher
I had the pleasure of fishing the South Jersey Shark tournament aboard the FAT CAT with Capt Steve King. Our crew has fished together in this for 3 years and this was our year!!! Day 1 we released 2 small makos. Day 2 was slow for us until about 2:45 when a rod went off and didn't stop. Billy B was the angler (could not have a better guy on the rod). Everybody had their job and did it well. At about 4:15 the fish showed itself boatside and we showed it a flying gaff and slug. After figuring out how to boat a fish of that size we had to RUN to the barn to make the wiegh in by 7:30 in FOGGY conditions. The fish hit the scales and the crowd roared as the we took first place with 20 minutes left in the tournament. FAT CAT wins the South Jersey Shark Tournament!!!!!! Awesome time, great boat, crew, tournament and people!!! Congrats to Freddy N and the crew of Screaming Reels for taking the blueshark category!
6/13/09 - LOWRIDER - James Bailey Shark Charter 20 for 24 on Sharks
We had the James Bailey charter out Sharkin in the Brett Shark Bailey Tournament on Sat. We set up on the drift in clean blue/green water and after about an hour we hooked up our 1st of 20 Blue sharks we landed up to about 250Lb they were all over 200 and not very happy to be hooked! Around 230 we hooked the right one and after getting ready to start the boat she came un glued! An hour later we hooked up again on a good fish fought it for about 20 min it went under the boat an cut us off. All and and all a GREAT DAY sharking!!! No qualifing Makos were weighed in the Tournament. Congrats to Nicky on the Benchmark for a real nice Thresher!! Oh yeah big Props to Fishhead and the Fat Cat crew!
6/9/09 - FISH HEAD - Bass Switch Turned On For Us (Recap)
SUNDAY - Had Herbert and Rong come all the way from upstate NY to catch a striper - (switch was off). Read them good although traffic made them shut down - we bent the rods on some bluefish and switched over to bottom fishing. Put together a catch of sea bass and ling and kept them out a little longer to try for a bass bite when traffic cleared (thanks Rob on the Miss Fitz) for the bunker!! Overall a great day and these guys were a great pleasure to have aboard. It was Rong's first time fishing and Herbert's first time in 20 years in the ocean.
MONDAY (magic hours trip)- Had Joe R and his 9 year old son Michael out again. Joe and Michael are famous on our website and business cards with a classic photo of Joe holding 2 bass bigger than Mike. Well Michael got bigger and so did the bass!! (The switched turned on for us) We had our limit and released many more. I think the total was 11 to 38lbs 43 inches. A day for the books!! Classic bass conditions NE wind, rain, fog, no traffic = Fish
6/4/09 - FISH HEAD - Atlantic Taxidermy Striped Bass Charter
Yesterday had Joe from Atlantic Taxidermy up from Florida to show his work to some local captains. Joe has samples of his work on his truck and he is touring the Northeast fishing hot spots. Being from Florida, Joe has not fished for stripers. Our time was limited so we made a quick run out the inlet before our meeting and caught and released a couple of nice bass. Thanks to all that participated in last nights event! Joe - congrats on your first striper...nice job!!
6/1/09 - FISH HEAD - Weekend Recap
Friday = had John and Ollie out for an evening bass live bait trip - boated 3 missed a few more and released 1 Saturday = Had Gary and brother Freddy from the left coast out live lining. again had a good bite going at dark boated 3 fish and missed quite a few but the action was memorable with fish boiling and chasing baits all over The fish were not the quality ones we saw last week but fun fishing and great guys to have aboard!!
5/31/09 - LOWRIDER - John Werbeck Charter
We had John Werbeck and crew out Sunday evening looking to bend the rods.We got into some good size Bluefish until the traffic died down. After it quieted down we managed to put a few bass in the boat and lose a few also...But at the end of the evening we managed to put a catch together, not the bigger fish that we had last week but some good eaters..Everyone had agreat time and cant wait to take these guys to the Canyon!
5/26/09 - FISH HEAD - Memorial Day Weekend Re-cap Bass and Bottom
Weekend recap - Friday - Had the crew from Sanofi Aventis out for the fourth annual trip. Bass fishing was non existant so we hit some wrecks for bottom dwellars. A few nice cod some shorts and a pick of sea bass. Tough day fishing but rods were bent and they had a blast. Saturday/Sunday -bottom fishing for sea bass - but had to work hard to put together a catch - 1 keeper fluke and some blackfish (released) Monday - Striper fishing with the Pyskatty family - the kids crushed the bass on live bait - nothing better than seeing them reel in these big fish. 8 fish to 35lbs
5/25/09 - LOWRIDER - Ed Emde Charter
We had regulars out on Monday, Ed Emde and friends and we were laughing from the minute they hit the dock!We broke the inlet and filled the tank with bunker .Fishing the livies was uneventful so we were up on the troll with the Spoons a pulled the hook on two nice fish...Little did I know that was gonna be our day in a nutshell! After fishing several schools of bait with the lives we drew a blank for the day.I have to hand it to the guys we never stopped laughing and as usual had a great day despite poor fishing for us.Thanks again guys cant wait to redeem myself!
5/24/09 - LOWRIDER - Stephan Cloughley Charter
We had Stephen and crew out on Sunday.We broke the Inlet read the fish a jigged a 35lb bass to start the day.After boating and losing several other fish in the same size class we swithed over to liveling and hooked a couple more .The last fish we kept came on a Bunker Spoon and tipped the scales at 38lbs.We had action all day and a great time we kept 6 fish from 25 to 38 lbs... Thanks guys!
5/23/09 - LOWRIDER - Jimmy the Greek Charter
We had Jimmy and the boys out on Saturday for a Stiper trip.After an hour of trolling we hooked up a 20lber on the chute.We kept pounding it out and put anther fish in the boat on the spoon. Then Jimmy jigged up a nice one 25lbs + right before we pulled the plug we boated a 12lb Bluefish to end a tough but proficient day,3 Bass to 25lbs and a 12 lb Blue.We had a great time and look forward to seeing you guys again.
5/22/09 - LOWRIDER - Joe Liberti Charter
We had the Joe Liberti Charter out on the Lowrider Friday to kick off Memorial Day weekend.We were on the grounds trying for Stripers,which after a hard South wind prved fruitless after pounding it for 5 hrs we switched gears...After a 5mile run up the beach we put a catch of Bluefish together to end the day.