You never know


Saturday morning Dr. Jeff came up for a morning trip. Its been a while so it was good to catch up and catch fish. The forecast was for winds 25+ but Jeff said it was OK if it was a little sporty. We wanted to put a couple bass in the boat before we started our search. On Jeff’s third cast with a spin rod he hooked a bass back in a rip. Shortly thereafter the bass got off and two cranks later an albie hit. After a long run the albie came off and then another bass hit and after all that we landed the bass. The cool thing was that while Jeff was fighting the albie a pair of Minke Whales cruised by about 200 feet from the boat. We picked up a couple more bass and headed East. The albies were waiting and they started eating. While we were moving on a school a large gray bottle nosed dolphin went cruising by the school. The Whales were dark black so I knew this was something different. We picked up a few more albies on spin and even flies so it was a pretty fun day. Back at it tomorrow.

Its started

Most of the people that read these reports know of Dr. Jim the albie king. Jim booked a trip today and invited Gail to join us because they both enjoy a day with albies. We left early and picked a bass from the rocks when I spotted a nice pod of albies not too far away. That pod turned into 15 pods and they were hungry but not for flies. A call from a friend told of even more albies so we left the non eaters to look for more accommodating ones. We found them and soon after Jim had our first one in the boat. It was a good day with both jim and Gail landing fish. To top it off we added a few more bass and a handful of scup to make our day.

Monday


Monday morning brought Simon and Dave over from the UK for the week and they got to spend their first day with me. We headed out to the bass spot to find only one other boat which was a nice surprise. We had a steady pick of schoolies for most of the tide. Dave seemed to have the numbers and Simon had the size. We left to find a spread out school of bluefish and Simon picked up a nice one. We tried several other spots with not much luck. By then the tide changed so we made our move. Simon caught up with four nice fish in a row. A fun day with two great guys on the briny. My apologies for the lousy photography on the last two trips. I’ll figure it out one of these days.

We got Bass


I’m playing catchup here. its been busy the last few days. Sunday John brought his brother Tom out for the day. We started on bass and it was pretty steady till we lost the tide. Tom hooked up on his first cast but it took John two casts to put one in the boat. Often times that’s our kiss of death but not Sunday. After a good while we went on a search mission. We found a few albies that were in a traveling mood. We ended the day with a 36 inch 15 lb. striper courtesy of John.

A Bassin Good Day


Richard met me at the dock early today for our first trip together. We had a good tide so I set us up and Richard hooked up on the first cast. This is often times the kiss of death but not today. It was a steady bite for several hours until the tide slowed. We got a nice bunch of bass and a very large blue that Richard brought to the boat only to have the fish smile and turn his head and leave with my fly still in his mouth. We took a ride and found some albies that were pretty excited and weren’t hungry even after some good shots.

They are starting to grow

Gail and I went out yesterday after the first rain and came back before the deluge. It was pretty foggy so e decided on it being a bass day. Our first casts resulted in a double and that was pretty much the story for the day. we had more doubles than singles and Gail landed the largest blue of the season. We dodged the bullet with the hurricane and with luck it will stay that way.

Bass, Bass and more Bass.


Sunday my old friend Ed brought his son Tim and grandson Nigel up for a morning trip. Ed was one of my favorite pilots from Vietnam days. We took a lot of trips together but never in a boat. The winds were steady 15 plus today so it was a bit sporty out there. Our first stop produced a bass right away and they kept on coming. When one spot slowed down we found another. Most fish were in the five lb. range. We had several doubles and a bunch of singles. After we fought the waves for a few hours we opted for some quieter waters. Right off the bat Nigel tried to catch every bluefish in the sound. He caught more this morning than the boat has all season. When he turns 12 we are all in trouble. We decided to call it a day when on the way in we found another school of bass so we had to stop for a couple more. It was cold and windy but a lot of fun today.

Typical part two

Sunday we decided to try and redeem ourselves with our favorite fish. I really don’t like to fish on holiday weekends because it can be a little too busy out there. The plan was not to stay local and try to find fish in less crowded conditions. On our way we spotted a nice pod all by themselves so we pulled in and for them it was one and done. The next bunch had a dozen boats surrounding them. Everyone was giving other boats room to fish and nobody was running through the fish. We didn’t stop there and continued on. The next spot is a place that is rarely fished but from past experience I know that the bones will stop there to eat. A minute after we arrived a nice pod of bones showed. We both had good shots and instead of snipping the flies they hammered them. They left and so did we. For the rest of the day we found fish where there were no boats and when we had a decent shot they jumped all over the flies. There was no pattern to their feeding there is so much bait that they just seem to swim around and eat when they feel like it. The fish would go back and forth and if you zigged when they did it was game on. A pretty fun day all around.

Typical

Wednesday Gail and I continued our search for the sometimes elusive Bonito. We found them after a wait. We would go to where they should be and wait for them to show up. Some days the wait is measured in hours. They finally showed up and at times they were in good numbers. The only thing was that they would come up and bump the fly that they usually inhale. We finally gave up and to save some face we went in search of some happy fish. We found bass and blues that were more than happy to play so the day was salvaged and so were our egos.

The quest continues

Today Mark and Tom brought Rafe along for his first bonito expedition. We beat the sun looking for some bass or blues for a warm up but they stayed hidden. The local bones are on vacation so we took a ride. I spotted a few birds and as we pulled up a small pod of bones popped up. The first cast had Tom hooked up and a little while later it was in the net. We waited and a larger school came and Mark hooked up on his first cast. The fish left and the quest continued. there wasn’t much showing but we managed to get a few blues and a bass. At one point there was a school of Black Sea Bass chasing bait on the top. We pulled one of those out. Not to be outdone Rafe managed to get a sea robin to take a fly.