I just received the OK to keep my boat in the water until the end of October. This has been the best striper year that we have had in 15 years, The best bonito year in the last ten years. The albies are starting to become more plentiful. The bluefish are not here in good numbers yet. I have a lot of openings in the next couple weeks and barring a bunch of nor’easters it is looking like a really good fall.

Double slam

Gail and I wanted to get out before this weeks nor’easter hits so we got up early and headed out. We stopped at my favorite shallow water bass spot for a bunch of stripers. The next stop produced more bass, bluefish several bonito and we topped that off with a handful of albies. There were a couple small schools of bass that were working the surf line but we stayed put and caught most of our fish casting blind for them. A fun trip was had by all.

My turn to fish

Gail and I actually got up early today to have some fun on the water. We stopped at my favorite bass spots for some shallow water action. The bass were right where we left them. After a bit we got a call from a friend and we switched to albie mode. They were eating flies today and we had a good pick for the morning. I wanted to try a new reel and it worked just fine. We just might try it again tomorrow.

Deja Wednesday

Wednesday brought Charlie and Sarah back for another go in the briny. The winds were down a little from yesterday but the waves were bigger. We started with bass and then moved on to more bass and then we found a lot of bass. More doubles than singles and no bluefish which I thought was a nice touch. Around 11:00 the wind dropped and we found more bass. We were moving to another school when I spotted some fish ripping through the water and soon after Sarah landed her first bonito. No albies but we had a lot of fun and a lot of fish were landed.It doesn’t get much better than that.

A bit sporty today

Today long time friend and angler Charlie brought his daughter Sarah out for her first trip with us in t5he salt. We left the dock with a steady 20mph wind with stronger gusts and soon decided that today was not going to be a fly rod day. We switched to spin gear and Albie Snax and it was game on for the next eight hours. We were casting in the surf and the bass were waiting. After many doubles I lost count of the bass but we did add a half dozen blues and a sea robin. Most were caught in about four feet of water.


Yesterday Bill brought Jack and Adam out for their first chance at albies. Unfortunately the albies had other plans. We put on over 50 miles and the boys managed a bonito and a fluke. Both their firsts but not what we wanted. These guys cast all day and these were the only fish that we saw hooked. I think that we need a little cold weather to push the bait out and bring the fish back. Tomorrow is another day.

Catching and catching up

I’ve been pretty busy on the boat and with recent computer issues I have been behind in my reports. We have been doing really well with stripers and blue fish. The bonito are still around and at times in good numbers. The albies are hit and miss. Two trips to Montauk were disappointing. Gail and I went this past Tuesday and despite a fair amount of albies she landed the only one that I saw caught. However there were a good number of Montauk sized bass boils to keep us occupied. Along with the largest seals that we have ever seen. Think six feet long and around 500 lbs. I spent two days with Hugh who came from San Francisco to catch some albie. We couldn’t find albies but he caught plenty of bass and blues plus nice bonito. Dr. Jim was back for a bunch of bass. I probably forgot some cool details but we all had fun and the Fall is just getting started.

Grand Slam (the real kind)

Saturday David and Peter met me at the dock before the sun popped up. I wanted to pick up a few bass or blues before we went looking. I’m tired so I’ll make this short. The waves were four to five feet and larger in the rips. The wind was a steady 20mph from the south. The guys were using spinning gear. Peter caught a bass, a blue a bonito and an albie amongst a bunch of others. David missed out without a bonito. The albies showed up and brought their appetites. We had a bunch of doubles and singles as well. When David had an albie on I needed Peter to steer the boat into the wind while I netted the fish. Jack was next to us and he had his anglers net his fish. It was an adventure out there today.

What showers

Jay brought Doug out for his first venture with a fly rod in the salt. The weatherman had predicted spot showers off and on scattered around the state. We left the dock with flat seas and calm winds. The first stop had Jay hooked up on his first cast. We landed that bass and a while later Doug was fast to a fish. It wasn’t the biggest of the day but it was his first and that’s what counts. We were treated to a pretty good dolphin show as six or eight showed up to play. One cleared the water by ten feet and if you want to see a cannonball. The clouds gathered as we picked up a couple more bass and a bluefish. When the lightning started we left for a quick trip to the dock till it blew through. Going back out we were treated to a series of monsoon downpours. I guess all of the spot showers had their eye on our spot.

Slammed again

Today I was able to spend the morning with longtime friend and client Dr. Jeff. We left the dock in less than favorable conditions. Our first stop and Jeff’s first cast produced a feisty bass. Unfortunately The tide was against a stiff breeze so we couldn’t stay there comfortably. A short time later the bonito showed up and we added one to our collection. We took a ride to find calmer water and picked up a rare sea robin. We finished the Grand Slam with a blue fish and called it a day.