Today we ran out on the Trade In to do another recon trip and try some new pieces of structure that have come to our attention. We had very calm seas which made it the perfect day to make a 30 mile run to an area we have been wanting to try for BIG tog (aka blackfish) and large numbers of sea bass. We had a solid crew on the boat today with me, Maureen, Joe, and Steve ready to whack some fish. We made our way out at 8am and ran a solid 30 knots to our destination. When we made it to the piece of structure I was looking for we had to ride around a bit to mark it on our sounder so I could mark the piece well on the Plotter. We had a steady water temperature of 51 degrees and there were a few pods of smaller dolphins in the area. We made a few drifts over the structure to see if anybody was home and to see what the drift was before we anchored. On our drifts, it was drop and reel fishing! We were catching one sea bass after another, the majority being keeper size. It was nonstop action and they were eating everything from butterfly jigs, hammered diamond jigs, along with squid and green crab on top and bottom rigs. Maureen ended up settin the hook on a nice 4# tog which proved to us that tog were there, so we setup our double anchor setup so we could work the wreckage.
We spent the whole day on this wreck picking through sea bass and some tog. Green Crab was by far the best bait since the dogfish left it alone. Squid would get hammered on by sea bass, but it also accounted for quite a few spiny dogfish catches which we wanted to avoid. We lucked out and got into some nice 6-7 pound tog. Steve caught his personal best at 7.75 pounds and Maureen caught her personal best, a 10 pound slob! It put up an awesome fight, but Mo brought the fish into reach of the net and it was a done deal! We decided it was time to pack it up around 3:30 pm and we wound up with 15 keeper tog. Amazing day of wreck fishing, and trying some new pieces of structure paid off.