Monthly Archives: December 2013

OCEAN: Life Underwater (Captain Ricky Wheeler’s Episode 6)

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Catching Up

It has been awhile since I have reported basically because I have been snowboarding in Vermont, especially since the weather in NJ has not really allowed any fish days this month.  Tog and sea bass action is good for those who have made their way out in the short weather windows.  I will be back at it again in early January for Striped Bass and maybe Sea Bass in Virginia Beach on the Trade In with Maureen Klause and my friend Vinny.  Hopefully the fish show up in big numbers like they did last year when we were there, but inside the 3 mile line this time.  The end of January I will be in Costa Rica billfishing, so January I should have a few reports posted on here.  Until then, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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12/8 Cape May Rips attempt

With the front coming in around mid day, low tide at 6 am at the point, NE wind at 20, and solid reports from the Rips this week, we decided to give the Rips a shot since we knew it would be protected from the wind. We bucktailed every Rip Prissy Wicks had to offer, and had better then average water clarity and conditions, but no bites. There were a few charter boats out there drifting with live baits but they had no action either. We fished in the snow until about 11:30 when we were convinced no fish were around and we knew worse weather was coming. Disappointed with the lack of action the DE Bay has delivered on striped bass this season.

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Last minute keeper 12/5

I mated on the Justified again today for another 8 hour trip.  We pulled away from the dock at 7 am in a thick fog and took our time getting out to the DE Bay.  We were going to be able to fish the last of the incoming tide into slack on this trip, and we knew there were a few better fish caught ton that tide at the C&B yesterday, so we made our way in there and setup.  The current was ripping in hard when we got there and it was 47 degrees.  Action was slow overall throughout the day with a few spiny dogfish chewing at our bunker chunks every now and then.  It was looking pretty grim as the tide came to a halt and time was just about up when a rod double over.  FISH ON!  After a few line peeling runs, we landed the 37″ striper that made the trip.  The fog had lifted and we headed back in.

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Throwbacks 12/4

Today I mated for a 5 hour chunking trip on the “Justified”, a 48′ Ocean Yacht that is part of OverUnder Charters.  We pulled out of South Jersey Marina at 8 am and headed out to the DE Bay with plans to chunk for striped bass.  We looked around various spots in the lower bay, but we were not marking much at all on the sounder in the 47.5 degree water.  After searching for about 20 minutes we decided to set anchor just below the C&B where we had the best marks (although they weren’t much to get excited about) and get some baits in the water for the end of the incoming tide.  Action was slow with a few spiny dogfish until the tide swung started going out.  We picked at 5 throwbacks on the top of the outgoing all measuring from 24-26.5 inches.  Unfortunately we could not get a keeper today.  We will see what happens tomorrow.

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Late Season Mid-Atlantic Offshore Fishing (Captain Ricky Wheeler Episode 5)

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