I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and also wanted to SHARE this “Fishing Best of 2014” Video I just put together. I wanted to thank everyone who I fished with and worked for this year. It was another fantastic year of fishing, and I can’t wait for what’s in store for 2015!
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Today we ran back out to the deep water sea bass grounds again. It was just Mo and I on her Contender and she had her sights set heavily on a line class record. It ended up being choppier then expected again, and we had the winds out of the NW at a steady 15 knots. usually this isn’t a big deal, but when it’s later December and you are in a center console, you really want it to be calm, especially for drift fishing. We made it to the spot by 8:45 am and were on the fish immediately! Maureen was catching double headers one after another and the few times I had a minute to drop my rig to the bottom it was the same scenario. Double headers of 3-4 pound sea bass is a lot of fun.
We kept working hard to see if we couldn’t get Mo a bigger fish. We were limited out fairly easily, minus that one record fish she was waiting for. We switched her to a Lucanis Jig to see if she could get bigger fish with that, and she sure did. Maureen got 2 over 5 pounds, BUT both were just a tad shy of the weight she needed for the record.
By 1:00 we decided to call it quits and start our ride home knowing we had to buck right into the tight 3-4 foot chop. About 40 miles from the inlet, we saw some birds gathered up tight and picking at the surface. I ran over to investigate. As we pulled in there were explosions on the surface and immediately we saw the backs of big bluefins in the 200-300 pound range breaking the surface. Quickly we got a hammered diamond jig down to them and WHAM, I was on, but unfortunately after a screaming run the hook pulled and that was all she wrote. We chased a few different flocks of birds around for an hour, but we couldn’t get anymore bites. Pretty amazing to see and it was a cool way to end the day.
I am hoping to slip out one or two more times here in NJ for sea bass or tog (aka blackfish), but odds are slim given the few days we have left and also the typical inconsistent December weather. If not I’ll be coming back here with reports from the sunny Caribbean with Marlin action. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!!!
After doing the morning radio talk show with “Shep on Fishing” (which was fun by the way), we hurried up and sprinted offshore to the sea bass grounds and got into steady and consistent action on BIG Black Sea bass. The water temperature was 56 degrees. We only had about 3 hours to fish and put 64 keepers in the box along with about 2 dozen throwbacks and a few 5 pound bluefish. Great action, and our average was 3-4 pound fish with quite a few over 5 pounds and 2 breaking 6 pounds. The hot bait was a 12 ounce hammered diamond jig as it accounted for consistent 4 pound keeper fish. Fun day, but definitely a little windier and choppier then expected. Back at it again tomorrow.
Worked on this thing today – prepping it to go to a beautiful Caribbean Island for 2015. Mostly getting tackle in order…
I am currently in Tampa FL missing out on the action the past two days on striped bass. It has continued to be amazing fishing on the troll out front so I hope everyone is able to slip out and get on them. I will be in FL until Monday prepping a boat to go international and fish but I hope to get a couple days back on the water at home in NJ when I return, and hopefully slip in a day of fishing here in FL on Sunday, but we will have to see.
Here it is, I will let the video do the Talking!
I got back into NJ from the Holiday late Saturday. Sunday weather didn’t allow us to fish but today we slipped out for a few hours and they fish are still here. We ran out of GE Inlet on the 27′ Contender and got on the troll in the clear 48 degree water with tons of bait marks. We started off getting hooked up right away on the chartreuse Mojo but after a few minuted the fish spit the hook – BUMMER. We had one more bite after that but it didn’t come tight. The fishing was slow for the next hour then I got a call (thank goodness for good friends) on a hot bite further south, so we sprinted 8 miles south and bam, game on. We got what we went for and kept a few nice striped bass, including Stacey’s first (Congrats), and also caught our first bluefish of the Fall season. The weather isn’t looking too great for the next few days, but we hope to slip out again soon.