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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Well from what I have been hearing there are a few big Bluefin tuna being caught out of Oregon Inlet, NC and I know a few people gearing up to go cure their fishing itch. I have been preparing for two major trips I have coming up. I will be fishing for billfish out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica on a quick trip March 13-17 and then I will be mating on the Over Under with Captain Joe Trainor in the Bahamas from March 24th until May 10th. We will be targeting billfish and dredge fishing most of the time, but there will also be plenty of dolphin and wahoo caught. It would be nice to get a tuna on the deck for fresh sashimi, but Joe said the sharks are a major problem and rarely do they get a tuna to the boat. It sounds like it is gonna be interesting to say the least.
When I return I will be hopping straight into the snag and drop in Northern NJ searching for a record striped bass with lady angler Maureen Klause. We are gonna keep our options open throughout March and June since there are a lot of great fisheries that overlap such as the striped bass bite, black drum (which has been slow the past two years), Mako and Blue Shark, and of course yellowfin tuna on the troll in our canyons. Last year we had some early season eddies which had me fishing offshore in early May. Hopefully when I get home that will be happening, because there is nothing like offshore fishing!
I hope everyone has their tackle ready to go, reels greased, rigs tied because the 2013 season here in the Mid Atlantic is about to get started. Be ready in the DE Bay and get your clams reserved because the striper bite should bust wide open for the March 27th Full Moon!
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Unfortunately we were blown out yesterday due to a small craft advisory warning, but we were back at it today. We focused on targeting a bluefin tuna today since there have been a few hooked up each day here in VA Beach. The tuna have been weighing in around 200 lbs, so we wanted to see if we could be one of the lucky few to get the bite. We left the dock at 7:20 am with light East wind and partly cloudy skies. There was a fleet of boats around Cape Henry so we decided to stop and try for a striper for an hour. There was plenty of bait, but no bites. We picked up and ran out towards the Light Tower right around where we stopped on Wednesday and caught our fish. The birds, bait and stripers were there again and we caught 7 stripers pretty fast trolling Mojos at 4.5 knots. The stripers were aggressive, and were eating mostly chartreuse until the sun went behing the clouds, then the majority of our bites came on white.
We kept pounding it out hoping for a bluefin tuna bite. A boat near us ended up hooking up into a bluefin, but broke it off after and hour and a half. We keep getting bit by stripers, and the sounder was lit up with bunker and striped bass all day as the birds kept telling us where the stripers were all day. We ended up catching and releasing 27 stripers, 2 of which weighed in at over 42 lbs on the Boga Grip. We had a blast, but unfortunately we didn’t get our tuna bite. We did hear that some boats found stripers inside of 3 miles for the first time in weeks.
We will be putting the Trade In back on the trailer and dropping her off in NC tomorrow, then back to NJ tomorrow night. Overall, we had a great trip, and we were stoked we came down to VA Beach to do some fishing.