I have a charter booked for Wednesday, but I couldn't resist one more shot on a party boat. Apparently neither could anyone else as all the boats were jammed. Still managed to get a decent spot close to the port stern where I like to fish from so I can get a good flip out away from the boat.
The boat headed out towards the tip of Sandy Hook, and it was easy to see where the fish were biting because the bay looked like the marina with all the boats anchored up. We started off not far off the Romer Shoal Light, and I actually saw a guy alone in a porta bote (the folding ones http://www.porta-bote.com/
) and a little tiny outboard out there. Crazy if you ask me.
Good wind, and incoming tide, started off with a slow but steady striper bite. Most people using the boat supplied clams, but a couple brought fresh cut bunker. Pretty soon the bunker folks started hooking up with bluefish. Captain and the mates suggested they switch to clams but to no avail. Blues like to run left and right which eventually leads to tangles no matter how much you walk. Once the blues came in thick the Striper bite shut down. Not a single Bass was caught on bunker, and the blues barely touched the clams.
Probably a dozen keeper Bass on the boat today. Lots of blues, and of course half the people who caught them didn't want them. We took two because my buddies aunt likes them. Thankfully the asian customers were game to take some.
I managed one Striped Bass early on the first stop before the madness started. Took home the pool again $95
its almost like I'm getting paid to go fishing lately!
Arms out pic...
More realistic photo...