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Party Fishing Boat ANGLER - Atlantic Highlands, NJMay 24, 2015

Welcome aboard the ANGLER.   We offer daily open boat fishing trips from spring through early winter.   The 75-foot, all aluminum ANGLER sails from the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor at Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Our specialties are bottom fishing for Ling, Blackfish, Cod, Black Sea Bass,
Summer Flounder (Fluke) and Raritan Bay Striper fishing.

We look forward to seeing you at the dock.

Captains George Bachert and Jeff Gutman

FLUKE FISHING EVERY DAY  7:30 AM to 2:30 PM Sundays and Mondays  7:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays
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ANGLER Fishing Reports

May 24May 24, 2015 – The weatherman promised us a southwest wind and we were ready to go down the beach with the flood tide, but the wind was northwest.   Yesterday's afternoon southerly wind chilled the ocean and the Fluke bite.   The best we could do was just a pick until the end of the day when bay conditions got good and we found some fish.   Fluke fishing is all about conditions and an early season southerly wind kills the catching in the ocean.

It was good seeing many ANGLER regulars today.   Jose Reyes from Garfield, NJ got his first Fluke pool of the year.   The third day of a holiday weekend is normally light, so come on down.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY




May 23May 23May 23, 2015
– It was windy and cold to start the day, but a really nice finish.   Tough conditions for most of the day, but we caught lots of Fluke when the drift was right.

Dennis DePalma from Montville, NJ had a pool fish that was around 5 pounds.   The weather is looking much nicer for the next few days and the wind direction should give us a nice drift.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY

GALLEY OPEN



May 22May 22May 22, 2015
– It was sure nice to be Fluke fishing.   Drifting conditions were tough, but we found fluke in four different areas and we were not stuck fishing by the Coast Guard dock.

Mark Struck had a nice 6-pound Fluke for the pool.   The stern did best today with Adam leading the way with three keepers.   A few other folks had a couple of keepers and the bait draggers did best.   We had better fishing during last weekend's Fish With Me Kid's Trip when everyone used spearing baits.   Some shorts and birds were mixed in and the keeper ratio was around 1 to 3.

SAILING 6:00 AM SATURDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT


May 21May 21, 2015
– We ended our spring Ling fling today on a lackluster note.   Picked all day, but did better yesterday with the wind and the swinging.   Shorty Lewis from Paterson, NJ took another pool with a Cod.

FIRST BOAT TO THE FLUKE GROUNDS

SAILING EARLY FOR FLUKE – 6:00 AM FRIDAY 5/22 AND SATURDAY 5/23


May 20, 2015
– We had a nice northwest breeze today that never died like the weatherman promised.   It was good to be back on the Ling grounds.   We picked all day with some Tog, Sea Bass and C mixed in with the Ling.   Most folks ended the day with 8 to 15 Ling.

Mike Speck from New Providence, NJ won the pool with a Cod and he had a dozen Ling too.   We ended the day with nice bags of fillets and we intend to catch more tomorrow.

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LAST LING TRIP IS TOMORROW 5/21

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FIRST BOAT OUT – GALLEY OPEN

FLUKE, FLUKE, FLUKE – SAILING EARLY 6:00 AM FRIDAY 5/22 AND SATURDAY 5/23






May 17, 2015
– There was a very thick fog this morning, but the ocean was calm and it turned out to be a beautiful day.   We had a nice group of Ling anglers today and they caught some jumbos.   Danny Pham from Dumont, NJ took the pool with a keeper Cod.   High hook was around 15 Ling.   There were also some short Cod, Tog and Sea Bass that had to go back.   By yesteryear's standards, it is not good fishing, but for 2015, we are catching more than anyone else is.
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THE ANGLER IS NOT SAILING MONDAY 5/18 AND TUESDAY 5/19

WE ARE LING FISHING 7 AM WEDNESDAY 5/20 AND 7 AM THURSDAY 5/21

EARLY START FLUKE TRIPS ON FRIDAY 5/22 AND SATURDAY 5/23 – 6:00 AM TO 2:00 PM


May 16, 2015 – Saturday's FISH WITH ME Fluke Trip

On Saturday, the ANGLER hosted the 16th annual FISH WITH ME KID'S TRIP.   We make five short fishing trips taking out many inner city kids who would normally not get a chance to go fishing.   They get excited whether it is a Fluke or a Sea Robin.   When the conditions were right, we had some good fishing with over 20 keeper-size Fluke in a short time.   Edwardo from Red Bank, NJ (in red shirt) caught the biggest Fluke and it weighed 6 pounds.   The kids caught all of the fish on rental rods and spearing baits.

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The New Jersey FLUKE season opens FRIDAY, MAY 22 and the ANGLER will be running early trips for the opener.

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM FRIDAY, MAY 22

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM SATURDAY, MAY 23

The fares for these trips are $75 for adults, $70 for seniors, and $35 for children.

After the opener trips, the ANGLER will resume our normal Fluke schedule...

7:30 AM to 2:30 PM Sundays and Mondays
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays


May 15, 2015
– It was a nice day today with good conditions and much better catching.   After yesterday, we were happy with today's catch of big Ling along with a number of short Cod and big Bluefish mixed in.  Henry from Wayne, NJ took today's pool with a jumbo Ling.   'Condo' Bob was high hook with 12 big Ling.   Not great fishing, but everyone at least had dinner.   The Bergalls were thick and the best action was bouncing a bait of perch strips and chartreuse Gulp.   You had to work the baits.   If you wanted a big Blue, they were hungry for jigs.

WE ARE CHARTERED ON SATURDAY MAY 16

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY MAY 17

WE ARE NOT SAILING MONDAY MAY 18 AND TUESDAY MAY 19


May 14, 2015
– Nice Ocean with almost ideal conditions and the Ling did not bite.   Sometimes you never know.   We had a few Ling on the first spot and less and less afterwards.   We tried the Apple Pie and had a few nice fish, but only a few.   We went back to Scotland Grounds and had no problem anchoring, but there were only a few bites.   Chet Torka from Elizabeth, NJ had our only Cod and won the pool.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY MAY 15

WE ARE CHARTERED ON SATURDAY MAY 16 - No morning Open Boat trip

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY MAY 17

WE ARE NOT SAILING MONDAY MAY 18 AND TUESDAY MAY 19


May 13, 2015
– A nice day despite the wind, which wasn't too bad.   If we could keep what we catch, it would be okay, but it is a shame the nice Sea Bass and Tog we throw back.   The good news is some Flounder are starting to show and we can keep them.   It was just a pick on the Ling again with some folks catching 8 to 10 and some catching less.   Andre won the pool with a nice Ling.  Tomorrow is looking very nice, so come and catch some for dinner.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY MAY 14 AND FRIDAY MAY 15 – GALLEY OPEN

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SATURDAY MAY 16


May 10, 2015 – It was a nicer day on the water but the Ling fishing was slow.   There were some nice fish, but it was just a pick.   The Ling had good color, but there were big Bluefish chopping them in half and that may have slowed the bite.   We also had some Fluke, Sea Bass and Tog mixed in.   Artie from Hoboken, NJ had a beauty of a Ling for the pool.   West winds forecast for the next few days should help.

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NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 13

BOB IS BACK AND THE ANGLER GALLEY IS OPEN


May 7, 2015 – We had a bunch of good Ling anglers on board today and everyone went home with fish.   Although there were fish caught all around the boat, midships did best and that is where some of the sharpest folks where fishing.   Over the years, Noel has been high hook on most trips and today was game on.   He ended the day with 34 Ling.  Others had 25 to 30.

The fish are moving and we had a few Fluke, Sea Robins, Sea Bass and Tog.   Most of the Ling were good-sized.   It was a good catch for tough conditions in keeping the boat on the wreck.   You know things are getting right when the double-headers start coming over the rails.   Ask the mates if you are not sure on the proper rig to use.   You need hooks on the bottom and must bounce the baits.

THE ANGLER IS SAILING FOR LING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 7:00 AM AND SUNDAY AT 7:30 AM

NO GALLEY UNTIL NEXT WEEK

Looking ahead to next week, our tentative schedule is

Not sailing Monday 5/11 and Tuesday 5/12
Ling fishing on Wednesday 5/13, Thursday 5/14 and Friday 5/15
The ANGLER has a private charter on Saturday 5/16

THE ANGLER IS THE FIRST BOAT OUT AND THE FIRST ON THE GROUNDS


May 4, 2015 – It was a calmer ocean today and the water temperature was up to 51 degrees, and we had much better Ling fishing.   Today, there were mostly bigger Ling up to 4 pounds with some Tog, Sea Bass and Cod going back.   Gulp and clam baits both worked.   Vinny won todays pool with a 4-pound Ling.

We have been Ling fishing for a long time and cannot call this good fishing since we remember days with 50 to 100 per man, but it is better Ling fishing than what has been going on elsewhere.   The average angler had 8 to 10 fish today, which means 16 to 20 Ling fillets going home and that is some fine eating.

The game is changing with the full moon and more Ling are moving in.  The Ling were full of baitfish, showing they were on the feed and there were Sea Bass mixed in.   We are sure we will have some good Ling fishing in the next few weeks before the Fluke season opens on May 22.

We are not sailing the next 2 days to give the Ling a chance to move in and there have not been many people ready to jump on the Ling, but that will change.

THE ANGLER'S NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM THURSDAY, MAY 7.   We are not sailing on May 5 and May 6.

The ANGLER is NOT SAILING on SATURDAY, MAY 16.


May 3, 2015 – Another very nice day on the water.   We spent the day on the Scotland Grounds and like yesterday, it was a pick on the Ling with short Cod and Tog going back along with some big Sea Bass.   The Ling have white bellies, which means they have not settled on the wrecks and are still moving.   Dave was the lucky pool winner today.   The end of the day was best again today and the swell is letting up.

Monday's weather looks very nice and we are expecting some regulars to show up.   We are sailing at 7:30 AM on Mondays.

WE WILL NOT SAIL TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY, BUT WILL BE BACK THURSDAY

Sorry, no galley until next Monday, May 11.







April 26, 2015 – We started the day where we ended on Saturday and had a good pick right away, but it took 10 shorts before we got our first keeper Striper.   The wind switched and blew us off our chum slick and we could not get back on it because a small boat had anchored too close to us.

We looked around the general area and saw some Stripers caught on other boats, but it took a while to find some marks on our fish finder.   When we found another spot, we had some fish right away again with more keepers including a 36-inch pool fish for
Jose Reyes from Garfield, NJ.   Archie Stewart had a few more fish again today as did Hit man who had around six.

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SCHEDULE CHANGE – WE ARE NOT SAILING THE NEXT 3 DAYS.   We will let you know on Tuesday if we will be fishing before the weekend.

THE ANGLER WILL BE LING FISHING NEXT WEEKEND

7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM SATURDAY MAY 2 AND SUNDAY MAY 3


April 23, 2015 – It's Time To Go Fishing On The ANGLER!

It's been a long and hard winter and we are happy to start fishing again and are looking forward to seeing you at the boat.   ANGLER mates Joey and Mike have been clamming some Stripers during the past week.   Mostly shorts, but there were a few for the table.   We were looking to start the season bottom fishing, but the Ling have not moved inshore yet.

THE ANGLER WILL START 3/4 DAY STRIPED BASS FISHING SATURDAY, APRIL 25

The Striper trips are from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM and the fare is $65.

WE WILL RUN A LING TRIP THE END OF NEXT WEEK

We will announce the date this weekend since we want to make sure we have a few days of west wind before trying for Ling.   Stay tuned.


January 22, 2015 – We were looking forward to getting out this weekend, since there are still some fish to catch.   The weather has been okay on some weekdays, but once again, the forecast looks no good for the weekend and we have decided to tie up the ANGLER until spring.   Thanks for fishing with us this winter and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.


January 17January 17January 17, 2015 – We were out fishing today.   It was a nice day, but cold at the start.   There was a good bite for most of the morning with variety of fish including Tog, Cod, Pollock, Ling, Pout plus a few Dogfish.

Jose limited out with Tog early and shared the pool with a Cod that Grace caught.

THE WEATHER FORECAST LOOKS BAD AND WE WILL NOT SHAPE UP ON SUNDAY





January 15, 2015
– We had some ice in the harbor last weekend, but it has cleared out now.   We have a fresh load of crabs coming for the weekend.   We will also have fresh clams in hopes of some Cod and Ling showing up.   It was at this time in 2013 that we found Ling at the New Grounds.  That find ended up giving the whole fleet a good February and March.

George the chef is at back home from the hospital and is doing much better.   Thank God and thank you all for your prayers.

NO GALLEY THIS WEEKEND

SAILING 7:00 AM SATURDAY 1/17 and SUNDAY 1/18 – FIRST BOAT OUT



January 9, 2015 – The ANGLER is NOT sailing this weekend.   Our next trip will be Saturday January 17.


January 3, 2015
– The weatherman was off on his forecast again with the wind and rain coming early.   We had a good bite with shorts to start the day with the stern catching a few keepers.   Jose had 14 shorts before catching his first keeper Tog.   Gus Lambrakis from Brooklyn, NY won the daily pool and had three keepers.   However, most folks only caught shorts.

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This week's weather forecast looks bad and we will not try to sail again until next weekend.   We let you know our intentions by Friday 1/09.


January 2, 2015
– It was a lot windier than forecast yet a nice day on the water.   We stopped at the Apple Pie and had okay action for mostly good short life with keepers mixed in.   Jose took the dollar pool and Ling John had a limit catch plus the daily pool fish.   Green crabs were the choice bait today.   We have both greens and whites onboard.

Saturday's weather forecast looks very nice for Tog fishing and then the weather looks poor until maybe next Saturday.  Besides turning much colder, the wind is going to crank up.

SAILING 7:00 AM SATURDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT – GALLEY OPEN



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