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Party Fishing Boat ANGLER - Atlantic Highlands, NJApril 27, 2016

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

The ANGLER is not sailing this weekend.  Bottom Fishing next week when the wrather settles
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ANGLER Fishing Reports

April 27, 2016 – We had a good bunch of Angler Ling jerkers out today and the fishing was picky.   We had to make many drops today since we would catch 10 to 12 fish quickly and then it was over.   Our best drop had 25 Ling.   Mostly short Tog today with a few keepers.   Archie and Jim split the pool with a Tog.   No keeper Cod today, but we did see a few big Sea Bass.

SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY 4/28 – GALLEY OPEN

NOT SAILING FRIDAY 4/29

THE WEEKEND LOOKS GOOD


April 25, 2016
– It was a nice day today and with better fishing too.   Although it was not good Ling fishing, it was okay for early season with some folks catching between 10 and 15 Ling.   There was more keeper Togs today, and the couple of Cod we got were also much nicer fish.   John had today's pool with a very nice Cod.   We fished a couple of spots we hit Saturday and found that more fish had moved in, which is the way it is supposed to be in the springtime.   There were not many dogs today.

We are NOT sailing Tuesday 4/26 since there is rain in the forecast and that keeps most people home.



The ANGLER will Bottom Fish up until the start of the New Jersey Fluke season.

NOT SAILING TUESDAY 4/26

NEXT TRIP 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY 4/27 – NO GALLEY


April 24, 2016
– Today's fishing was much slower than yesterday with most Tog being shorts and only one Cod today and just a few Ling on every drop.   The pool today was a nice Cod.

We do see some Sea Bass and Fluke starting to move in and we should see more fish each day.

THE ANGLER IS SAILING MONDAY 4/25
AND AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY 4/27

NOT SAILING TUESDAY 4/26


April 23, 2016
We had good conditions today and we were happy with the fishing.   After a total lack of Ling all winter, it looks like the spring Ling run has started.   We had many folks with 12 to 15 Ling and lots of the fish were big.

There were plenty of Tog.   Most were shorts, but some folks had up to four keepers per person.   We also had a few keeper Cod with Chet Turka from Elizabeth, NJ winning the pool with a Cod plus a dozen nice Ling.   Pictures Later.

The ANGLER is sailing SUNDAY and MONDAY.   We are not going out Tuesday since rain and strong southwest winds are in the weather forecast.



April 20, 2016
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have DELAYED the ANGLER's start date one day to SATURDAY, APRIL 23.   We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by our delay.

We will be running 3/4-day trips for Blackfish, Ling and Cod.
Our Galley will be open, and we have clams and crabs for bait.

STARTING SATURDAY, APRIL 23

SAILING 7:00 AM – 3/4-Day BLACKFISH, LING, & COD


April 17, 2016THE ANGLER WILL START BOTTOM FISHING 7:00 AM FRIDAY APRIL 22.   We will be running 3/4-day trips for Blackfish, Ling and Cod.   Our Galley will be open, and we have clams and crabs for bait.

STARTING FRIDAY, APRIL 22

SAILING 7:00 AM – 3/4-Day BLACKFISH, LING, & COD



April 14, 2016
– Heavy northeast winds are in the weather forecast and the ANGLER will not be sailing this weekend.   Next week, we'll start our season with bottom fishing trips for Cod, Blackfish and Ling, but we'll have to wait until the weather settles.   The best we can tell you is that we'll let you know the trip dates as soon as possible.

NOT SAILING THIS WEEKEND – SATURDAY, APRIL 16 and SUNDAY, APRIL 17


April 11, 2016
– The ANGLER will start its 2016 fishing season this coming weekend with a few Striper trips in Raritan Bay.   We will start sailing 3/4-Day trips for Striped Bass on Saturday, April 16.   The trips leave at 7:30 AM.

The offshore weather has been poor, but we would like to get in a bottom fishing trip for Cod, Blackfish and Ling on a nice day next week.   Stay tuned and we'll let you know when.

STARTING SATURDAY, APRIL 16

SAILING 7:30 AM – 3/4-Day STRIPED BASS


March 23, 2016
– Last September, the SAVE THE SUMMER FLOUNDER FISHERY FUND (SSFFF) held a stakeholder meeting that recapped the next round of Fluke research the SSFFF is sponsoring and introduced the fishery scientists that are doing the work.
Save The Summerr Flounder Fishery Fund
The new research includes two parallel projects.   The first is to create a better assessment model that more accurately portrays the Fluke fishery.   The second is to collect information on sex composition and discards of recreational fishermen on the East Coast.   The goal of this research is creating a better assessment model that more accurately portrays the state of the Summer Flounder fishery.  The results of this SSFFF funded research will be presented at the next NMFS Scientific Peer Review which is expected sometime in 2016/2017.   It will help the feds make a better stock assessment process that ultimately results in the Summer Flounder regulations and catch quotas we get.

The research is well under way and costs are somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000.  The SSFFF has much of the costs covered, but they need our help to raise $25,000 by early summer to complete the research.  
Please pitch in and help ensure the future of a healthy Summer Flounder fishery with fair access for all user groups.

Donations can be made by check and mailed to SSFFF, P.O. Box 86, Brielle, NJ 08730

Or you can donate on-line at http://www.ssfff.net/ssfffdonate.html

The Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund was started seven years ago by a group of concerned East Coast anglers and is governed by a board of directors comprised of recreational fisherman, Captains of for-hire fishing boats, and members of the fishing tackle industry.   The SSFFF has no political affiliations and is neither a recreational nor commercial fishing lobbying group.   Their Mission Statement was and continues to be non-political with the simple premise that improved fisheries science funded by the SSFFF will ultimately lead to better management decisions and more equitable access to the stock for all user groups.


January 17January 17January 17, 2016
– Sunday was a nice January fishing day although some sun would have made it much better.   We fished three areas and found fish at all of them.   The deep had bigger fish and the shallow had many more shorts.   The bow was best today, but there were fish all around the boat.

The high hook angler had seven keepers.   Joey Valentino from North Plainfield, NJ took the pool with a 7-pound Tog.   We also got lots Pout that had to go back, some dogs, a couple of Ling, a Cod and a Mackerel.   Overall, it was a good day for the middle of January.   We do not have photos of the high hook or a group of folks in the bow since they did not want their pictures seen on NJfishing.com.   They didn't want their fishing buddies to know what they were doing.

Our next trip will be 7:00 AM Thursday and we will be fishing the deep so bring your heavy gear .   We do not like the early weekend forecast and Thursday may be our only trip for a while.   We only care to fish on the nice days and Thursday is looking good.

Last Friday, a few boats started to catch some Mackerel to the east and this may bring some other fish with them.   Although we will not be Mackerel fishing, we would love to see them bring in some Cod and Ling with the Blackfish on the wrecks.

SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT


January 15January 15January 16, 2016 – We were out fishing on Friday January 15.   Some folks in the stern did well, but the sides were no good.

Jim was fishing in Jose's corner and limited out.   Al Severson from Hillsborough, NJ was fishing next to Jim and got three keeper Togs and won the pool.

With the poor weather forecast for Saturday, we tried to put up a quick post that we were not sailing, but something happened and it didn't work.   It was our error and we are sorry for the inconvenience it caused.

Sunday looks like a perfect day for the middle of January with light northwest winds and temperatures in the 30s.   We have green and white crab baits.


SAILING 7:00 AM SUNDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT – NO GALLEY

Next week's weather is looking tough.   We will NOT SAIL Monday Martin Luther King Day and we do not expect to sail again until Friday January 22.


January 9, 2016
– A rough ocean with wind against the tide and a big swell killed the fishing.   It was the worst day seen in many years.   The crabs came back up the same as they went down with not even Bergalls eating the roe.
We came in early since it was not going to happen.

The wind will blow harder tonight and Sunday giving us no hope for a while.   Strong west winds in the middle of the week should turn everything around for the end of the week and next weekend.   We will not sail again until next Friday, January 15.   If the weather is good, we will sail Friday through Monday, which is Martin Luther King Day.

NEXT TRIPS ARE FRIDAY JANUARY 15, SATURDAY JANUARY 16 AND SUNDAY JANUARY 17

ALSO SAILING MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, MONDAY JANUARY 18

ALL TRIPS ARE WEATHER PERMITTING – CALL AHEAD IF WEATHER IS DOUBTFUL (732) 872-0744


January 8, 2016
– The weatherman blew it and it was not nice today with a stiff northeast breeze.   We did not have the good fishing of the last few days.   John from Whippany, NJ split the pool with Archie from Nutley, NJ.   Tomorrow looks good and we will not sail on Sunday.

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


January 7January 7January 7, 2016
– No doubt today was the nicest day of the week with a flat ocean and a good Tog bite.   We had a one-drop day with everyone catching and of course, some folks had limit catches while others had only a couple of keepers.

We had a tie for the pool today between Jim Lewicki from Old Bridge, NJ and Young Mike who mates for Captain Ron on the FISHERMEN.

Just as a heads up, it is looking like Sunday will be a wash out, so if you want some action, Friday and Saturday look good.

SAILING 7:00 AM FRIDAY – THE GALLEY WILL BE OPEN


January 6January 6January 6, 2016 – A cold start to the day, but very nice ending with good fishing.   Billy from Bridgewater, NJ had his limit and won the pool.   Green and white crabs were both good with everyone catching.

The water temperature was down to 44 degrees from 50 degrees during the weekend.   Tomorrow should be warmer and maybe the best day of the week.

SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT






January 3January 3January 3, 2016
– We had a good day with plenty of Blackfish eating the crabs.   We were wrong yesterday; Jose did not win the pool.   It was Jim Brown from Cranford, NJ, but we are right today with Jose taking the pool.

Windy and cold on Monday, but the rest of the week looks good.

NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY


January 2, 2016
– It is beginning to feel like Blackfish weather.   The action was good in the pulpit today.   The biggest pain was a strong northerly current, which made the boat swing even on two anchors.   Jose took the pool.   It was an okay day!

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Just a heads up – The ANGLER is sailing on Sunday, but we will NOT sail Monday and Tuesday because of the forecast for wind and cold temperatures.   We will sail on Wednesday January 6.

SAILING 7:00 AM SUNDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT

FREE WHITE LEGGERS ON SUNDAY

NOT SAILING MONDAY 1/04 AND TUESDAY 1/05 – WILL SAIL WEDNESDAY 1/06


December 31, 2015
– We had good fishing on the ANGLER today with plenty of bites along with keepers and shorts.   After such a slow start yesterday it just goes to show when they want to eat, they will.   Donnie from the Farm had his best day and capped it off with the pool.   Green and white crab baits were about equal today.

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NOT SAILING NEW YEAR'S DAY

NEXT TRIP 7:00 AM SATURDAY JANUARY 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!


December 30December 30, 2015 – It was some tough morning since the Tog had lockjaw.   When the tide changed, the fish started to chew.   Mostly smaller fish today with some keepers mixed in.   John Moon from Jersey City, NJ managed a couple of keepers and a nice pool fish.   You know the water is warm when there are still some Sea Bass around.   Each day should get better.

SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT

NOT SAILING NEW YEARS DAY


December 27December 27
December 27, 2015 – After not sailing for a week, a big ground swell greeted us and that made for tough anchoring and fishing conditions.   We did have a good bite, however most fish missed the mark and went back.   The bow did much better than the stern on the first two drops.   There was no lack of bites with some nice fish mixed in.   We fished the first two drops on Archie's spot and had four keepers up to 7-pounds and at least 15 shorts.   Green crabs with the legs on were best.

Gus Plagainos from Staten Island, NY was also up front and got four keepers up to 6-pounds, and won the pool.

The weather is nasty Monday and Tuesday, but we will be fishing on Wednesday and Thursday.   We have not made up our mind about fishing on Friday, New Year's Day.   The cold weather headed our way should help the offshore fishing.   The Ling are overdue.

NEXT TRIPS IS 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY – GALLEY OPEN


December 26, 2015
– We hope everyone had a good Christmas Day.   Our last trip was last Sunday and our next trip will be this Sunday.   The weather forecast for Saturday is northeast winds from 15 to 20 with gusts to 30 plus rain.   Sunday's weather looks much nicer.

SAILING 7:00 AM SUNDAY 12/27 – SEE YOU THEN


December 20December 20, 2015 – It felt like Blackfish weather with a good northwest breeze and cold temperatures, but we only picked at the fish.   A strong northerly current made the starboard side of the boat the place to be.   We ended the day offshore in deeper water and it is coming to life with bigger fish.   We are still catching some Sea Bass, which shows how warm the water is.   Joe from Stroudsberg, PA had the pool with a 7-pound Tog.   As it stands today, the weather does not look good for this week.

WE WILL NOT SAIL AGAIN UNTIL SATURDAY DECEMBER 26

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FROM THE ANGLER CREW



December 18December 18, 2015 – It was good fishing today, but you had to weed through the hungry shorts to get to the keepers.   The good bite offset the colder temperatures and rain, and everyone stayed at the rail.

Ray Watson from Livingston, NJ took the pool with a nice 7-pound Tog.

NOT SAILING SATURDAY – WIND GUSTS FORECAST TO 40 KNOTS

SUNDAY LOOKS FINE AND WE SAIL AT 7:00 AM – GALLEY OPEN






December 17, 2015
– We were out fishing on Wednesday and had good conditions and lots of bites, but the keeper ratio was low.   There were a few bigger fish caught and some jumbos were lost.   With the 54-degree water temperature, the bigger fish were not aggressive.   We had our best action inshore and we think that most Tog have not moved off yet.

We did not sail today and by the looks of the weather, we did not miss anything.

Tomorrow (Friday) looks very nice as does Sunday, and if they keep Saturday's forecast for wind gusts to 40, we will cancel.   We will decide tomorrow.

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


December 13December 13December 13, 2015
– It was a tough morning with very little current and a sluggish bite.   We finally ended the day with a good bite when the current ran, but it was mostly in the bow of the boat.
Another nice Fluke for Hardy today and it's December 13!   Steve Lang from Kenilworth, NJ won the pool with a 6-pound Tog.

Good news - our mate Joe had knee replacement surgery Friday morning and he was down at the boat Sunday morning and moseying around with the help of a walker.   That's AMAZING!


NEXT TRIP 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT

NOT SAILING TUESDAY 12/15 AND THURSDAY 12/17 THIS WEEK


December 11 & 12, 2015
– Sorry that we didn't get yesterday's report posted until now.   We had lots of familiar faces on board both days.   Anchoring conditions were tough and we managed some nice fish, but many folks had trouble with the bite and snags.   George Sladek from South Bound Brook, NJ won yesterday's pool with an 8-pound Tog.  Archie Stewart was out on both days and did well fishing the bow; he had three or four nice Blackfish yesterday and had five keepers on a slow day today.

Jose Rayes from Garfield, NJ has been doing well in the stern and today he won a big pool with a 9-pound 2-ounce Tog.   Today, we also caught a keeper-size Fluke on a crab.   Sunday looks like the last of the warm days.

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SAILING 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY 12/16 & FRIDAY 12/18 – FIRST BOAT OUT – GALLEY OPEN

NOT SAILING MONDAY 12/14, TUESDAY 12/15 AND THURSDAY 12/17


December 10December 10
December 10, 2015 – The weather is great and we know we should be careful about what we ask for, but we could use some more wind, and a west wind would be best.

Some big Tog came over the rails again today with Ken from Clifton, NJ taking the pool with a Blackfish over 8 pounds.   We love this time of the year since we get to wet a line and we're enjoying the Tog fishing this fall.   With some luck, the fishing should hold up for a month since water temperatures are still in the 50s.

SAILING 7:00 AM FRIDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT AND THE GALLEY IS OPEN


December 9December 9December 9, 2015 – We had very tough conditions to start the day.   There was a big swell into the breeze and current, and that made it impossible for the boat to lay right.   When we got enough current to stay put, the fish bit with some nice keepers coming aboard.

Bill Gilleran from Bridgewater, NJ nailed the pool today.   Green crabs seemed to work best today.   No Cod today, but we had a couple of Ling at the Scotland Grounds.   The weather looks good for the next four days.

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




December 6December 6December 6December 6, 2015 – It was an okay day today with a few nice Cod plus some good-sized Tog.   Folks in the bow and stern did best with the middle not so good.   There seemed to be lots of bites and the short action was good.   Keeper Togs came in spurts and white crabs seemed best.

The weather is what made up for the bite and you had to love the flat ocean.

Conner from Montvale, NJ won the pool with a nice 8-pound Tog plus a few more.   Rachel also had some big fish and Mike the Plumber just missed the pool on our last drop.

The weather looks very nice for the next five days and our galley will be open every day but Wednesday.   We have green and white crab baits on board.

The ANGLER is NOT SAILING Monday 12/07 and Tuesday 12/08

NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY 12/09 – NO GALLEY


December 5December 5
December 5, 2015 – Today, we had a flat calm ocean and very nice weather for December.   Overall, it was another good day with limit catches and only a couple of folks not doing well, and all the ladies caught fish today.   White legger baits seemed best today.

Jose Reyes from Garfield, NJ scored another pool.   Shorty Lewis from Patterson, NJ had a limit catch and caught our only Cod today.   Sunday's weather looks very nice.

SAILING 7:00 AM SUNDAY – GALLEY OPEN

The ANGLER is NOT SAILING Monday 12/07 & Tuesday 12/08


December 4December 4, 2015
– We had a good bunch of ANGLER regulars show up for beautiful weather day and a good Tog bite.   There was good fishing around the boat with both green and white crabs working.   The fish bit hard today and there were a few Cod and Sea Bass in the mix.   George Sladek from South Bound Brook, NJ won the pool with a nice 9-pound 2-ounce white chin.   Some folks had limit catches.

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


December 2, 2015
– We were not out today with the rain and will not go again until Friday at 7:00 AM.   There was a big swell in ocean today and we will give tomorrows west wind a chance to lay the swell down.

NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM FRIDAY 12/04


Just as a reminder, the ANGLER is an open party fishing boat and you don't need to make reservations.   This applies to all of our regularly scheduled fishing trips.   Like other party boats, we work on a first come, first serve basis, so all you need to do is arrive at the boat anywhere from one to one-half hour before sailing time.   You can also make an advanced purchase through Zerve and we strongly recommend it.   Trips often sell out!

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