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Party Fishing Boat ANGLER - Atlantic Highlands, NJNovember 20, 2014

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 Marina at Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Our specialties are bottom fishing for Ling, Blackfish, Cod, Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder during the day, and Raritan Bay Striper fishing at night.

We look forward to seeing you at the dock.

Captains George Bachert and Jeff Gutman

PORGY & BLACKFISH TRIPS * 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM – TUESDAYS thru SUNDAYS * Fare $65
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ANGLER FISHING REPORTS

November 20, 2014

The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for heavy winds and we are not going to sail until SATURDAY 11/22.
It looks like we should have good weather and sail on Saturday and Sunday.

THE ANGLER WILL BE IN THE SHIPYARD FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE
NOT SAILING MONDAY 12/01 – FRIDAY 12/05


November 16, 2014
– We had a good gang show up for opening day as is normally the case.   Our first drop was the best with some shorts and keepers around the boat, but the stern did best.   We made lots of drops and typically caught a few keepers when we stopped, and when we were getting ready to move, you would see a couple more.  This made us wait to see if they would turn on.   We ended up fishing late and had a good bite in the port bow to end the day.   We had some nice fish on board but there is never enough for everyone.

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There was a dollar pool for the first keeper of the day and Abe Beren from Staten Island got it.   Eric, who was fishing next to him, almost had it with a 14⅞-inch Tog.   We just couldn't stretch it.   Abe caught a bigger fish later in the day and took the daily pool too.

This week's weather is looking lousy with wind and freezing temperatures in the forecast.   We are not going to sail again until Friday 11/21.   We don't want folks coming down and then not have enough to sail.

NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM FRIDAY 11/21


November 12November 12November 12, 2014
– We had thick fog all day, but the Blackfish cooperated today.   We had a good Tog bite after yesterday's slow fishing.

We stayed inshore and didn't see as many Porgies, but there were some Sea Bass mixed in.

Jim Custer took the pool and Archie was high hook.   We will be Tog fishing for part of the day until Sunday when the limit increases.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – NO GALLEY



November 11November 11November 11, 2014
– We started today looking for some Tog, but we didn't find much.   It took a while to get a few keepers to bite.   There wasn't much current and there was roller gear working in the area.   We did find some Porgies and Sea Bass further offshore.   The Dogfish where gone for us today, but we are sure they are still around in a little deeper water.

Archie Stewart did it again and won today's pool with a Tog.   We will be fishing a different area tomorrow and we will start with Tog.

NO GALLEY UNTIL SATURDAY

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW


November 9November 9, 2014
– A beautiful day on the water and we reversed yesterday's game plan and started inshore with Blackfish.   We had a good bite on green crabs with everyone going home with fish.   Henry Fengya from Wayne made it two Tog pools in a row today.   We had a bunch of first-timers today who all got the hang of Tog fishing.   We ended the day further off the beach and the Dogfish were still a pain on the soft bait.   There were a few Porgies and Sea Bass in the mix.

We are not sailing tomorrow but we are sailing on Tuesday at 7:00 AM and we will spend some time fishing for Blackfish.

The 6-fish Blackfish limit resumes soon and STARTING ON NOVEMBER 16, WE WILL BE SAILING ON MONDAYS


November 8, 2014
– After not being out for a few days because of the weather, we decided to look offshore for some Sea Bass.   Well we guess the Dogfish had the same idea.   We had to take the clams baits off and fish with crabs to slow them down.   The doggies were everywhere right in to the reef.   We did manage a few Sea Bass, Porgies, Tog plus one Cod, but it was not a good day.

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The pool fish was a Tog caught by Archie Stewart from Nutley.   The weather looks great for tomorrow and we will do much better.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SUNDAY – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


November 4, 2014
– It was a beautiful day on the ocean with a light breeze.   For us, the fishing was just a pick on anchor with more Porgies than Sea Bass.   On the drift, it was the reverse with more Bass.

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Alvin had the fish of the day, a nice Striped Bass that he released since we were outside the 3-mile line and in federal waters.   Mike was leading the pool with a Triggerfish until the last drop when we looked for some Tog.
Henry Fengya from Wayne took the pool with a nice Tog.  The fishing was better today than yesterday's reports, but not up to par.

WE ARE NOT SAILING UNTIL SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8


October 31, 2014
– We had a fair amount of anglers show up for some bottom fishing before the Northeast blow.   The wind was a little more than forecast, but it was nice on anchor.   Fishing was good for most with more Porgies than Sea Bass.   Folks using small hooks, light leaders and small baits did best.   We found the bite to be more subtle and delicate than a normal Porgy bite, but once you tuned in, it was fast fishing.   Ed Ecock from Staten Island won the pool with a nice Sea Bass.  No Tog today and only one short Cod.

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OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM TUESDAY.    This will give the NW wind a chance to calm the ocean.   It's been a tough fall so far.


October 30, 2014
– We hit the nail on the head when we told you to come down today.   The fishing was very good for jumbo Porgies and a good amount of nice Sea Bass.   It was an all-day bite.   Archie Stewart had an 18-inch Porgy and beat out many nice Sea Bass for the pool.   It was good to see many regulars on the boat today.

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Tomorrow is looking very nice again and the fishing should be good.   We will NOT be sailing Saturday or Sunday and our next trip after tomorrow is Tuesday.

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


October 29, 2014
– It was a little bumpy to start the day and we were afraid the wind would come with the warm temperatures in the forecast, but the wind died and the day ended beautiful.   We saw some nice Sea Bass to start with plus a few jumbo Porgies.   We finally found better Porgy life on the high bottom.   Some anglers managed 15 to 20 mixed fish to take home.   We fished a little late to give the Tog a shot and we found some inshore a bit.
Joe Budd from Sayreville had the pool winning Tog today.

The winds look good for the next three days and we will be sailing at 7:00 AM are the first boat out.   We have clam and crab baits.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM – FIRST BOAT OUT


October 26October 26October 26October 26, 2014
– The wind came on with the change of tide and we stayed close to the beach to keep everyone comfortable.   It was almost all Sea Bass today and most were shorts, but with enough action to keep everyone's interest.

The keepers came in spurts with some nice fish.   Very few Porgies today and we think we have to look in deeper water.

Crab baits did produce some nice Tog today for the good anglers.   Bing Andres from Edison had a nice Cod around 7 pounds for the pool.

NEXT TRIP 7:00 AM TUESDAY – NOT SAILING MONDAY


October 25October 25October 25, 2014
– It was a beautiful fall day on the water with nice anchoring conditions.   You had to pick through the Sea Bass to get keepers with some drops very good and others just a pick.   We had to make lots of drops to put a catch together.   There were only a few Porgies today and we spoke to the other captains who also didn't find many chops.   We have crabs on board and there were a few Tog caught.   Jim Custer from Edison took today's pool with a nice Tog.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SUNDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT

NOT SAILING MONDAY


October 21, 2014
– The weather was as predicted and the fishing was good.   Plenty of big Porgies and nice Sea Bass to start the day with no waiting time for bites.   We left the fish biting to look for more Sea Bass and found them with many double and triple headers.   Everyone caught fish today.   Archie Stewart was the pool winner with a nice Tog.   Sorry, no photos today.

The weather looks lousy for the next two days.   We will wait until Saturday to sail again and give Friday's northwest wind a chance to straighten out the ocean.

OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM SATURDAY


October 19October 19October 19, 2014
– We Stayed closer to the beach today and it was nice on anchor.   There was a good bite of mixed size Sea Bass and Porgies.   We spent the second half of the day offshore a bit where we had some nice Tog and others species chewing.   All in all, it was a nice day on the water.

Bucktail Bob won today's pool with a nice Blackfish.   The water temperature was a little cooler today at 63 degrees.   The next few days should get some fish moving.

OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM TUESDAY


October 18, 2014
– The Sea Bass were hungry today and it finally felt good seeing them go into the buckets.   The catch was probably over 95% Sea Bass along with a few Triggerfish, Flounder, Porgies, Tog and even some Fluke.   It is hard to believe the water temperature is still 65 degrees.   Scott Richardson from Bergenfield took today's pool with a nice Triggerfish.

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Tomorrow is looking good with the westerly wind and the ocean near the shore should be nice.   For us, it looks like Tuesday may be our only fishing day this week.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SUNDAY – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


October 13October 13, 2014
– It was another nice red sky in morning sunrise, but this time the day went smooth.   We had good fishing in the morning until the south wind started and then it shut down.   There were lots of little Porgies today, but most guys had from 10 to 30 keepers.   There were plenty of big Sea Bass again and we hope they hang around for the weekend.
The only Tog we had today were shorts.

We do not like the forecast for south and southeast winds for the rest of this week.
WE WILL NOT BE SAILING UNTIL SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 when the Sea Bass season opens.


October 12October 12October 12, 2014
– It was a little cold to start the day, but beautiful by the afternoon.   We had good fishing today for jumbo Porgies up to 16-inches plus some nice Togs as a bonus. Once again, forget about the Sea Bass.   We hope we see as many next week when the season opens on October 18.   Mike Massoyan from Closter, NJ took the pool with a nice Blackfish today.

WE ARE SAILING MONDAY (COLUMBUS DAY) AT 7:00 AM  and we expect very good fishing.   Tomorrow may be the only day we sail this week before next Saturday's Sea Bass opener.

SORRY, NO GALLEY TOMORROW


October 10, 2014
– First off, check out the red sky we had this morning.   Well, we guess this was our warning.   We a shifter break while fishing today and we will not be sailing until it is fixed.  Of course, it is Friday night of a 3-day weekend and it may be as late as Tuesday before we get out again.   At least it was close to the end of the day when the shifter broke and the fishing was over.

Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning...

October 10We started the day with a strong flood tide and the fish would not come under the boat, but laid way back and chumming did not help.   The Porgies were big in the morning, but all midgets between the channels.   Once again, the number of big Sea Bass that went back in the water was a shame.

It was a beautiful day on the water and every one had a few meals to take home.
We know it was better than our next few days will be.


October 9October 9October 9, 2014
– It sure felt good to be back out on the water today.   We took a shot and fished NY waters today, and found big Porgies.

They were the biggest we have seen this year and the fishing was good with a high hook between 25 and 30.   The fishing slowed when the tide changed and we found some more good-sized Porgies with a few Togs to go along with them.   Oh yes, there were plenty of good-sized Sea Bass.   At three whistles, Bill from Bridgewater beat Shorty for the pool with a nice Tog.

The weather looks good for Friday and we will have an extra hour of flood tide, which is best.   This will make for many more fish.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


October 7, 2014 – OUR NEXT BOTTOM FISHING TRIP IS 7:00 AM THURSDAY OCTOBER 9.
   We do not like the forecast for southerly winds tonight and a strong westerly winds tomorrow   At least this should calm the ocean for Thursday.   From the reports we are getting, we have not missed much during the last few days.   Bob will have the Galley open on Thursday.


October 5, 2014
– When you look at yesterday's wind and rain, and the strong westerly today, we guess we were lucky to catch what we did.   We looked over the areas where we have been fishing, but the strong tide and wind forced us down the beach.   We looked for some Porgy readings and didn't see much so we anchored on good bottom where we were catching them at this time last year.   There were plenty of nice Sea Bass along with a few jumbo Porgies, but not good.

At the end of the tide, we went back to where we were catching Porgies earlier in the week and only found a few keepers and shorts.

We are going to wait a few days before going out again with the hopes that the cooling temperatures will bring us some fish.   We will post an update when we think it is time for another try.


October 3, 2014
– If this were four or 5 years ago we would have said we had a great day of bottom fishing.   The fish we had to throw back today could make you cry.   We had so many big to jumbo Sea Bass.   The one fish we would have released anyway was a beautiful 10-pound doormat Fluke.  We had some Triggerfish and we had some Porgies, but it was not good fishing for them.

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A big roll has the ocean torn up and tonight's southerly will only make things worse.   We are not going to shape up Saturday with the forecast for rain and heavy sea conditions.

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5


September 30September 30September 30, 2014
– The Porgies started the day with a very light bite and you needed light tackle to feel the bite.   We changed areas and found some good readings, which produced plenty of Porgies, Sea Bass and some jumbo Blowfish.

Ed Aspril was high hook with 45 Porgies plus 2 Blowfish and many nice Sea Bass that went back.   Sven, a first time Porgy angler, had the pool winning fish.

WE ARE NOT SAILING WEDNESDAY 10/01 AND THURSDAY 10/02 because of the weather




September 29September 29, 2014
– The weather was perfect and there were not many people down for the few boats sailing.   John was high hook with 25 to 30 big Porgies.   Our best fishing was on the end of the flood tide when the current slowed.   We didn't see as many Sea Bass as yesterday, but we still had plenty nice ones that had to go back.

We will not be sailing Wednesday or Thursday this week because of the weather.  Since there are not many folks fishing between the end of the Fluke season and the beginning of the Sea Bass season, we are just sailing on the nicest days.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TUESDAY

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5


September 28, 2014 – We checked out lots of different areas today with some being very good, some fair and some no good.

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If the Sea Bass season was open, it would have been a banner day.   Most of the Porgies were good-sized and we had some Flounder and Blowfish to spice the catch.   Rich Dimitrakis from Whippany, NJ took the pool with a Triggerfish.

WE WILL BE SAILING MONDAY 9/29 and we are watching the weather for the rest of the week


September 27September 27, 2014
– It was not the way we would have scripted it, but Thursday's nor’easter chased most of the Fluke.   We had a good group of anglers looking to win the Big Pool, but the best we could do today was Mike the Plumber’s 4-pound pool fish.   It was tough with only eight keepers today.

The crew of the ANGLER wants to say thanks to all the folks who made it a fun filled and enjoyable Fluke season.   Special thanks go to both Jim and Archie for being so generous with the pool.

Tomorrow, the ANGLER starts ¾-day bottom fishing for Porgy, Tog, Triggerfish and whatever else lives on the wrecks.



WE WILL SAIL MONDAY 9/29 SINCE IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S THE ONLY WEEKDAY WITH OKAY WEATHER

OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


September 24September 24September 24September 24, 2014
– We had an east wind all day and it made for tough conditions.   We did find some nice Fluke again today with 11 keepers on our best drift.   It is a shame that the weather has soured with so many nice fish around and we will lose the next two days.   We are sure it would have been a banner day if we didn't have the wind.

On one drift, we had three keepers on at once with Mr. Kim landing a 7½-pound Fluke and Joe Rod from Sayreville with an even 8-pounder.

OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM SATURDAY

OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $3,000


September 23, 2014
– Big Fluke continue to bite!   Bill Karg from Millington, NJ caught our biggest Fluke of the year, a 13-pound 2-ounce beauty.   Up to then, Bill's brother Tom had been leading today's pool with a nice 7-pound Fluke.   After that, there were some more 7- and 8-pounders caught.   We ended the day with 30 to 40 keepers.

September 23September 23September 23Bill was not in our Big Pool so Jim Custer from Edison still leads it with a 9-pound 9-ounce Fluke.  Jim has been lucky; last week Alvin had a ten pounder that was not in the Big Pool and now a thirteen pounder not in the Big Pool.

Number wise it was not great, but the action was steady all day and the size is great.


We will be down at our dock in the morning and hope to get the day in before it starts blowing.   We will not sail Thursday and on Thursday night, we will decide what we are going to do on Friday.

SORRY, NO GALLEY ON WEDNESDAY

OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $3,000

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5


September 21, 2014
– We had a nice gang of regulars show up today for our last Sunday of Fluke fishing.   With over $3,000 in our Big Pool and the big fish we had this past week, many anglers where looking for the big one and a chance to end their season with some more flatties.   We had a pretty good day with some folks getting two and three keepers while other folks had all shorts.   Rick Mhurczek from Scotch Plains had a 7-pound pool winning Fluke plus two other nice keepers.   We are lucky to have so many good flukers who fish with us as they keep working all day.

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The ocean is still a mess from the last few windy days winds and we have been catching fish around the hook where it is pretty nice.   Tomorrow's forecast for northwest winds should give us good conditions and maybe fix the ocean for later in the week.

GALLEY IS OPEN EVERY DAY

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW OVER $3,000


September 18September 18September 18, 2014
– We had another good day on the Fluke grounds with lots of jumbos.   Jim Custer was back again and had a great day with 8-pound and 9-pound Fluke plus many others.   Jim told us it was his best day for big fish.   All we can say is good job!

Scott also did well with three keepers including 6-pound and 7-pound fish.   Once again, the bite was good at the change of tide and we just picked during the rest of the day.   Jigging was best, but there were fish caught on bait as well.  As always, some folks did good while others only had shorts.


Here is our take on the upcoming weather.   If it blows as forecast, you can forget about fishing where we have been catching the big ones.   We had some groups coming down, but they put it off until next week.   We can fish behind the hook, but we don't know about catching.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – SORRY, NO GALLEY

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20


September 17September 17September 17, 2014
– We think we would all sign a contract right now to reach 88-years young and still be fishing.   Then how about catching your Fluke of a lifetime – a 10-pound doormat!
Well, Alvin Falk from Somerville, NJ did just that today.   Alvin has fished with us for over 35 years (on the SEA FOX, the FISHERMEN, the TEAL and now on the ANGLER.)   A loyal customer and a friend who was rewarded today, Alvin fishes at least once a week well into the winter on the coldest of days.   The only thing that didn't click for Alvin today was that he was not in our Big Pool.

Jim Custer from Edison also had a lucky day with four nice keepers, and he has done it two days in a row.   Ray from Toms River was also lucky with the last Fluke of the trip, which rounded out his limit catch.   White grubs were the ticket today.

There are 10 days left in the NJ Fluke season and tomorrow looks very nice.   You never know.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – GALLEY OPEN

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,000


September 16September 16September 16, 2014
– You needed rain gear today.  The forecast was for a chance of showers from midnight to 6 AM.   Well, it rained until at least noon.   Cigar Bob got a fluke as soon as his bait hit the bottom today.  It was over 6-pounds and took today's pool.   For most of today, we picked at shorts with a few keepers mixed in.   Jigging got hot when the drift slowed at the end of the day and the sun came out.

On the last drift of the day, Jim Custer got three keepers on Spro jigs.   It was not as good today as it has been, but we are sure it was the weather.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – SORRY, NO GALLEY


OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,000

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – No open boat morning trip


September 15, 2014
Tom Hatfield from Ocean Grove had a great day on the ANGLER today.   He caught seven keeper Fluke and three of them were over 6-pounds including the pool fish.   Other folks had two, three or four keepers and some had none.   We wish everyone caught them, but it never works that way.   Over the years, we have seen many folks be high hook one day and get the skunk the next day.   From the reports we see, some of the best Fluke fishing the last few days has been on the ANGLER, but we know that can change tomorrow.   One thing in our favor is we carry very good anglers.















We had computer problems since last Wednesday, but we will catch up and post as many photos as we can.    Last week, the east wind kept us at the dock on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.   When we went out last Thursday, we had a stiff north wind and spent the morning looking down the beach where we had good Sea Bass fishing, but no good Fluke fishing.   We ended Thursday in Sandy Hook channel where we found mostly shorts and just a few keepers.  Last Friday was not much better with our best fishing on the change of tide.   Saturday was even tougher with a strong east wind, but we managed to get fair short action with some keepers mixed in plus a nice 7-pound pool fish.   We found lots of hungry big Fluke on Sunday.   Today was a carbon copy with some folks doing well and some not.

The NJ Fluke season ends on September 27!   Time is running short and the winds look good all week so join us for some nice Fluke fishing.

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,000

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

WE ARE CHARTERED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – No open boat morning trip


September 14, 2014
– Sorry for the delay in getting ANGLER fishing reports and trip photos online.   Captain George is having computer problems.

Fluke fishing has been good during the last few days.   Today, Gary put together a limit catch and it included an 8-pound pool winning Fluke.   Second place honors went to Kirk with a 7-pound Fluke.   There were four other Fluke weighing over six pounds today.

Yesterday, Bob from Port Monmouth won the pool with a 7-pound Fluke.

THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – No open boat morning trip


September 7September 7September 7, 2014
– The day started to the north; the drift was very quick and we only got a few keepers on each drift.   We looked down the beach and liked what we saw - it was devoid of boats.   On the first stop, we had great action with shorts and birds plus some keepers in the mix.   If we could have kept 17½-inch Fluke, it would have been a banner day.   Some of the keepers were very nice like Jose Reyes' 8-pound pool winning fish.

By the end of the day, everyone had plenty of action and some did well with keepers.   Jim Custer from Edison was able to catch another limit on light jigs when the drift slowed.

We will not be sailing until Thursday unless the weather forecast changes.


September 6September 6, 2014
– We had tough conditions today with an outgoing tide and a southwest breeze.   There was a fast drift in the channels and too many people were fishing without enough weight.   We did manage some nice fish and ended the day with around 40 keeper Fluke.  Matt Cordova from Glenn Gardner, NJ took the pool with a fish weighing around 8 pounds.   The jiggers who knew how to work their jigs caught fish.   Archie had four nice keepers on jigs.

Tomorrow's weather looks good, but there are differing forecasts for Monday and Tuesday.   If there is too much wind from the east, we would not sail.   We will check the forecasts again on Sunday afternoon.

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,900


September 5September 5September 5, 2014
– The drift was good when we started and there was a good bite with plenty of shorts and some nice keepers coming aboard.   We fished lot of different areas today taking advantage of the outgoing tide.   There is one helluva spread of Fluke and we think with all the shorts, the bigger fish have a hard time beating them to the hook.   We saw many double headers today.

Doug Walsh had a nice pool fish weighing 7-pounds 11-ounces to go along with two other keepers.   Both bait and jigs worked today.   The weather looks good for tomorrow with light SW winds and no rain.


SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,900


September 4September 4September 4September 4, 2014
– The current was much stronger today and the jiggers did not fare as well as bait anglers.

The short life was good, but keepers were harder to come by for most.   There were a few folks with four keepers and more with two and three.

Don King got 5-pound and 6½-pound Fluke to take the daily pool.

The weather has been great, the fishing is good and we are down to 23 days remaining in the NJ Fluke season.   Don't miss out.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,890
– A 9-pound 9-ounce Fluke is in the lead


September 3, 2014
– It was another good day of Fluke fishing and catching.   The day started with a fast drift with the wind and tide together.   The stern did best to start, but when the drift slowed, the bow came to life in a big way.  Jim Custer had no problem catching his limit and then some.   In the end, every cast got a bite and his lucky spot was hot today.   TBPTB Saturday regulars Mark and John fished their favorite spot in the stern and had nine keepers (Mark had the limit catch.)   87 years young Frank had loads of Fluke and four keepers on bait.

Barry Paull of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County also had four keepers and his last fish on the last drift took today's daily pool.

We did have a slow period in the middle of the day when we lost the drift, but the beginning and ending were good.

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OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,890

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


September 2September 2September 2September 2, 2014
– It was nice summer weather on the ANGLER today and we had another good day of Fluke fishing.

The stern was hot first thing this morning with Pat catching four keepers in short order.

Conditions were on the tough side with the wind against the tide after the tide changed.

The boat either went ahead or backed up.   The jiggers in the bow had the best action on the flood tide.   Even though the boat backed up with the stern going over the fish first, the bow was catching keepers and the stern mostly shorts.

Jim Custer was the first to limit out and then Pat.   Joe Byers from Toms River fished in the bow and got a Fluke over 7 pounds to win today's daily pool.   There were other 5- and 6-pound fish aboard.   The weather looks good all week so pick a day and join us.

OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $2,800

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


September 1September 1September 1, 2014
– It was good to see many folks out for their first trip on the ANGLER for Fluke this year.   As usual, the action was very good and some did well with keeper Fluke while others had shorts.   There were many times with six or more Fluke on at a time and many fish were big enough to have been last year's keepers.   Big Gulp baits did best with the keepers today.

Jose and Robindra did well with the big Fluke and Jose just lost the pool to Yoon from Korea.   The Tuesday regulars will have a great day tomorrow as the winds and tides look perfect.

No one hit the $10 Big Pool so everyone who entered is still in it until the end of the NJ Fluke season on September 27.
The Big Pool is now over $2,900 and the fish to beat is Jim Custer's 9-pound 9-ounce Fluke.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


August 31, 2014
– We had very good Fluke fishing today many fish weighing from 5 to 7 pounds.

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Archie and Jim jigged in the bow and limited out with five keepers each, but they must have caught 90 to 100 Fluke.   Tim McHale from Bogota won the daily pool with a Fluke over 7 pounds.   We also had two youngsters catch their first ever keeper Fluke.

LABOR DAY SPECIAL – We will try to leave by 7:00 AM so we can catch the tide change

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,750


August 30August 30August 30, 2014
– The great Fluke fishing continues with an all-day bite, limit catches and big Fluke.   It was a fun day with nice people and very good fishing.   Today, Eddie C from Philadelphia had a Fluke over 8 pounds to win the daily pool.   Three-day holidays are always light on people, so don't miss good fishing with plenty of room.

There is $2,730 in the Big Pool.    If you are in it and catch a fish over 10 pounds tomorrow or Monday, you get half the pool and the pool starts over the next day with no one in it.   We are fishing where we caught a 12-pound Fluke earlier this week and you never know.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY


August 29August 29August 29, 2014
– Let's start by clearing up this swell controversy.   We are not fishing behind Sandy Hook in Raritan Bay.   We are fishing in Ambrose and Sandy Hook Channels, in the ocean and off the beach.   We have not had a swell all week.

We have spoken to captains to the south and they have had big swells, which of course Fluke do not like.   On the north end of the Jersey shore, the swell has not made it to Scotland grounds due to the strong currents.   If we had a swell, we would not be catching Fluke in the ocean.   We would seek calm waters to catch fish.   The weathermen play it up as if it is the end of the world.

We had very good Fluke fishing again today with some very nice fish.   Jim Custer from Edison (our Big Pool leader) took another daily pool today with a 7-pound 8-ounce Fluke.   Rick had second place at 7-pounds 7-ounces.   We had to weigh the fish at the dock since they were too close to tell on the balance scale.   We had many folks with three, four and five keepers.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,710
– A 10-pound Fluke gets half up until Labor Day


August 28August 28, 2014
– Well it truly sucked today.   There was great weather, great fishing, but no people.   The smart folks that went fishing today had a great day.
It was drop and reel fishing.

Tom took the daily pool with a 6½-pound Fluke.   We have had four great fishing days in a row.   The Fluke are schooling up and feeding for their swim offshore.   Don't wait to hear you should have been here yesterday.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

OUR BIG POOL IS $2,690


August 27August 27, 2014
– We started the day where we left them biting yesterday and found only a few.   Moved to another area and found the Fluke biomass.   There was non-stop action with the only problem being the shorts were on the bait immediately.   On one drift, we had over 500 shorts and 40 keepers.

Ralph and Zack Bonard from Ogdensburg, NJ took the pool with a 6½-pound Fluke.   We wait all year long for this kind of fishing.

The weathermen are killing the shore with their bull about dangerous ground swells.   We had much worse seas last week than today.   The northwest winds forecast for tomorrow should be ideal.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW


August 26, 2014
– No doormats like yesterday, but there were more Fluke than you could shake a stick at.   The action could not be better with tons of shorts plus keepers and big Sea Bass.   After last week's fishing, this is just what we needed for the last week of August.   Teddy Z. from Hackettstown added yet another pool to his credit with a 6½-pound Fluke.   Tomorrow is looking very good.

OUR BIG POOL IS $2,670 AND THIS IS WHEN WE CATCH THE BIG ONES

TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


August 25August 25, 2014
– Good action today with plenty of shorts and some quality fish in the mix.   No limit catches, but John did manage four nice keeper Fluke.   Brian Migliaccio landed our biggest Fluke of the year, a beautiful 30-inch 12-pound specimen.    We were about to end a drift when folks shouted up that we had a big fish on.   We knew by the way it was taking drag that it was a good one.   We let our Big Pool leader Jim Custer know that there was a big one on.   Brian did a great job bringing the fish to the net and Little Joe had no problem scooping it up.  When we measured it at 30 inches, we knew it was over 10 pounds and it was fat.   A Boga-Grip scale on the boat showed 12 pounds and we weighed it again at the dock at an even 12 pounds.   Brian was not in the season-long Big Pool, so Jim still leads.   The Big Pool is now over $2,600 and a Fluke weighing over 10 pounds takes half the pool money up until Labor Day.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM THE REST OF THIS WEEK


August 24August 24, 2014
– Finally, after tough conditions for the past few days we were able to drift and had plenty of Fluke today.   While some folks only had short Fluke, the jiggers scored with some nice keepers and had a number of Fluke over 5 pounds.

Chip made a limit catch.   Roy Smith had four keeper Fluke plus Sea Bass.   His biggest fluke at 6¾-pounds took the pool.   Jose had a big fish on the last drift and wound up catching four keepers.   Jose - thanks for the mondongo soup.   Yummy!   Bob the Cook had a couple of nice keepers on bait.   It was a very nice day of Fluke fishing.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY and the winds look good




August 23August 23, 2014
– We had a bunch of our Saturday regulars out and they worked hard for what we caught.   Conditions were tough again today, but we did manage some nice keeper Fluke.   Our best fishing was the end of the day when the tide slowed and we had a good short bite with some keepers mixed in.

Dave Sinker from Howell started the day by winning the first keeper pool and the daily pool.

The forecast is for less wind tomorrow and if so, it will give us more options.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY

OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $2,600


August 22August 22, 2014
– Thanks to the weatherman, there were not many people on any of the boats today.   However, there was no rain and it was a pretty day.   We had a few keeper Fluke on our first drift, which was at the tide change.   After that, it was tough going with mostly shorts and just the odd keeper.

Joe Ursino from Ocean Grove won the pool today.   Everyone stuck in there and we did manage a few keeper Fluke at the next tide change.

SAILING 7:00 AM SATURDAY and we will be giving it hell






August 20August 20, 2014
– We had plenty of action again today, but the keeper ratio was not good.   The current was strong and gave us a quick drift.   When the drift slowed, the bigger Fluke bit and the keeper ratio was better.
Jim and Archie jigged loads of fish today and each ended the day with four nice keepers.   Jim also got the pool with a Fluke around 7 pounds.   It was also nice to have a bunch of kids out today.

When the tide turned, we only had one good drift out of it and then the wind picked up making the drift too fast.   Light winds are forecast for tomorrow and it should be good if the forecast holds.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT


August 19August 19, 2014
– We made the best of a stiff east wind against the tide to start the day and had some good Fluke fishing today.   The short action was very good with the lucky ones finding the keepers.   The jiggers did best today.

Brian Ochoa from Lavallette had a nice 28-inch 8¾-pound pool winning Fluke.

WEDNESDAY LOOKS GOOD AND WE SAIL AT 7:00 AM








August 18August 18, 2014
– We took a ride offshore knowing that the drift would be too quick where we had some nice fish yesterday.   Only found a few keepers and not much life.   Worked our way back inshore and found a good bite on the shorts with a nice drift.   The keepers started to come and there were a few big fish mixed in.   Nick Sanzi from Marlboro won the pool with a 7½-pound fluke.   Nick and his dad had six keepers.   It was a good afternoon after a slow morning.   Tomorrow's wind change should help.

7:00 AM SAILING TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT

GALLEY OPEN

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,520


August 17August 17, 2014
– We had a couple of good shots at the Fluke today, but overall it was much slower than yesterday.   We believe the cause was drifting conditions for the most part, which should improve tomorrow if the wind holds off as forecast.

Scott Rever from Basking Ridge pulled a nice fish for the pool.   Scott has been good at getting limits and pool fish.   Many fish just missed today.   Jigging big baits was best.

7:30 SAILING ON MONDAY AND THE WEATHERMEN SAY IT IS THE PICK OF THE WEEK






August 16, 2014
– It was good Fluke fishing on the ANGLER today with plenty of big fish.   For some reason, the stern out-fished the bow today.   Mike Speck from New Providence had a beautiful 28½-inch 9¼-pound pool fish just 5 ounces off the current big pool leader.  Jose Reyes from Garfield had a limit catch with four of his Fluke weighing over 5 pounds.   Robindra Karmaker from Princeton Junction also limited out with three fish over 5 pounds.   We had tough conditions, but good anglers made all the difference today.

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OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,470

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY


August 15, 2014
– Fluke fishing was much better today.   Conditions were tough, but we were still able to get them to chew and we even had three limit catches.   We knew the fish were there yesterday, but not eating after the storm.

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However, the water was much cleaner today and every one worked hard.   Cigar Bob won today's pool with a Fluke around 7 pounds.   Oops!   It looks like the boys never took his picture.   Sorry, Bob.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY


August 14August 14August 14, 2014
– Today we had a plan and we stuck to it.   With a west wind and flood tide for most of the morning, we knew we would have no drift in the Reach so we headed down the beach.  

We made a quick stop up north, but the water was dirty and there was not much drift.   We then ran until the water cleared and we found a few shorts and one Fluke that was missing his tail and had that not happened, it would have been someone's dinner.   We went further south, but only found shorts.   We started back north wanting to be in the Reach for the tide change.   We stopped where we had short life earlier and managed a single keeper.

We then steamed back north and got to the Reach for the tide change and it was disappointing.   We had a drift but only got a few shorts and keepers.   The big fish did not want to chew.   It was a tough day to be a party boat captain.  No doubt, yesterday's poor weather got us today.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY and we have a score to settle!


August 12, 2014
– For a change everything went the way we planned.   An extra hour of flood tide and leaving early paid dividends today; the fluke were hungry when we arrived on the scene.   It was a fast drift, but Gulp and bait worked just right.   The fishing did slow down, but we still caught some nice Fluke on the ebb tide.   There were not many people down at the dock this morning and they missed a good day.   The forecast showed the rain would be late and it was right on.

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Three anglers caught their limits or more today.   Joe made his limit early and Cigar Bob ended the day catching three big keepers and his limit.   Mate John was very busy filleting, taking pictures and netting Fluke, and in the chaos, we did not get a picture of the pool fish, which was 27 inches long and weighed over 8 pounds.

STAY HOME TOMORROW – WIND AND SWELLS FORECAST – WE WILL NOT SHAPE UP

OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:00 AM THURSDAY


August 11August 11August 11, 2014
– We went back to where we had our good fishing Sunday and started where we left off.   We had good fishing right away with Russell Stewart catching four keeper Fluke before 9:00 AM.   He caught all of his fish on bait.   The jiggers were catching, but bait was best to start.   We had some Fluke on the first of the ebb, but the breeze came up and killed the drift and our bite.   Jim Custer jigged his limit plus, but overall fishing slowed to a crawl.   We ended the day in our Bay where the drift and the short action were good, but keepers were rare.   Matt Spand from Lincoln Park, NJ won today's pool.

Tomorrow, we get an extra hour of tide and we sail ½-hour earlier, so we should have an extra 90 minutes of
catching.   The weathermen are forecasting showers, so bring your rain gear.   The forecast says the worst weather will happen late in the day.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM TUESDAY


August 10August 10, 2014
– We had lots of anglers back from yesterday and they put a bunch of Fluke in their coolers today.   We started the day with great action and many more going back then staying.   When the tide changed, so did the keeper ratio with almost more staying than going back over the rail.  The jiggers had it best today with many limit catches.

Pat Kostka from Boonton, NJ won another pool with a Fluke measuring 27 inches and weighing 8½-pounds.   We had lots of big fish today.

Monday is our slowest day of the week, but weather wise it is the day to go.   We should have a repeat performance of today's action.




August 9, 2014
– Beautiful weather and nice people made for a good day.   Our best fishing today was around the change of tide in Sandy Hook channel.   We caught the change first thing this morning and again at the end of the trip.   The bow of the boat did much better with keepers today but for some reason, there were few keepers in the stern.  Archie Stewart from Nutley, NJ won today's pool.   In the middle of the day, we looked offshore and had some nice Sea Bass and a few keeper Fluke, but nothing good.

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SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY

GALLEY OPEN EVERY DAY


August 8August 8, 2014
– The drift was on the quick side for most of the morning and anglers needed heavy weights to hold bottom.   We fished a wide area and had some nice Fluke and Sea Bass.   Some folks did okay while others didn't.   The channel bite was mostly shorts today.   Teddy Ziegert from Hackettstown, NJ took today's pool with a Fluke weighing around 7-pounds and had a 5-pounder too .   He is no stranger to big fish as he won our Season Big Fluke Pool two years in a row and this was his second daily pool this week.   Good job Teddy!

It looks like a good weekend coming up.   We are sailing at 7:00 AM Saturday and we should have a good change of tide bite right away.

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,410


August 7August 7August 7, 2014
– We had good fishing right away again today, but it was short lived.   The drift picked up and the fishing slowed down.  Some anglers like John Husar, fished with bait and enough weight and did okay.   He had four keepers early including the first keeper $ pool.

We went back to where Chuck had his 9-pound pool fish yesterday and Mickey Dubner from Suffern, NY caught its 28-inch 9-pound twin sister.   Yes, they were both females.   Mickey's daughter Vicky caught a 5-pound fish next to her dad.

The drifting conditions hurt us today.   The Fluke are here and it looks better for Friday.

OUR BIG POOL IS $2,380 – A 10-POUND FLUKE TAKES 1/2 OF IT UP UNTIL LABOR DAY

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


August 6August 6August 6, 2014
– It was game on from the get go with 13 keepers on the first drift and more shorts than you could shake a stick at.   These Fluke game from somewhere.   We don't know from where, but thank goodness.   A few folks had limit catches and there were fish on all day.

Chuck Hoffman from Tabernacle, NJ had a 28-inch fluke that tipped the scales at an even nine pounds.   There were many other 6 to 7 pound Fluke.   Jigging seamed best today, but bait also worked well.   The weather looks great again for tomorrow.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


August 5, 2014
– We found some big Fluke on the rough bottom today.   We had a couple of fish in the eights plus many in the fives, sixes and sevens.   We got the big fish right away with perfect conditions on the last of the ebb tide.   When the current and wind died, we checked out some new areas and found good life in most of them with the best being when we stopped on rough bottom.   Added to the catch was a good number of nice Sea Bass.

Sailing at 7:00 AM gave us some extra time during the morning ebb tide and tomorrow we will have another extra hour.

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Elijah Tuchman from Chester, NY won the pool with an 8¼-pound Fluke just beating out Bill.   There were a number of folks with personal bests today.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM – FIRST BOAT OUT!


August 4August 4August 4August 4, 2014
– There was no problem finding Fluke today, but it took some searching to find the keepers.   At that, we know of two anglers who caught over 50 Fluke today, but didn't get any keepers.

Matt had his limit plus and Dennis DePalma from Montville took today's pool.   We also saw our best Sea Bass fishing today.   It was a nice day of fishing for a good bunch of anglers.

This week's weather looks great and we are open every day, so come on down and join the fun.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM – FIRST BOAT OUT!


August 3August 3August 3, 2014
– We did okay today with Fluke and there were many 4 to 7 pound fish.

Teddy Z from Hackettstown took the pool with an 8¼-pound Fluke.

We fished a couple of new areas and found some better fishing than we have seen in a few days and it looks good for tomorrow.

OUR BIG POOL IS WORTH OVER $2,300

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


August 2August 2, 2014
– The morning was tough with a lot of rain and wind with only a few keepers.   We ended the day in our Bay and had plenty of action.   While some folks had many shorts, there were some nice keepers mixed in.

Jose Reyes took the pool with a 7-pound Fluke and had four keepers.   Sunday's weather is looking much better and we sail at 7:30 AM.   Our Galley is open.

OUR BIG POOL IS WORTH OVER $2,300


July 31July 31July 31, 2014
– We went back to where we fished yesterday and it looked good to start with eight nice keeper Fluke on the second drift with Jim having three quick keepers.   After that, it fell apart with only one keeper per drift with some nice Sea Bass.   We checked a number of new areas that normally produce this time of the season, but didn't find much.

We finished the day in our Bay with the start of the ebb and a south wind providing great conditions and good short life.   Then in the last couple of minutes, Kurt Berry from Hatfield, PA hooked and landed the pool fish of around 7 pounds and beat out Walter's 6-pound fish that led all day.   It goes to show you, it isn't over until it's over.   Some folks did okay today, but not a good day.

WE ARE CHARTERED TOMORROW FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 – No open boat morning trip.


July 30July 30July 30, 2014
– Yesterday we said that with the forecast for light winds today, the casters would dominate.  It was just as we suspected and with little to no drift, the casters scored and the bait draggers had a tough day.

Scott Rever from Basking Ridge not only had his limit on jigs, but a nice 7½-pound pool fish too.   Jim Custer also jigged his limit and then some.   It was a perfect weather day and okay fishing.

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 – No open boat morning trip.


July 29July 29July 29, 2014
– We had nice conditions for fishing the New York side today with a pretty good northwest breeze.   Our best fishing was this morning with the fishing slowing down when the tide changed.   The short action was fair with a few big Porgies and Sea Bass mixed in.

Percy was high hook with four Fluke and the pool fish was around 6 pounds.

The weather looks good the next few days, however with light winds forecast; we think jigging will do better than bait.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
– No open boat morning trip.


July 27July 27July 27, 2014
– We were afraid to fish where we have been with the strong southwest wind so we headed down the beach.

It has been at least three weeks since checking it out and not much has changed.   Today was not a good day keeper wise.   Plenty of shorts with a few keepers mixed in.   We found some nice fish up North and should do okay tomorrow.

OUR BIG POOL IS WORTH OVER $2,100

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY



July 26July 26July 26, 2014
– The day started out good with 30 keepers on the first two drifts with a couple of 8-pounders, but it went downhill after that.   We lost the drift and there were too many boats.   Weekends can be tough.   Jigging was best today.   Brenden Woerner from Colonia had an 8½-pound pool fish just beating out Jose Reyes from Garfield who had an 8¼-pound Fluke.   Jose was on vacation this week and totaled 28 keepers for the week.   Fishing was much slower today than the last few days, but it was a nice day on the water and a lot of fun.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
– No open boat morning trip.



July 25, 2014
– It is probably a good thing that the wind died and we lost conditions or we would have caught too many Fluke.   Fish were flying over the rail when the boat drifted.   When we lost the drift, the casters still caught.

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Ken Kislak from Clifton had a 7-pound Fluke for his personal best and won today's pool.   Christian Stroman from Staten Island had the trip of a lifetime catching 14 keepers.   That is the best we have seen anyone do in a long time, and yes, he only kept his limit.   There were plenty of familiar faces with limits.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


July 24July 24July 24, 2014
– It was game on as soon as the sinkers hit the bottom with Fluke eating both bait and jigs.   Bait was catching the bigger fish and soon almost everyone was using it.

Archie Stewart led the way with the first limit catch, but many others soon joined him.   Jose Reyes from Garfield took the pool with a 6¾-pound Fluke that rounded out his limit catch.

There were also some nice sea bass in the mix.   This was our best fishing in a while.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY


July 23July 23July 23, 2014
– We picked away at the Fluke all day with more quality fish and better short action.

Chung Kim from Aberdeen had a 7-pound pool winning fish.   Today, the Fluke were eating both bait and jigs.   The weather looks good for tomorrow.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY







July 22, 2014
– We had our Tuesday regulars on board today and as usual, they gave it their all.   We had a little better fishing today and it was mostly on bait.   We had a dollar pool for the first keeper and it did not take long for Barry to catch it and just beat out Al Katz from North Woodmere, NY.   However, Barry probably would have rather caught Al's 7-pound pool winning Fluke.

Although there was more action than yesterday, we just managed about one keeper per person.   High hook was Justin Somer from Edison with four keepers up to 6 pounds.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW


July 21, 2014
– Today was the opposite of yesterday.   It was flat calm with not much drift.   We didn't have many people today and each drift had a few shorts and a keeper or two.   All in all, it was slow fishing, but almost everyone managed at least one keeper and it was very nice on the water.   We had a tie for the pool today with Alex Turko from Florida and Maurice Clark from East Orange sharing the honors.   Bait was best today.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TUESDAY


July 20July 20July 20, 2014
– The fishing was nothing like yesterday with only a keeper or two on each drift and a few shorts.   No doubt, the northeast wind hurt the drift and the catching.   Conditions mean everything in Fluke fishing.

Greg Szeremeta from Hillsboro had a 7-pounder to take a nice pool.   Cigar Bob kept his 'no skunk' streak on the Angler alive with two keepers.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW OVER $2,100


July 19, 2014
– We had nice weather and good Fluke fishing for the second a Saturday in a row.   The Fluke wanted both jigs and bait today, and it was a nice day to be a party boat captain.   Tim Rupp from Lafayette caught his limit and the 6¾-pound pool fish.   Everyone caught fish today, but some only shorts while others added keepers to their coolers.

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SAILLING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
– No open boat morning trip.


July 18July 18July 18, 2014
– Once again, we had okay Fluke fishing with some good short action for the day and almost everyone had a keeper or two.   For the most part the conditions were poor and had the drift been better, it would have been a banner day.   Bait was best again today.

Joe Rodd from Sayreville had a 6¾-pound pool winning fish.  Al Cohen from Hazlet had four keepers and the second place fluke at 6½-pounds.   Tomorrow's conditions look better and we should have a good day.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY



July 17July 17July 17July 17, 2014
– We had nice weather and better than okay fishing with a bunch of Angler Regulars.   It was a good day to be a party boat captain.

Spearing (our boat bait) was what the Fluke wanted today and bait far out-fished jigging.

There were plenty of folks with three and four keepers and Frank and Jim had limit catches.

This is two limit catches in a row for Jim.   The pool fish was an 8-pound Fluke caught by Eddie from Montclair.

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW OVER $2,000

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW


July 16, 2014
– Fluke fishing was okay today, not good or bad, but okay.   We have been out every day with small gangs and each day some catch Fluke and others do not.   As we posted the other day, bait worked best with one girl using a rental rod catching four keepers and many shorts on one drift.   Well today, it was the jiggers catching lots of shorts with some keepers.

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Dave won today's pool with a 6-pound Fluke plus four keepers all jigging.   Jim Custer was right next to him with fish after fish.   Both thanked us for a great day.   A few others had a couple keepers or at least one.   Carl had our first two keepers on bait and then all 17-inch throwbacks.

We have been fishing close to home, so you get plenty of fishing time and the weather looks good.

OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,000

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW

WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED DECK HAND.
   BEST IS TO COME DOWN TO THE BOAT BEFORE SAILING TIME


July 15, 2014
– It was a slow morning but a good ending to the day.   The drift was too fast at the start the day, but we had good fishing when the current slowed.   The pool was tied between Walter and Paul until the last drift when Brad Case from Yardville caught a 7-pounder.   We had no rain until the last 10 minutes of the trip.

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SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW


July 14, 2014
– It was very nice on the water today with calm seas and no rain.   The weather forecast kept many people home and we cannot blame them.   Sometimes you just have to get up in the morning and look outside to see what's happening.   We spent a lot of time in search mode and did find some nice Fluke, but like yesterday, the drift got over 2-knots and ended the bite.   Some folks managed a couple of keepers.

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Jim Custer, who leads the Big Pool with a 9-pound 9-ounce Fluke, lost a real big one today.

Joe Korpics from Easton, PA was our pool winner today.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM TUESDAY





July 13, 2014
– There were not many fluke where we had them yesterday, but we did find some fish in a different area.   We had a good drift until a wind change ruined it.

July 13July 13July 13Today, bait was best with Kristen Boros from Belleville, NJ catching four keepers plus lots of shorts on a boat rod and boat bait.   There were some big Fluke again today with Mark Berry from Telford, PA winning the pool with a 7½-pound Fluke.   We have had big fish all week.   There is a chance of showers for the next three days, but the forecast does not call for much rain and the winds look good.


SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY


July 12, 2014
– We had a good gang show up today and the weather was fine, but conditions were tough with no drift for hours.   We did find some nice Fluke, but the casters did the best with no drift.

July 12July 12July 12Robindra had three of our first eight keepers and was on fire.   He ended the day with four very nice Fluke.   Another person in the same boat was Mike the Plumber; he jigged four big Fluke but could not get number five.   Lupo had three keepers including the pool fish.   Jose, a very good jigger, only had one keeper and came in second best in the pool.



Overall, fishing was much better with more keepers and shorts plus jumbo blues than we have seen in a while.   Just maybe the 'supermoon' is bringing in more fish.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY


July 11July 11July 11, 2014
– We didn't drift much early this morning, but when we finally did, we got some real nice Fluke.   For us, Fluke fishing was better today with many keepers over 5-pounds.   Steve Lavodin from New Paltz, NY had four keepers; three of them were 6-pounds apiece and the other was over 3-pounds.   That's more than 20 pounds for just four fish.   NICE!!!   Steve was jigging.

Jim Custer was also jigging and caught the pool fish at around 7-pounds.   It was a good job by him after losing a pool with an 8-pound Fluke earlier this week.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY

July 10
July 10, 2014
– We had some keepers right away today, but with tough fishing conditions.   There were some shorts, but no great herds.   The best thing was that many of the keepers were 3 to 5 pounds.   We had an invasion of jumbo Bluefish that ate lots of Spro jigs, but we did manage to boat some.   Once again, the conditions killed us with very little drift and if you do not cover ground, you do not catch enough Fluke.   Mike Holldinski from Hillsboro, NJ had a 7-pound Fluke for the pool.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


July 9July 9July 9, 2014
– The conditions were poor where we have been catching big Fluke and it was a tough day.   We only managed a dozen keepers today and many areas we stopped at had none.

Janis Thompson from Newburg won another pool with a 5½-pound Fluke.

Today, the rental rods using bait did best.   Tomorrow is another day and we will give our best shot.






July 8July 8July 8, 2014
Archie, Jim and Mike were back today and they had some big Fluke.   Archie led the pool for a while with a 6¾-pound Fluke and then Jim landed an 8-pound Fluke to take the lead.   Jim's fish was 28½-inches long.   Greg Herring caught a 26½-inch Fluke on the next drift.   When it was pool time, Greg's Fluke was the biggest at 8-pounds 7-ounces and he had three keepers for the day.   We ended the day with 28 keepers with many fish weighing from 4- to 8-pounds.   Jigs caught many of the big fish today, but bait also worked.


July 7, 2014 – It was a tough grind today, but a group of folks had a couple of fish each.   Archie Stewart was one of those and he took the pool.   Jim, Ray and LJ each had two nice keeper Fluke.


July 6July 6July 6, 2014 – Beautiful weather and big Fluke were on today's menu.   It took a while, but we got into those big Fluke we had on Tuesday's trip.   Mike 'the Plumber' Ozeransky from South Plainfield took today's pool with an 8-pound 8-ounce Fluke.   Mike also had a six-pounder and a four-pounder.   Robindra Karmaker from Princeton Junction had a six-pounder and a seven-pounder Fluke in his cooler.   For the day, we had 12 keepers over six pounds plus some 3-, 4-, and 5-pounders.   The best part is we are not fishing structure and you get to take your tackle home other than the gulp the big fish destroy.   What a difference a day makes.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY



July 5July 5, 2014
– We started the day with a lot of wind, a fast drift, some keepers and shorts.   When the wind dropped and conditions got better, the fishing got worse until the end of the day when we had good fishing, but it was all shorts.   It was not too productive with keeper Fluke today.   Tim Rupp from Lafayette, NJ had today's pool fish.

The weather looks much better for tomorrow and we are sure the fishing will also improve.


July 3, 2014 – We fished many different areas yesterday looking for big Fluke and found mostly shorts with one or two keepers per drift.   At least most folks ended the day with a keeper Fluke or two.   Art Stieger from Whiting, NJ won the pool with a 5¾-pound Fluke.

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The weather forecast will keep us at the dock on Friday, but the weather looks great for the weekend and conditions look good for Fluke fishing.   Have a Happy Fourth of July!

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY


July 2July 2July 2, 2014
– We spent most of the day where we had our hot action yesterday and had some more beauties.   We did not have yesterday's action, but almost all folks had fish.   Bill Weber from Newburgh, NY took the pool with a 7½-pound Fluke.   Joe had a pair of 6 pounders plus a 3-pound Fluke.

Thursday's weather looks okay with a chance of morning showers and then no rain for late morning until early afternoon.   Friday's forecast for rain is of more concern and we will make a decision this time tomorrow.   The weekend looks great.


OUR BIG POOL IS NOW OVER $1,800!


July 1July 1July 1, 2014
– We had some of our best Fluke fishing of the year today for our Tuesday regulars.   If your name was Jim and you fished the Angler today, you caught your limit of big Fluke.   Jim Custer from Edison, NJ and Jim Miller from Clifton, NJ both limited out today.

All quality fish in the 3 to 7 pound range.   Gulp bait was the ticket to catching Fluke today.   If you come down tomorrow, ask us what flavor.   With many Fluke over 6 pounds, the pool kept changing hands until Archie Stewart from Nutley, NJ jigged a 7 pounder to take our first July pool.   The weather looks very good tomorrow and we will be looking for a repeat.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


June 30, 2014
– We had good fishing conditions to start the day and had some real quality Fluke.   Ron Konchaski from Union, NJ had the biggest at 8½-pounds and there we other 5 to 6 pound Fluke.   We stayed with it catching a few nice fish each drift until the tide slacked.   We fished Ambrose channel for one drift and found some shorts in the deep and a handful of keepers up the side.

The south wind came on so we headed back into the Bay where we finished the day and added some more keepers and shorts to our catch.   One of the best things about sailing from Atlantic Highlands is being able to catch fish with a strong southerly.   We should be in good shape the next few days when it blows out of the south.

Overall, today was okay for some, but slow for many.   We had a high hook of four and others with three, two, one and none.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TUESDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!


June 29June 29June 29, 2014
– A very nice day on the water today with good drifting conditions.   While everyone on board caught Fluke today, a couple of true sharpies had limit catches.   Sunday regular Mike the Plumber was hot early in the day and had our first limit catch at 10:18, less than 3 hours into the trip.   Jose Reyes was tied with him at 4 keepers, but did not limit out until the very last drift.   Both of them jigged, but bait also worked well.   Tomorrow's weather looks similar to today and it looks like more Fluke are showing up.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY

BIG POOL OVER $1,700!


June 28June 28June 28June 28, 2014
– It was picture perfect weather with good Fluking conditions all day.   Of course, we had to change locations a number of times to find the best drift, but we had Fluke on all but one move and there were all the smooth Doggies you would want.   Jigging and bait both worked with lots of shorts on the jigs and more keepers overall on the jigs.

Charlie Oh from Martinsville had today's pool fish.   Conditions look good again for tomorrow and we sail by 7:00 AM.

OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $1,700!
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June 27, 2014
– We had a good gang out today, but the Fluke fishing was nothing like yesterday.   Conditions were way off and it was mostly shorts with just a few nice Fluke in the mix.

We are looking forward to a nice weekend with our bucktailing regulars.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT!




June 26June 26June 26, 2014
– We liked what we saw condition wise and stopped short today.   We treated our regulars to some very good fishing for big Fluke today.   What a shame the weatherman kept lots of people home since they missed some of the best fishing of the year.

Jigs and bait both worked well today.   As usual, it paid to be the early boat out and the first boat on the grounds.   We had Fluke on right away and caught for almost 4 hours.

An old mate of ours, Rich, is visiting from Orlando, FL and went Fluke fishing three times this week.

Today, he got it right and had six keepers and the pool fish at 7¾-pounds.   Rich fished with bait, but Jimmy and Archie banged away with jigs.   Today was a good day to be a party boat captain.

WE ARE CHARTERED TOMORROW JUNE 27 – No open boat morning trip.


June 25, 2014
– What a difference a day makes!   We caught the change of tide first thing this morning and hit the channels.   The first drop was all shorts, but we made a short move and found some keeper Fluke.   When the current got strong, we moved to the west and found another pocket of Fluke that we played until the south wind killed the drift.

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We had quality fish today with many fish 5 to 6 pounds and a 7-pound pool fish for Ralph Bonard from Ogdensburg, NJ who was out fishing with his young son.   Al katz, a long time regular and excellent Spro jigger had his limit today.   There were other folks with three or four keepers.   It was good to see some nice Fluke moving in after some slow days.

SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – No open boat morning trip.
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June 24, 2014
– We had better short life plus some keepers in the channel today, but you could not repeat the drifts.   We spent the day in the Bay with the strong south wind.   The fishing took a toll when the South wind really kicked in.

There were some nice keepers, but not enough fish.   Let's hope the new moon makes a difference.   Kenny Richards from Marysville had a couple of keepers and won the pool today.

SAILING 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY – GALLEY OPEN

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – No open boat morning trip.


June 23June 23June 23June 23, 2014
– We went right back to where we had good Fluke fishing yesterday afternoon.   The conditions were perfect with a 0.8-knot drift, but the fish were gone.   We only had a few shorts so we checked a few spots in the same area and did find a few quality fish, but not enough.   The next few areas didn't show much, so we hit the channels where we had a few on Sunday.   Once again, some four to six pound Fluke, but only a few.   The flood tide was a repeat of the ebb, with some folks getting lucky but most did not.   It will go in the books as a nice day with slow fishing.

Ray Watson took today's pool with a nice Fluke weighing over 6 pounds.   The weather looks good for tomorrow and we will see if our Tuesday regulars have a better day.

OUR BIG POOL IS WORTH OVER $1,800!

WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, JUNE 27 – No morning open boat trip.


June 22June 22June 22, 2014
– We had the same conditions as yesterday - wind against the tide to start the day only a lot less wind.   Fishing was slow to start, but we did find more keepers and better action as the current slowed.   When the wind and tide finally got together, the Fluke turned on and we had our best fishing in a week.   Many of the fish were big.

Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ took the lead with a 6¾-pound Fluke only to be beat by Mike Ozeransky from South Plainfield with a 7-pound fluke.   If Monday's forecast is correct, we should have a very good day with big Fluke.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY


June 21June 21June 21June 21, 2014
– The strong northeast breeze kept us in the Bay today where we did find some good size keeper Fluke along with short action.   In the morning, we did not move enough, but when the tide changed, it got too fast and this hurt the keeper count.

Fran Wurtenburg from Croydon, PA took the pool with a Fluke weighing over 5 pounds.   If the weather forecast is correct, tomorrow will be much better.


SAILING AT 7:30 AM, SUNDAY AND MONDAY


June 19, 2014
– The threat of rain kept a lot of people home and they missed a nice day on the water.   We are still looking for the mother lode and fished some new areas again today.   We had some shorts and nice keepers, but were never able to repeat a drift.

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Bait again worked the best.   Dave, who had won Monday's pool, was back again with three keepers, but lost the pool to Angelo Kostakes from Holmdel.

Friday's weather looks very nice and we are sailing at 7:00 AM – the first boat out!


June 18, 2014
– There was too much wind to fish the channels this morning, but it was perfect weather for fishing down the beach.   We had one of those sights you rarely see.   There were jumbo Striped Bass blasting bunkers out of the water all over the place.   You could see the poor bunkers jumping with swirling bass right on them.

June 18June 18June 18Fluke fishing was good for shorts today, but there were only a few keepers per drift.   Vin Forte from Hazlet, Texas just nosed out Cigar Bob for the pool.


SAILING AT 7:00 AM
FIRST BOAT OUT





June 17, 2014
– We fished to the north today and had the grounds to ourselves.   What a pleasure!   We found some nice fish in Ambrose Channel for the first time this year.   Most of the keepers were quality fish in the 4 to 5 pound range.

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Shorty Lewis from Patterson, NJ was high hook with four keeper Fluke.   Most anglers had at least one keeper today.   Chip Pfeiffer from Stewartsville, NJ had the pool fish today.   Where we are fishing, there is not a lot of short life.   Bait was best today.

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


June 1June 15, 2014
– We had many of our good Fluke anglers on board today and they worked hard to put some very nice fish in the boat and a decent amount of keepers.

Chui Kim from Palisades Park had our biggest fish, a nice 9-pound, 28-inch Fluke.   Bob Pietrowic from Rockaway had a limit catch of big Fluke.

There were many 5 to 6 pound Fluke today.   The weather looks good for Fluke fishing all week long, so pick your day.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY, AND THEN AT 7:00 AM FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.
Our galley is open.


June 14, 2014
– We started the day in the ocean and only had a few shorts and sand sharks.   The swell was still there.   We had good short action on the next drop.

June 14June 14June 14Mike Cannataro from West Patterson, NJ landed a 6-pound Fluke that lasted all day to take a very nice pool.   After that, we picked away at some shorts and quality Fluke and ended the day with 25 keepers.   Roger took the first keeper $1 pool and ended the day with three keepers along with Artie.

Conditions were tough with a fast drift and bait was best today.   It was a nice day to be Fluke fishing, but we could have used some more keepers.

Jeff fought and brought a big Sturgeon to the boat that we released.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SUNDAY


June 10, 2014
– After yesterday's rain and slow fishing, today started out great.   Conditions were perfect on our first drift and the Fluke were biting.   Today's pool winner was Lance Reis from Morris Plains, NJ.   Cigar Bob had at least 25 Fluke on the first drift with a couple of keepers.   He managed one more keeper Fluke at the end of the day for a total of three.

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Once we lost the drift, the fishing died and it was mostly shorts with only a few more keepers.   Boat bait with Gulp worked best.   Today, everyone had action and went home with fish.   The weathermen spoiled the day for many people; there was hardly anyone out on the water.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


June 8, 2014 – For most of the morning the drift was too slow and at the end of the day, it was too quick.   We did not have the short action of yesterday, but we did see a fair amount of quality keeper Fluke.

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Paul Fox of Garfield, NJ just beat Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ with a Fluke around 6 pounds.   Jim Custer from Edison, NJ was back again with a couple of keepers.

SAILING MONDAY AT 7:30 AM – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


June 7June 7June 7June 7, 2014
– Fluke fishing was much better for today with keepers and shorts.  

Some anglers had over 20 shorts and many had two or three keepers.

Every kind of bait and jig caught Fluke today and the weather was picture perfect.

Once again, the weekend boat traffic was heavy.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY


June 6, 2014
– We had some good action to start the day with some nice keepers and good short action, but it was short lived once the other boats arrived.   The water temperature was 62 degrees and down a couple since Wednesday.   We fished lots of areas looking for keepers, but only found a few.   Some folks had 10 or more shorts, but the keepers where hard to come by.

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Dennis DePalma from Montville, NJ had today's pool fish.   We think Saturday will be much better and we rarely have two slow days in a row.

The weather is looking great, so get down early since we leave at 7:00 AM SATURDAY.
THE ANGLER IS THE FIRST BOAT OUT!


June 4June 4, 2014
– We had good conditions right away, but the Fluke we had been catching were gone.   The water had warmed to 66 degrees and the fish had moved on.   We went looking and only found a few fish, but we ended the day catching some nice keepers.   Most of the regulars managed at least one keeper Fluke for dinner.   Jim Custer from Edison, NJ jigged the pool fish, a 24-inch Fluke between 5 and 6 pounds.

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


June 3June 3, 2014
– What a difference a day makes or should we say a few degrees of warmer water makes.   There was good short life and enough keeper Fluke to go around the boat.

Archie was high hook today with four keepers.   Janice Thompson from NY had three keepers and that included a Fluke over 6 pounds to win today's pool.

The best thing today was that the swell went and the water temperature along the beach was 63 degrees.   This was the first day that the Fluke bit in the ocean in over a week.   We had lots of quality fluke today.

We will be shaping up in the morning and if enough folks show up, we will go.



June 2, 2014
– It was good to see many of our regular Flukers out today.   We had tough conditions for most of the day with very little drift, but with a lot of fishing time we ended the day with an okay catch of keepers.

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Russell Stewart ended the day with 4 keepers and close to 20 shorts.  Others had one, two or three keepers, and a few just had shorts.   Bill Villeran from Bridgewater had a Fluke around 6 pounds for the daily pool.   Most of the keepers were nice and in the 3 to 4 pound class.   The Big Pool is already over a grand$$$.

FIRST BOAT OUT TUESDAY AT 7:00 AM


June 1June 1June 1June 1, 2014
– It was a much nicer day today and fishing was better.   We had a good drift and found some Fluke in a new area.   The fish are moving in.

Russ was fishing the bow jigging and we saw him hook a nice Fluke.   It was a 28½-inch beauty weighing 9 pounds.   He was fishing right next to Jim who had the big pool lead with a 9 pound 9-ounce Fluke on Tuesday that measured 28 inches.   Jim's Fluke was much fatter.   At the same time, Pat had a big fish in the stern.   We have had three Fluke weighing nine pounds or greater this week.   These were big fish, but Captain Eddie on the Sea Horse caught a huge one today.

The weather looks good this week with much warmer temperatures and winds from the west.   We think this should help Fluke fishing a lot.   Some afternoon showers are in the forecast for Tuesday, but it should not hurt the fishing.

SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY – GALLEY OPEN EVERY DAY


May 31, 2014
The wind was much stronger than forecast and made for very tough conditions today.   The strong north wind kept us tucked in behind the Hook.   There were just too many boats and not enough Fluke.   We did find a few fish in the middle but it got too sloppy.   A couple of folks had two keepers and some folks had one, but many had none.   The bright spot was the wind died down, and on our last drift, one angler got four Fluke.

May 31May 31May 31Young Alexia Foca from Hackensack, NJ won the first keeper Fluke pool and it held up all day to win the big Fluke pool.   Way to go girl!

Tomorrow's weather looks much better.







May 30May 30May 30, 2014 – It was a nice day on the water once again with some okay Fluke fishing.   Fishing was good early being the first boat out.   It slowed down when the late comers got out, but we did okay again when we were left alone.   The bottom line is... when the fishing is picky, boat traffic hurts.

Carl Nabas from Pompton Plains took the pool with a 5-pound Fluke.   Another regular, Walter Cohen, made a limit catch. He has been on fire this year.

The cold weather and cool water temperatures along with the east winds have been killing the ocean Fluke fishing and we do not expect any improvement out there until we get some west winds and warmer temperatures.   We saw big fish out there on Tuesday and we hope they head around into Raritan Bay.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – THE FIRST BOAT OUT


May 29May 29May 29, 2014
– The weatherman put the screws to us on Wednesday with a bogus report.   It was nice to be on the water today and we thought we were going to slam the Fluke.  

Lenny Borer from North Bergan had four keepers in the boat at 8:50 AM, but never got his limit.   However, he did win the pool.  It was mostly shorts after that with a few keepers thrown in.  

The ocean didn't look bad, but it was the same story of almost all shorts.   Today, bigger baits produced bigger Fluke.

FIRST BOAT OUT AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY


May 27May 27May 27, 2014
– It was some nice today not having a ton of boats out and we had some of our best Fluke action all alone and we're loving it.   On one drift, we watched Archie and Jim bucktailing with non-stop action.   Archie managed two keepers on that drift and a dozen shorts.   Jim Custer from Edison had all shorts but plenty of them.   He made up for it on the next drift and boated a 9 pound 9-ounce Fluke.

We had three other fish that were between 6 - 7 pounds.   After the second drift, we only picked a few fish and then they shut down.   We had a great morning and a lousy afternoon.   Sailing at 7 AM and being the first boat out made a big difference today.


WE ARE NOT SAILING WEDNESDAY.   The weather sounds iffy and we have a mechanic stopping by to fix a generator.


May 26May 26May 26, 2014 – We had perfect weather and it brought down a lot more people then we figured.   It was a fun day with many regulars making their first Fluke trip of 2014 with some nice fluke caught.   We did manage 25 keeper Fluke today with some folks catching 1, 2, or 3 keepers, but many folks only had shorts.   There have been lots of boats out for the first 4 days of the season, but that should change tomorrow and we will see if we don't end up with more fish.

Jose took the first keeper pool with a good fish.   Mike Ayres lead the pool until the end of the day when Tom Holland from Paramus inched him out with our last fish of the day.  (The pool fish was our last fish two times in the last four days.)   Only the sharpies that scored well today, but some youngsters also had keepers.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM TUESDAY – THE FIRST BOAT OUT


May 25May 25May 25, 2014
– The morning was slow with keepers for a nice gang of anglers and it was good to see so many regulars.   We did have some good short life down the beach with a few keepers mixed in.   We had our best fishing when the current slowed and boated 13 keepers plus many shorts on today's best drift.   Jose had all shorts on Saturday, but he grabbed a couple of keepers today.   Howard Tribucher from Hewitt, NJ had today's pool with a 4½-pound Fluke.   There were more fish caught on bucktails today than yesterday.

THE ANGLER IS SAILING AT 7:30 ON MEMORIAL DAY.   It is normally a slow day and not crowded.   The warm weather should help the Fluke fishing.


May 24May 24May 24, 2014 – It was another nice day of Fluke fishing, but there were a lot more shorts than keepers today.   The water was a few degrees cooler today at around 56 degrees and it seemed the bigger fish did not want to chew.   However, at the end of the day, the water warmed to 59 degrees and we caught our biggest fish.

Lou had a pair of 5-pound Fluke to take an early lead in the pool, but Kate Doeay from Oxford beat him with a 6-pound fluke caught on the last drift.  With the colder water, bait out-fished jigs today.

THE ANGLER IS SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY


May 23May 23May 23, 2014
– It was good to see many Angler regulars out today for the opener and for the most part, they were treated to good Fluke fishing.   There was a very good showing of Fluke for opening day.   We had a lot of good-sized keepers and good short action to boot.

By far, Cigar Jim had the hot hand fishing with boat bait and he had his limit at 9:33 AM.   We would not be surprised if it was the first limit catch in NJ for the 2014 opener.   We will watch this time for the rest of the season.

Ling John changed his name to Striped Bass John this spring and he may change it to Fluke John after catching his limit on the last drift.   John Brock from Annandale, NJ won the pool with a Fluke around 6 pounds.

ON SATURDAY, WE SAIL BY 7:00 AM – THE FIRST BOAT OUT


May 22May 22May 22May 22, 2014
– It was a perfect day for Ling fishing since they love it when it is overcast.   We fished a couple of areas and ended the day with a good catch of Ling and some nice Sea Bass.

The cold winter made for a late start with the Ling and they are still inshore, and the Sea Bass have not yet arrived in numbers.   This fishing will get better.

The ANGLER starts FLUKE FISHING fishing at 7:00 AM tomorrow.   We checked out some of the Fluke grounds last Saturday and it looks good.


May 21May 21May 21, 2014 – It was a nice day on the water with a flat calm ocean and no rain.   Ling fishing was okay with some folks taking home 20 assorted fish with Ling being the number one species.   A Cod took the pool, but we also had some Sea Bass, Flounder and Whiting to go with the Ling.

if you want some fish for the table and freezer before the Fluke season opens on Friday, join us on Thursday.   It looks like a good catching day.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY FOR LING & SEA BASS

OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


May 19, 2014
– It was a super nice day on the water and we had a good gang on board for the first day that we could keep sea bass.   We started to the north of where we have been Ling fishing, but caught mostly ling with only a few Sea Bass.   We worked to the South where we have been Ling fishing and had some life but not as good as yesterday.   We finished the day on the Apple Pie where we had some shots at Ling, a couple of Cod and some nice Tog that went back.

Evelyn and Captain Andy from the PIONEER were out and had 25 fish.   Nicole Smith from Middletown, NJ was out with her sister and dad and got the pool winning cod.   They ended up with a nice mess of filets.   Not a bad day, but it was slower than yesterday.

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NOT SAILING TUESDAY

LING & SEA BASS 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

FLUKE BY 7:00 AM FRIDAY


May 18May 18May 18May 18, 2014
– Beautiful day, nice gang and good fishing who could ask for anything more.   We have had a string of good fishing days and today was no exception.   A conservative estimate is there were 500 to 600 Ling onboard today.   Mike Kaman from Lyndhurst, NJ took a big pool with a jumbo Ling.   Grace was second best and she had a few beauties.   We are starting to see some nice Flounder as they move offshore and we even had some Cod, Pollock, Tog and Sea Bass.

The NJ Sea Bass season opens tomorrow and we will spend some time looking for Sea Bass to take home.   We are tired of tossing them back.   We hope they don't get the word that they are fair game tomorrow.

THE ANGLER IS SAILING AT 7:30 MONDAY FOR LING & SEA BASS

NOY SAILING TUESDAY

ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, WE SAIL AT 7:00 AM FOR LING & SEA BASS

FRIDAY IS THE NJ FLUKE OPENER AND WE WILL SAIL BY 7:00 AM


May 17, 2014
– We had our 15th annual "Fish With Me" charter today where we make five 1½-hour trips.   We take kids as young as 3-years old, who for the most part would never get to fish, out for a boat ride and some fishing.   We are limited on where we can go in such a short time and spent most of the day at the point where we had terrible conditions, but the Fluke fishing was good.

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We had fish to over 5 pounds and all caught on spearing with no Gulp or squid.   Almost everyone had no fishing experience at all and used rental rods.   Beginners often do best since they listen to advice.

We can hardly wait until Friday when the NJ Fluke season opens and many of these tasty critters will go home.

We spoke to some NY bottom fishing boats and they said the Ling fishing was slow today.   We expected this given yesterday's lousy weather.   Ling fishing on Sunday and Monday should be better.

OUR GALLEY IS OPEN

THE ANGLER IS NOT SAILING TUESDAY, MAY 20


May 15, 2014
– Other than some fog, it was a nice day and the ling were hungry.   However, there was one problem.   The anchoring conditions were as bad as they get with a south wind and outgoing tide.   Keeping the boat on the wreck was next to impossible and we ended up drifting.   Tom the Baker was high hook with 25 to 30 Ling.   He lost the pool to Steve Brandon from Parlin, NJ.   Condo Bob had one of our first flounder to add to his Ling catch.

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THE ANGLER IS NOT SAILING FRIDAY with the forecast for strong southerly winds

WE ARE NOT SAILING SATURDAY AND TUESDAY.   NEXT LING TRIP IS 7:30 AM SUNDAY


May 14May 14May 14, 2014
– We were back out today and the ocean was nice, and Ling fishing was okay.   Once again, the middle to the front of the boat was best.   The folks fishing in the front half of the boat had around 20 Ling.   Mark had a nice keeper Cod that took the pool (and saved Mike a lot of time since he didn't have to weigh all the Ling.)   We also caught Tog and Sea Bass, but they had to go back into the water.

We will be sailing Thursday, but we are NOT sailing Friday since the weather forecast is poor and calls for heavy southerly winds.   Ling fishing and southerly winds do not go well together.

GALLEY OPEN ON THURSDAY

WE ARE CHARTERED SATURDAY, MAY 17
– No open boat morning trip


May 11, 2014 – We started out with a good, steady pick on Ling around the boat with some Sea Bass and Tog mixed in.   Archie, Mike and Jim had over 50 ling and we estimate were 250 to 300 Ling aboard today.   The best fishing was towards the bow, which is often the case at the Scotland Grounds.   The reason for this is that many of the wrecks are small and with the warming water and bluefish around, the Ling hang tight to the wreck.   When we anchor and read the wreck, the stern has already passed over the wreck and the best bottom.

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Although some folks in the back only caught a few, Jeff Criswell from Flanders, NJ and his son Jeff caught their share and won the pool on our last drop.   It looks like a nice day Monday and then who knows for the rest of the week.


May 10, 2014 – You should have been Ling fishing on the ANGLER today!   It was another banner day with a high hook over 50 and most with 25 to 30 Ling.   Mark had a great day and his partner Russ took the pool; they had 60 ling between them.

Ling are one of our favorite fish to catch and eat.   It is a lot like flounder fishing where you bounce the sinker and then lift forcing the ling to suck in the bait and wham-o he is hooked.   We also got a lot of nice Tog on clam today that had to go back.   Mike worked his butt off at the filet table all day and still needed time at the dock to finish.

We sail at 7:30 AM Sunday and Monday and both days look good.


May 9, 2014We had a fair amount of Ling anglers on a foggy day and most had from 20 to 30 Ling and there were 15 to 20 Whiting on the boat.   There were also some nice Sea Bass and Tog that had to go back.   We left them biting with the best fishing of the day on our last drop.   Anchoring was tough in the morning, but was good in the afternoon.   It sure felt great getting everyone some good eating Ling.

The next 4 days look good.   We sail at 7:00 AM on Saturday and at 7:30 AM on Sunday.   Our galley is open every day.

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May 7, 2014 – We thought bunker would do the trick, but every Bass caught today bit on clams.   Guy took the pool with a nice fat Bass.   Bill was back after winning yesterday's pool and had a few bites and a keeper Bass.  Al was skunked yesterday, but had a keeper today.   Once again, the fishing was slow for us and the other boats in the fleet.  And we released a nice 23-inch Fluke.

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Here is the good news... we spoke to some boats in the New York fleet and they are starting to catch Ling at the Scotland Grounds.   Some Manasquan party boats also took the long ride to Scotland and they caught Ling too.   We are not sailing tomorrow, but on Friday and Saturday, the ANGLER will sail at 7:00 AM for LING and whatever bottom fish are there.   On Sunday, we leave at 7:30 AM.   There are showers in the forecast for Thursday, but we often do best on overcast days, so come on down for the start of the SPRING LING RUN.

The ANGLER starts LING FISHING on Friday, May 9.   We leave at 7:00 AM every day except on Sundays and Mondays when we leave at 7:30 AM.

WE ARE CHARTERED SATURDAY, MAY 17 – No open boat morning trip

The New Jersey FLUKE SEASON opens on Friday, May 23.


May 6May 6May 6, 2014 – We started the day with a couple of quick shorts and a miss and then it was tough to find a reading or a hit.   After looking in lots of spots, we finally spotted some folks catching Bass.   We found some readings and caught a couple of keepers and shorts on clams.

Bill Stupi from Elizabeth, NJ caught our first keeper Bass and won the pool.   We had a group of good fishermen on board who worked hard all day.

WE HAVE FRESH BUNKER FOR WEDNESDAY
AND WILL BE CHUNKING

OUR GALLEY IS OPEN


May 4, 2014
– It was a west wind and flood tide all day and they made for crappy conditions. The lines went to the bow and we only had a few keeper Bass and a few shorts.   We did not get the pool winner's name.

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The Fluke are coming...  we had our first one last Sunday and today, we had two more plus a bird.   WOW, we can't wait!

THE ANGLER WILL NOT SAIL MONDAY.
With more wind in the forecast, fishing conditions will be similar to today.

OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:30 AM TUESDAY 5/06


May 3, 2014
– We had another good day clamming with solid Bass action for the first half of the flood tide.  We caught after that but not nearly as good a bite as the morning.   And boy was there lots of boats!   Paul Stroman from Staten Island, NY took the pool and had his limit on his first trip on the ANGLER.   Paul's pool fish weighed around 30 pounds.   Jeff got to use his bonus tag.   He also got us started in short order with our first fish of the day.   There were some limits around the boat plus some singles and a few skunks.   All in all, it was a good fun day.   Tomorrow looks good.


May 2, 2014 EVERYONE caught at least one keeper Bass today and that's a good day!   The flood tide was the best, but we still caught Bass on the ebb.   There was a good amount of shorts and tons of bites today.   The fish were tricky to say the least, but every Bass caught was on clams.

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Tom Calahan from Mt. Arlington, NJ took the pool with a 20-pound Bass.   The weather looks good for the next few days and the ANGLER is sailing every day at 7:30 AM.   Our Galley is open.

WE ARE CHARTERED SATURDAY, MAY 17 – No open boat morning trip.

The ANGLER will start FLUKE FISHING on Saturday MAY 24.   We will sail from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Sundays and Mondays.  And Tuesdays through Saturdays, we will be the FIRST BOAT OUT at 7:00 AM and return around 2:00 PM.


April 27, 2014 – It was a tough Striper day for us today with only a few keepers and shorts.   At times, we read them but only got a few bites.   Some broken lines and missed fish, but they did not want to bite today.   Richie Kunze from Dumont, NJ took the pool and had a couple of keepers.   Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ won the pool yesterday, but just missed today.   Young Bret caught his first Striped Bass today, but it was an inch too short.   And Bret's dad lost a beauty when his leader broke.

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Our mate Mike lost his grandmother Friday night and we will not sail on Monday, and poor weather will keep us tied to the dock for the middle of the week.   Our next sailing date will be FRIDAY MAY 2.


April 26, 2014
– We didn't have the fishing we had yesterday.   We went back to where we caught the Stripers yesterday, but the fish and bunker were gone.   We kept going west and found some readings.

April 26April 26April 26Jose and Archie started it off with some shorts and we picked away at the fish.   They were mostly shorts with a few keepers thrown in.   We made about 7 drops and as the day wore on the readings got better, but not the fishing.   Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ took the pool with his only keeper out of six Bass.   We had a few flounder again today.

Sailing SUNDAY at 7:30 AM and our galley will be open




April 25, 2014
– What better way to start the Striped Bass season than with a load of keepers and shorts!   We had good action on clams all day except during slack water.   Dennis Herczku from Pompton Plains, NJ took the pool with a Bass in the twenties.   There were lots of limit catches and only a few anglers did not catch a keeper.   And there were a few jumbo flounders.   Our youngest angler caught his first ever Bass and limited out.

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We are SAILING SATURDAY and SUNDAY at 7:30 AM
A little rain is forecast overnight, but ending early Saturday.

Bob will be dishing it out in the galley tomorrow.


April 21, 2014Our Wednesday April 23 bottom fishing trip is CANCELED!

We have canceled our Wednesday trip since the weather forecast has changed to windy for Wednesday and we hear that the Ling are not in yet.

Starting FRIDAY APRIL 25, the ANGLER will join the Striped Bass fleet and will be sailing for Stripers EVERY DAY from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.


April 19, 2014 – Our next trip will be for LING and TOG Wednesday 4/23 from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
The fare is $65.

And after that, we'll see what's up with the catching.


April 17, 2014 – The ANGLER will be sailing Friday 4/18 and Saturday 4/19 for STRIPED BASS
The trips depart at 7:30 AM and return at 2:30 PM


January 25, 2014 – This looks like a winter to remember and with no break in sight, we are forced to pack it in until the ocean temperatures allow some fish to move inshore.   At least there is some time left in the hunting season and ice fishing if you are into it.   Thanks to all.


January 19January 19January 19, 2014 – We fished the same area as Saturday and although it was not good fishing, we did pick at some keeper Tog plus short life today.   We also got some Ling plus one Cod.

Ben, an Atlantic Star regular, won today's pool.   The dogfish were a big pain today everywhere we went and we would have done better had they left us alone.

Today, all keeper Togs came on green crabs.   The ocean was nice today, but it was on the cold side with a stiff breeze.

We will sail at 7:30 AM MONDAY MLK DAY – NO GALLEY

Tomorrow will be it for a while.   With the cold spell and winds forecast for this week, we do not expect to sail until next weekend.


Andy - January 17Archie - January 17Shorty - January 17January 17, 2014 – It was nice to get out today and we had a good crew on board.

The water has cooled off to 39°, which is getting on the cold side.

For most of the morning, the port side did best except for Archie Stewart from Nutley, NJ who had his limit in short order from the Starboard stern.


On the third and fourth drops, the bow was best and on the last spot, we had very good life with plenty of Bengals and short Tog, and Howie even had three Pollock.  Andy from the charter boat Pioneer won the pool with a nice Cod.  His friend Evelyn managed three Togs and some nice Ling.   Combined they had a nice mess of fish.   JD was back after taking Monday's pool and had three keepers today.  If you got lucky and paid attention to which bait was working best, you ended up with a few fish.   It is not good fishing and we have the feeling the fishing will go downhill after Monday.

SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – NO GALLEY


January 13, 2014
– Sometimes you make the right call and today was one for the home team.   We had figured after Saturday's southerly blow, it would be tough fishing on Sunday and that the west wind would make for a good day today.   Well, the Tog were chewing for us today before the south wind came up.   Charles Hand from Piscataway, NJ had his limit in short order.   The fish were biting for most folks with only a few having a tough time getting it together, but by the end of the day everyone had at least a fish.   They bit green and white crabs, but you did best with half a crab with the legs on.   JD, an Atlantic Star regular, took the pool with a 7-pound Tog and had a limit catch.   When the south wind came up, the fishing slowed, but we still picked away.

We had some fresh skimmer clams on board and we tried for some Ling, but only caught one.   We did get a nice Tog on a clam.   Ling fishing has been a disappointment so far this winter.   There were a few caught on crabs today.

Wouldn't you know it… we forgot the camera and we saw the most unbelievable thing today.   January 13 and there was a Pelican flying around the boat at the point of Sandy Hook.

With rain in the forecast, we will not try to sail Tuesday, but we will give it a shot on Wednesday and again on Friday.

See you on Wednesday!


January 1, 2014HAPPY NEW YEAR!   We did not have time to post yesterday since we headed to Times Square for the festivities.   Yesterday, the water temperature was in the low 40s at Scotland so we made a quick stop.   It was a flat ocean with no wind or current, but we got lucky and landed on the wreck.   There were plenty of Tog, but they were mostly 14-inch fish.   We did grab a handful of keepers.   We moved on to deeper water and only had a couple of shorts.   We weren't right on the wreck, so we headed off to where we had fished last week.

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The water was around 45 degrees and we saw a lot of mid-water and bottom life on the fish finder.   We got some bigger Tog and Archie Stewart from Nutley, NJ caught a pool fish between 7 and 8 pounds.   There were some Ling mixed in with the Tog.   Mike, one of our mates started jogging and had 3- and 4-headers of mostly Herring but some Mackerel too.   It is a sign of good things to come.

We moved to another wreck and had the port anchor foul twice costing us valuable time.   We only had a few Tog, Ling and Conger eels.

We headed inshore to fish the Apple Pie for our last drop, but we got word from Scott on the Prowler that there was not much going on, so we returned to Scotland where we got a few more Tog.

We will not sail for the next few days with rain, snow and bitter cold coming.   We will sail again as soon as the cold spell breaks.   January trips are often special with Tog, Cod and Ling coming over the rails.


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