ANGLER FISHING REPORTS
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 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.
January 17, 2014 – It was nice to get out today and we had a good crew on board.
The water has cooled off to 39Â°, 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, 2014 – HAPPY 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.
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.
December 27, 2013 – We went back to where we had good fishing for big fish during
the last two days and there were many boats there today. Although you have to post so your customers know what's up, it brings the other boats. We had lots of followers today, but they cannot get the ones we already caught. There were some nice fish again today with Mike Ozeransky from South Plainfield, NJ winning today's pool with a 10-pound Tog. There were a few other 9-pound fish and Carlo had one of
them. Overall, fishing was slow today with the bow doing best. Archie Stewart was high hook with four keepers. We were offshore, the wind blew hard from the southwest and it was roly-poly. If the fish had bit it would have been okay. In all, we fished three areas that had life. There are a few more Ling showing up in the catch with around 30 caught today. We also got another cod today.
Tomorrow is not looking good with rain forecast in the morning and wind in the afternoon. Monday is also looking windy.
WE ARE NOT SAILING UNTIL TUESDAY 12/31
December 27, 2013 – We had a good day with plenty of big fish and a number of limit catches.
Vinny Daino from Hazlet, NJ led the way with a 12-pound Tog. Bill had one around 10 and a limit catch. Bruce A.K.A. the Frugal
Fishermen had some big fish too. Along with the good Tog fishing, Bozz had a 9-pound Cod and Jimmy Lewicki got 8 Ling.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – FIRST BOAT OUT
SORRY, NO GALLEY
December 26, 2013 – For a nice day, this was the poorest turn out for the day after Christmas we have seen in 40 years. We had some of our good men at the rail today. Some did well and others didn't. We fished
deep today; Archie Stewart had it together today and had our first limit catch. Rich has been doing well lately also limited out. Doc missed the boat last Saturday, but he won today's pool with a 9-pound Tog. (He said no pictures please – Sounds like playing hooky to us.) Little Joey, had he been allowed in the pool, would have won with a nice 10-pound slob.
Green crabs caught more today, but whites also worked. A couple of Ling came over the rails today.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT
NO GALLEY – BRING THE LEFTOVERS
December 21, 2013 – We started the day picking some fish, but there was quite a roll with a good size ground swell that we laid side to. It's tough fishing when you have to hold on to the rail.
By the end of the day, conditions got better and we had better fishing with some good-sized Tog. Green crabs were best again today.
We are not sure who won today's pool. It may have been Archie Stewart or
Brian 'Poppy' Gusman since they each had nice fish, however, there were other good fish onboard.
NOAA weather calls for a similar day tomorrow of SW winds from 15 to 20 knots with gusts to 30 and WindGURU shows gusts in the 40s. Both have been wrong all week, so we will give it a go on Sunday. Sorry, our galley is not open next week.
December 20, 2013 – We had a good bite right away this morning with the best action in the bow. There were plenty of bites with shorts and keepers coming over the rail. NOAA had a small craft warning from 10 AM on, but anchoring became a problem with both lines going slack.
We could have used some wind to keep the anchor lines tight - the ocean was slick calm. Anyway, when we got some conditions and could sit tight, we had good action. It was a good day for most anglers. Joe took his second pool in a row with a 7-pound Tog.
We never got to the north today where there should be some ling mixed in. The NY Blackfish
season is closed and they are Ling fishing, but it did not sound like they caught much today. One good thing is there is now less pressure on the Tog.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – GALLEY OPEN
RIGHT NOW, SUNDAY DOES NOT LOOK GOOD WITH SOUTH WINDS TO 30 KNOTS
December 19, 2013 – There were not a lot of people around but we did manage
15 good fishermen at the rail. All had fish, but some cursed anglers had shorts. We know of one person with 11 shorts before his first couple of keepers and he was right in the middle of folks catching nice fish.
You had to wait on the bites for the bigger fish. It paid to sail at 7:00 AM today since we had close to 20 keepers in the first hour with very good short life.
The stern and bow were best with green crab baits doing best. There were fish in the three areas we fished today. We had many folks with five keepers after the second drop, so we went north and fished late today so some of them could get their limit. It was after 3 PM when we docked.
Archie Stewart was the first to limit out today and Carl Nabies caught his first Tog limit. Jim Renzo took today's
pool with one of our first fish. Andy and Evelyn from the PIONEER III were out today. They had several keepers each and Andy lost a mystery fish on our last drop that was huge.
WE WILL BE SAILING 7:00 AM FRIDAY AND SATURDAY – No galley on Friday
We hope to be able to report some Ling in tomorrow's catch since we normally get them with the Tog by now, and we
do have clams on board. We expected to see some today on our last drop, but it was all Tog.
If you look at WindGURU, they are calling for gale winds on Sunday. However, NOAA does not and we will see what happens. We suggest you try going during the next two days.
December 13, 2013 – We have not been out all week and it looks like Tuesday 12/17 will be the next day we sail.
December 8, 2013 – We had a lot of Tog again today with the
morning being the best keeper wise. There were all the small fish you wanted, but fewer keepers than yesterday. A few slobs were mixed in, including Bob the Kooks 10-pounder. (He was bashful and we don't have a photo of him with the fish.) Joe Renzo from Lincroft, NJ won the pool with a fish around 10 pounds.
It was cold but a nice ocean and we had snow at the end of the
day. We had 6-inches of the white stuff on the ground when we got home.
NOT SAILING MONDAY OR TUESDAY
December 7, 2013 – Yes, it was cold and a little windy today, but that is what makes the Blackfish bite. It was a one-drop day today with fish coming around the boat all day.
Captain George fished today and had great fun. He never had to wait more than 2 minutes for a bite and caught 30 fish today with a little over a limit in keepers.
A two-hook slider rig with 10-ounce weight and green crabs was
the ticket. Everyone caught fish and went home with filets today. Joe from Roselle Park, NJ got today's pool fish. There were a number of limit catches plus today.
December 6, 2013 – We were the only boat out of Atlantic Highlands today and it was perfect Blackfish weather. Plenty of limit catches with good size fish in the 4 to 6 pound range. The shorts were also biting. Greens and whites worked well today. Steve Jacoby
from West Orange, NJ limited out and got today's pool.
The weather looks good for this weekend. Yes, it's on the cold side, but we are togging not fluking.
FIRST BOAT OUT AT 7:00 AM ON SATURDAY – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
December 5, 2013 – It sure was
a nice day to be back on the water and although conditions were tough with not much wind or current, it was an okay day.
It was almost all green crabs today with only a few Togs on whites. Our best fishing was during the morning.
Joe from Jersey City, NJ won the pool with a 6-pound Tog plus at least four keepers.
Tom caught a limit catch. A few other regulars that did well were Shorty, Bill, Kurt and John.
December 1, 2013 – We went offshore to start the day and we only had
a few Tog but there were packs of doggies. You couldn't help but catch them even on hard bait and we had to leave.
Went back inshore to where we have been fishing and we found it a lot slower today.
Archie and John fished the pulpit and had five keepers each. Those fishing the sides had it tough today with a lot of current. The folks in the stern did okay with Chris catching a 6-pound pool fish there.
NEXT TRIP IS THURSDAY
November 30, 2013 – We were right back to where we fished
yesterday and had some nice keepers to start, but the shorts soon out-numbered the keepers.
The bow and stern did best today with the sides producing less. We don't think there were any limit catches today, but a lot of guys had four and five keepers.
There was a tie for the pool today with a pair of 6-pounders. Jose Reyes took half and Joe Renzo got the other half. (Joe's
father and granddad operated the legendary charter boat BLACKFIN at Highlands, NJ.)
TOMORROW IS OUR LATE DAY SAILING AT 7:30
AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
NOT SAILING MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK
November 29, 2013 – THEY DON'T CALL IT BLACK FRIDAY FOR NOTHING! Blackfish all around the boat with loads of limit catches.
Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ had his limit in 20 minutes and he got the 10-pound pool fish and broke off another jumbo. Archie Stewart from Nutley, NJ was another angler who could do no wrong catching fish after fish. It did not
matter if you used greens or whites they loved 'em both. There were lots of boats out today. That's why we leave at 7:00 AM so as we can be the first boat on the grounds.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
NOT SAILING MONDAY AND TUESDAY
November 25, 2013 – It was about as cold as it gets this morning with ice on the jetty and buoys. This is the earliest we have seen this much ice. It was perfect Blackfish weather if you dressed for it. The action was great and high hook was in the double digits on keepers and probably a 40 fish total.
Mike, who mated on the FISHERMEN was out with his father. His dad won
the pool and they both limited out. They know how to pick the days.
WE ARE NOT SAILING UNTIL FRIDAY
Rain in the forecast will keep people home and we do not like southerly winds for Tog fishing.
THE WEATHER NOW LOOKS PERFECT FOR THE THREE DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE ANGLER CREW!
November 23, 2013 – Today was Blackfish weather and we are sure tomorrow will be great, but there will be a little too much wind for us and we do not want anyone to get hurt. The fish were hungry today. We had many limit catches and some of the best Tog fishing this fall.
from New Providence, NJ took the pool with a 7Â½-pound Tog. Charlie Oh from Martinsville, NJ had three 6-pounders in his limit catch. Young Frankie from Jersey City, NJ pulled a hat trick on the last drop, catching non-stop.
They ate both green and white-leggers crabs today and the whole boat caught fish. You can tell it is getting to the right time and there are a few Ling each day.
Right now, it looks like the only day we will be sailing is Monday out of the next five days. It will be cold, but the winds are supposed to drop out Monday.
November 21, 2013 – We had very good Tog fishing today.
Shorty Lewis from Patterson, NJ got a 6 pound Tog for the pool.
Everyone had fish today and there were some with limits plus. It looks like Sunday's weather will be a blowout.
November 20, 2013 – We had good Tog fishing today. JD
from Englewood, NJ had a 7-pound pool fish and we had limits today.
The stiff north-northeast breeze held us on anchor nicely. The weather for the next few days looks good.
November 17, 2013 – We had tough laying conditions again today with light wind and current. The Tog were more aggressive, but the boat would not stay put and that hurt the bite.
We had a good amount of big Porgies and some nice Sea Bass.
Tom took the pool with a nice Cod. He also had Blackfish, Sea
Bass, Porgies and Triggerfish. What a nice mixed bag. Fishing was a much better day today than yesterday.
We are not sailing tomorrow (Monday) with the strong southerly winds forecast for tonight. Tomorrow, we will check out Tuesday's weather.
November 16, 2013 – How about that. It was too nice of a day for Tog fishing. As you know, the Togs bite when the Northwest wind blows and the temperature drops. When it is nice out and the people are down, they get lockjaw.
We had some fish in most areas and most were keepers, but you caught what was there and that was it. Edison Fanijalan
from Jersey City, NJ had a 6-pound pool winning Blackfish. Green crabs were the choice bait today.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND THE GALLEY IS OPEN
WE ARE NOT SAILING MONDAY – BAD WEATHER FORECAST
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY LOOKS GOOD
November 15, 2013 – It was a very nice day on the water today. We never had to move and had good fishing all day. The Porgy fishing was some of the best with all keepers and plenty of double headers. No lack of Sea Bass, but of course only 1 in 10 made it into the box. There were some jumbos. A Blackfish took the pool.
Saturday (tomorrow) will be all Tog fishing. We have greens and white-legger crabs for bait.
SAILING SATURDAY AT 7:00 AM – FIRST BOAT OUT
November 11, 2013 – It was a nice day for a change and we had good action all day. It was on the cold side this morning, but very nice this afternoon.
Everyone had some nice Sea Bass and the Porgy fishing was the best we have had in a while. The pork chops where all good sized with no shorts.
Tony Picaro from Westfield, NJ took the pool with a jumbo Sea Bass.
The weather forecast is looking much nicer towards the end of the week and for that reason we are not shaping up again until Thursday, 11/14.
November 9, 2013 – It was good fishing for Sea Bass and Porgies today with some nice Tog to spice up the
catch. There were more Porgies than lately and some were huge up to 16 inches. Once again, the Sea Bass were mostly 11 to 12 inches, but there were enough bigger ones to keep us happy. Overall, it was a nice day of bottom fishing.
Tim Rupp from Andover, NJ got the pool with a nice Tog on our last drop of the day.
WE ARE NOT SAILING SUNDAY – GALE FORCE WINDS FORECAST
NEXT TRIP 7:30 AM MONDAY – BOB SHOULD HAVE THE GALLEY OPEN
November 6, 2013 – Today, we went right by schools of big Striped Bass complete with diving Gannets on the way to the Sea Bass grounds. We did not see them on the way home. Sea Bass fishing was good today and the first drop was our best. The fish built under the boat and we had constant action with singles, doubles and triples.
There were a few Porgies and Bergalls, but 95% were Sea Bass.
Some folks had the knack for catching keepers, while others were plagued with shorts. Carl Knabis had a big humpback Sea Bass for the pool.
WE ARE NOT SAILING THURSDAY
FRIDAY IS WINDY BUT FROM THE NORTHWEST WHICH IS OKAY
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY LOOK VERY NICE
November 5, 2013 – We are back to sailing at 7:00 AM Tuesday through Saturday and at 7:30 AM on Sunday and Monday.
It was a nice day of fishing today. When we rounded the Hook this morning, we could see birds working between the Channels and so could our customers. We had said we would try for Stripers on the way home, but they said stop now. It would have been hard not to. Well, we jigged some nice bass to 26
pounds until the current quit. After that, we left and went bottom fishing.
Togging was okay with some Sea Bass and Porgies mixed in. We will be bottom fishing tomorrow, but always bring a shiny jig for the ride home.
November 2, 2013 – We were concerned that yesterday's blow would kill the bottom fishing and although there was a good-sized swell, the Sea Bass were biting. No problem getting bites, but the short Sea Bass made it tough to catch keepers.
Folks told us that they had 80 to 90 Sea Bass, but only 8 or 10 that stayed on-board. We did notice that folks caught more keepers on crabs and Bergall strips than with clams.
There were keeper Tog, Triggerfish and Porgies, but when you caught a fish, it was likely a Sea Bass. Jose Reyes took the pool with a Tog.
The strangest thing we caught was a 40-pound Atlantic Torpedo ray that we released since it is capable of producing 220 Volt jolt of electricity. We were lucky that Jose had caught one before and warned us to keep clear.
October 30, 2013 – It was good to see some full pails of Porgies today. The
end of the day was best with singles and double-headers. We had to release some nice Sea Bass. There have not been many bottom fish customers lately with Sea Bass closed and only one Tog allowed.
We hope this situation changes after Friday when the Sea Bass season reopens. It is going to be too windy to fish on Friday, but Saturday looks like the best day of the weekend and we will be looking for Sea Bass.
NOT SAILING THURSDAY 10/31 AND FRIDAY 11/01
NO GALLEY UNTIL BOB COMES BACK ON NOVEMBER 11
October 27, 2013 – We had better fishing today with an all-day pick. Anglers fishing with small hooks and light leaders had 15 to 20 porgies. Tog fishing was also okay.
As warm as the water is, Roger took today's pool with a Cod weighing between 12 and 15 pounds. And he caught it on a tiny Porgy hook - He thought he had a bass. We are not sailing Monday and Tuesday.
NEXT TRIPS 7:30 AM WEDNESDAY 10/30 and THURSDAY 10/31
GALE WARNINGS POSTED FOR FRIDAY 11/01 - NOT SAILING
STARTING SATURDAY 11/02, THE ANGLER WILL SAIL DAILY
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM WEATHER PERMITTING.
October 26, 2013 – Today started with some nice Tog and ended with some very nice Porgies. Yes, the wind did blow, but we were in close to the beach and it was a nice day.
Grace Onaga from New York City took the pool with a nice Tog. LJ
got a Porgy as big as a tog.
The wind is dying tonight and will blow west on Sunday. It should make for a perfect day.
NOT SAILING MONDAY AND TUESDAY
October 19, 2013 – We had good conditions all day, but the fish did not cooperate. We made a quick stop on the way down to where we ended the day on Friday and thought we were in. Four-year old Antonio Reyes (Jose's son) immediately got a double-header porgy,
but we only caught a couple more at that spot. We then went to where we fished Friday and we picked at fish around the boat. Some folks had 9 or 10 porgies and there was plenty of action. We moved again to find better fishing, but it only got worse. Tomorrow, we will stay put until it dies.
Charlie Oh from Martinsville, NJ took the pool with a Triggerfish.
We got a photo of Antonio with a single Porgy he caught later on in the day. He did not understand why we threw back his big Sea Bass.
SAILING SUNDAY AT 7:30 AM – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
NOT SAILING MONDAY AND TUESDAY
October 18, 2013 – Plenty of wind today, but the ocean was nice and the west wind should make for a flat ocean and good fishing tomorrow. The morning was slow, but we ended the day with good fishing. At least Tog are chewing and so are the Porgies. Walter Cohan from Hazlet, NJ took the pool with a nice Tog.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
October 16, 2013 – We went North today fishing off Long Island where last week's northeast blow did not screw up the bottom fishing. Since we were fishing in NY waters, the keeper size on porgies went up and although we had to throw back many NJ keepers, many anglers had 25 to 40 good-sized Porgies. Other species came over the rails that had to go back due to size or
closed seasons in NJ. There were Fluke and Flounder plus Sea Bass and Striped Bass and Blackfish. Willie Hunter from Englewood, NJ got a jumbo Porgy that just beat out Bill for the pool. The water was very clean and fresh clams or worms worked best. The tides look perfect for tomorrow.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
October 14, 2013 – The number of people who showed up after the prolonged bad winds surprised us. The fishing was only a shadow of what we had before the blow with a few Porgies and Spots plus short Sea Bass. The ocean was sloppy during the ebb tide, but it was much better when the wind died and the tide turned. We are sure we will be back to good fishing in a few days.
We are NOT sailing Tuesday 10/15 to give the ocean one more day to calm down. In addition, there have been no fresh clams, but that should change by Wednesday as the clam man is sailing tomorrow.
For the next few weeks before the Sea Bass reopens, we will sail Â¾-day at 7:30 AM Wednesday through Sunday.
October 11, 2013 – We are NOT going to sail until Monday at 7:30 AM. There was too much wind all week and
this weekend. Who would of thought after the good weather we had, we would lose a full week of fishing.
We will be back to sailing from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM until Blackfish season.
October 8, 2013 – The weather forecast does not look good and the ANGLER is NOT SAILING for the rest of this week. On Friday, we will make up our minds about our weekend trips.
October 5, 2013 – For us, it was a nice day to run a party boat. For
our customers, it was full buckets of Porgies and Sea Bass for a good crowd of smiling faces.
The boys were at the fillet table for two hours before we docked and kept cleaning fish for an hour at the dock. Tomorrow looks great.
SAILING BY 7:30 AM TOMORROW – GALLEY OPEN
NOT SAILING MONDAY OR TUESDAY
October 1, 2013 – We were right on the west wind making the Sea Bass bite and we had our best fishing since the season opened. Lisa Lubinski from Old Bridge, NJ had had seven
keeper Sea Bass in a row on our last stop giving her a total of 18 Sea Bass and 42 Porgies. She certainly loves her fishing. We had very good Porgy life again today and there were some Triggerfish too.
Besides the fun fight, Porgies are excellent table fare. Our mates fillet them and spend extra time to take out the belly bones so they are completely bone free. From what our
customers tell us, we this kind of filleting is not done on many boats. We have made sushi from Porgies and they are one of the best fish for this. Try smoked Porgies once and you will want all you can get.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
September 27, 2013 – The best thing about bottom fishing right now is that everyone
goes home with fish. The Porgy fishing is as close to a guarantee as you can get.
Now that the Sea Bass season is open, it means you get to keep the keepers and there are some big ones. It was a heart breaker throwing them back during the last two days.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – FIRST BOAT OUT AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
WE HAVE CLAMS AND CRABS FOR BAIT
September 26, 2013 – Excellent Porgy fishing today with an early boat limit. It was a question of how many did you want. We felt sorry for mate Joe; he was at the fillet table all day. Folks just love his boneless fillet. Tom had our biggest Croaker of the year at 17 inches. This is great fun on light tackle.
NJ SEA BASS OPENS TOMORROW – WE ARE SAILING AT 7:00 AM
OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
WE ARE CHARTERED SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – NO open boat morning trip
September 25, 2013 – The morning was a pick with way too many 'pesky' Sea Bass, but when the tide slowed at the end of the day it was drop and reel all you wanted Porgy fishing.
Vinny Daino from Hazlet, NJ took today's pool with a big Porgy.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM EVERY DAY – NO GALLEY THURSDAY
WE ARE CHARTERED SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – NO open boat morning trip.
September 24, 2013 – Today was the last day of the New Jersey Fluke season. We hated to see The Fluke season close, but at least it ended
on a good note.
We are sure TK Shanahan is a happy lad having his 8 pound, 8 ounce Fluke hold up to win our Big Pool. His fish was beat three times by people not in the pool and we saw a bigger fish get loose at the boat and swim away. Congratulations TK!
Today's fishing was good with forty keepers and most weighed 3 to 5 pounds.
Jim Smiseth from Stone Ridge, NY took the daily pool and Roger had a limit catch. It was a nice way to
end the season.
Overall, it was a good Fluke season and we want to say thanks to all our loyal customers!
The ANGLER is BOTTOM FISHING for Porgies and Tog starting tomorrow 9/25 and Sea Bass become legal this Friday 9/27. Our bottom fishing trips are Â¾-day from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
GALLEY CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAY 9/27
September 23, 2013 – After yesterday it could only get better and it did. Most folks on board had from one to three keeper Fluke and more shorts than we have seen.
We believe the pool winners name was Tony Mondello from Blairstown NJ. Bait worked best today.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW TUESDAY 9/24
THE FINAL DAY!
OUR BIG POOL IS $3,600
GALLEY OPEN TUESDAY 9/24 AND FRIDAY 9/27
BOTTOM FISHING STARTING WEDNESDAY 9/25 – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
September 22, 2013 – Catching was no good today all due to the strong southerly winds last night. We are sure the Fluke are still here, but did not want to bite with the swell. Only a few Fluke today and Mr. Kim from Bridgewater, NJ foul hooked the pool fish. When this happens, you know they are there, but not feeding.
Northwest winds all day and tonight should change this and make them bite the next two days.
OUR BIG POOL IS $3,600 – GALLEY OPEN THE NEXT 2 DAYS
BOTTOM FISHING STARTING WEDNESDAY
September 21, 2013 – We want to thank the ANGLER Flukers for coming out with today's forecast and catching a lot of Fluke and making it a nice day to be a party boat fluke captain. We haven't had Fluke fishing this good in over a
week. We have averaged around 20 keepers each day and tripled that today! Conditions definitely helped, as did having good anglers aboard. We had four Fluke weighing over 6 pounds including a 7 1/3-pound pool fish caught by Mike Veet from Middletown, PA. Dave Woodson from Dover, NJ had a limit catch on sand worms. The middle of
the boat has been best the last few days. A rainbow appeared and the Fluke along with some Weakfish were right where the pot of gold was.
SCHEDULED FOR 7:30 AM DEPARTURE THE NEXT TWO DAYS,
BUT TRY TO BE DOWN EARLY SINCE WE MY LEAVE BEFORE THEN
OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $3,500 – 3 DAYS LEFT
THE ANGLER IS BOTTOM FISHING STARTING WEDNESDAY 9/25
We will be fishing for Porgies and Blackfish. We can start keeping Sea Bass on 9/27.
7 AM to 2 PM – Fare is $65
WE ARE CHARTERED SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – No open boat morning trip.
September 20, 2013 – We had plenty of regulars enjoying the nice weather and catching some quality Fluke. We did a little better than yesterday with worse conditions. We fished eight different areas today and got keepers in all but two. Both bait and Gulp worked, but you needed a little luck on your side. Some folks had one, two or three
keepers and some got the skunk, but it was nice on the water and you've gotta be in it to win it. Anthony Motta from Parliament, NY got a 6-pound pool fish. You cannot fight Mother Nature.
OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $3,500
REGULAR 7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM 3/4 DAY TRIP TOMORROW (9/21) – GALLEY OPEN
September 19, 2013 – We are still putting some nice Fluke in the boat, but it is not easy. We found a few keepers in most spots we fished, but no herds.
Ralph DeSimon from Mahwah, NJ took today's pool with a 6-pound Fluke. We ended the day with 20 keepers and think tomorrow will be better. The Fluke are moving on this full moon and there are some big ones around. (The Tackle Box weighed in a 17Â½-pound Fluke caught at the Knoll.) The next three days look good and once the season closes on September 24, it is a long winter.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,490
SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY – GALLEY OPEN
September 18, 2013 – It started slow today after yesterday's northeast blow. The ocean was nice with just a small swell. Around noon, we located some keeper Fluke and put a fair catch together.
Jim Custer from Edison, NJ took the pool with a Fluke around 6 pounds. For most folks, there were more keepers than shorts.
The weather looks good for the next three days and with only 6 days left in the NJ Fluke season, do
not wait too long to go.
OUR BIG POOL IS STILL $3,410
SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY – GALLEY OPEN
September 16, 2013 – The Fluke fishing was much better than the weather today. We had steady action all day with most folks catching two to four keeper Fluke. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ did it again and won another pool with a 6Â½-pound Fluke. Our best fishing was when we also caught snapper Blues and stripped them for bait. Once again, we had quality fish with most needing no measurement.
NOT SAILING TUESDAY 9/17
NO PLACE TO CATCH IN A STRONG NORTHEAST WIND
SAILING WEDNESDAY 9/18 AT 7:00 AM
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,440
September 15, 2013 – It was a good day of Fluke fishing and catching on the ANGLER again today. Most Fluke were quality fish that needed no measurement and a 1-to-1 keeper to short ratio. The water temperature is cooling and the Fluke are biting.
from Clark, NJ got the pool with a Fluke around 6 pounds. Mike the Plumber just missed with a nice fish. No limit catches today, but there were plenty of folks with three or four keepers. Jim Custer and Jose Reyes jigged in the stern and each had four keepers.
We guess that tomorrow will be good fishing with west winds, the cooling water and northeast winds forecast for Tuesday.
IF THE FORECAST HOLDS FOR TUESDAY, WE WILL NOT SAIL. LET YOU KNOW TOMORROW
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,430
SAILING BY 7:30 AM MONDAY – GALLEY OPEN
September 14, 2013 – The wind made for tough conditions, but our searching did pay off with some nice quality Fluke. However, most fish today were 19 to 20 inches. A few anglers managed three keepers.
Michael Veet from Harrisburg, PA won the pool with a 6-pound Fluke and had a 5Â½-pounder to go along with it. His group caught 7 keepers, all on fresh chicken strips. Go figure.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,400
SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY – GALLEY OPEN
September 13, 2013 – The wind was not as harsh as forecast and we were able to put a fair catch together. We did much better than yesterday with most folks catching 1 to 3 keeper Fluke. Bait was best today and there were as many keepers as shorts.
Once again, we had quality Fluke with Dave Schreckstein from Fair Lawn, NJ winning the pool with a 6Â½-pound Fluke. Rich had a 6-pound
Fluke. We are thinking about another Fluke Marathon trip on Saturday, September 21, but we will wait until mid-week to check the forecast.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,380
SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – GALLEY OPEN
September 12, 2013 – We went to lots of places where we have had good Fluke fishing during the past ten days and only found a few willing to bite. There were not many people on board today and not a lot of keepers.
If you were lucky, you had a couple of keepers, but Blackfish Doug was more than lucky today. He started the day with a 25 inch, 6-pound Fluke that took the pool.
He then got two more 4-pound Fluke and wound up with a nice bag of fillets. Today's southerly wind and strong flood tide made it tough to fish some areas that should have held fish.
The northwest wind forecast for the next few days will open up some new areas. Our best fishing was at the end of the day, when we had to go in as thunderstorms came knocking on the door.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,320
SAILING 7:00 AM FRIDAY AND OUR GALLEY WILL BE OPEN
September 11, 2013 – We had nice summer-like weather and fishing today. It was good to see a lot of old time regulars who have not been down in a while. Captain Barry Goldman, an old time friend, was out and even though it is hard for him to get around, he managed three nice keeper Fluke. We could not tell if bait was better than jigs today, but we would guess the big Gulp baits were best.
We had our best fishing in the bow today although there were fish all around the boat. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ fished the stern today and won the daily pool with a 7-pound Fluke. We gave away a free trip for the 60th keeper of the day and fittingly it went to Jose Reyes on his birthday. Once again, we had mostly quality fish.
Tomorrow should be a good day with similar conditions and the rain forecast washed back until evening. Since we sail at 7:00 AM, our trips often miss the afternoon weather.
SORRY, NO GALLEY TOMORROW 9/12
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,310
September 10, 2013 – It was another good day on the ANGLER today with lots of Fluke over 4-pounds. Conditions were good with a flat ocean.
had the first Fluke of the day, a nice 6-pound fish and led the pool for most of the day.
However, it was Lisa Lubinski from Old Bridge, NJ with a 6Â½-pounder who took the pool. Bait was best today with jumbo smelts making a big difference.
Bill Swirko from Clifton, NJ had six big keepers only keeping five.
We had fair short action and some birds. We could easily take this kind of fishing for the next two weeks.
OUR BIG POOL IS $3,260 WITH 2 WEEKS TO GO
WE HAVE SPEARING AND BIG SMELTS FOR BAIT
SAILING 7:00 AM – FIRST BOAT OUT
September 7, 2013 – We had a good bunch of regulars today who could fish and all put keepers in the boat.
Justin Monro from Edison, NJ took his second pool this week with another 7-pound plus Fluke. Robindra Karmaker from Princeton Junction, NJ made another limit
catch of five Fluke totaling 25 pounds. Sue Munro from Matawan, NJ was back again with four Fluke from 4 to 5Â½-pounds.
Today was one of our top 3 days of the year with Fluke. Mate Joe was still cutting at the dock, which doesn't happen often. (We do not save fish to fillet at the dock for a show.)
BIG POOL $3,21O – AN 8Â½-POUND FLUKE IS IN THE LEAD
SAILING BY 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
REMINDER… WE ARE CHARTERED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
September 6, 2013 – The early wind made for tough fishing in the morning, but when it died out, the Fluke turned on. We had an okay day, but there were not as may jumbos as yesterday.
Bill Karg from Millington NJ caught a 7-pounder for the pool when the wind blew and then add four more nice fish when the drift got right.
We will be back to west winds for the weekend and we like that.
7:00 AM SAILING ON SATURDAY AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
BIG POOL NOW $3,180
SPEARING AND JUMBO SMELT BAITS FOR THE BIG ONES
September 5, 2013 – Quality Fluke, limit catches and nice weather… It was a good day to be a party boat captain. We had good Fluke fishing from start to finish with many Fluke over 5 pounds. Susan Munro from Matawan, NJ won the pool with a 27-inch Fluke that weighed over 7 pounds and had another Fluke weighing over 6 pounds. Tina
also had some big ones today and everyone had keeper fish today. Patrick Costa from Boonton, NJ jigged all his including a limit and Dennis DePalma from Montville, NJ was high hook with eight keepers only keeping his five fish limit that weighed in at 25 pounds. SMILES, SMILES and MORE SMILES!
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,170
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY). WE ARE THE FIRST BOAT OUT!
GALLEY OPEN TOMORROW (FRIDAY)
WE HAVE SPEARING AND JUMBO SMELTS FOR THE BIG ONES
REMINDER… WE ARE CHARTERED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
September 4, 2013 – The drift got too fast today with a stiff west breeze and ebb tide and we were forced to leave where we have been fishing after a few drifts. The lines were streaming with 12-ounce sinkers and we were forced down the beach. There were too many boats where we have been fishing, so we went further south where we found some keepers and shorts in a couple of areas. We did find some nicer fish with the pool fish around 7 pounds.
There are still plenty of Fluke around when conditions are right. Richard Cortanix from Wall Township, NJ won today's pool.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,150
BOB WILL BE BACK IN GALLEY ON FRIDAY
SAILING AT 7:00AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY)
WE HAVE SPEARING AND SMELTS FOR BAIT
WE ARE CHARTERED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – No open boat morning trip.
September 3, 2013 – Overall, catching was slower for us today. However, most Fluke were quality fish.
Bill Kress from Wayne, NJ was one of our anglers who had a good day with four keepers and a 7-pound pool fish. Bill always fishes with bait. Ray Slodowski was another bait angler with four nice keepers today. There were some fish on Spro jigs, but bait was better. Plenty of Sea Robins, but there were no big numbers on the shorts.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,130
WE ARE THE FIRST BOAT OUT AT 7:00 AM
September 2, 2013 – The times have certainly changed. We used to have anglers who didn't worry about the forecast of a few showers and if the fish were biting, they came down. We know because we probably fished with or took your father or grandfather fishing. We have had the pleasure of taking many excellent Flukers fishing over the
years and they would have been down today with the fish reports and forecast. In the last four days, our four biggest Fluke weighed a total of 34 pounds, which is decent for 2013. We have had three anglers with limits weighing over 25 pounds. This is nice Fluke fishing.
Here is today's story. This was the last day that a ten-pound Fluke would take half the Big Pool so we spent the day looking for big Fluke.
There were plenty of nice fish but no 10-pounder so the pool now runs to the end of the season and the biggest Fluke takes all. TK Shanahan still leads with an 8-pound 8-ounce Fluke. Bigger fish not in the pool have beaten it three times.
Rabindra Karmaker had a 7Â¾-pound Fluke that lead today's pool for a while, but he lost to Justin Somer from Edison, NJ with his 8-pound Fluke. Both anglers limited out with
catches over 25 pounds total weight.
OUR BIG POOL NOW $3,130
YOU ONLY ENTER ONCE AND YOU ARE IN IT. ONLY THREE WEEKS LEFT!
NO GALLEY UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK
CHARTER NEXT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
September 1, 2013 – WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD FLUKE MARATHON TRIP TODAY WITH MANY NICE FISH. Mr. Kim from Bridgewater, NJ did a good job with keepers in the bow and took the pool with a fat 7Â¾-pound Fluke.
Mike the plumber had his limit early today and so did young Zach Nowicki from Long Valley, NJ.
The wind and tide were together at the end of the trip and it did slow down the bite, but we still had some nice
keepers. Things are looking up since were many more shorts today.
The threat of showers kept many folks home today and we expect tomorrow to be a lite day with good fishing and lots of room.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $3,120. TOMORROW IS THE FINAL DAY FOR THE 10-POUND OPTION. THE POOL CONTINUES TO THE LAST DAY OF FLUKE SEASON (9/24).
SORRY, NO GALLEY TOMORROW
August 31, 2013 – GOOD FUN AND GOOD FISHING TODAY!
It was our first Marathon Trip of the holiday weekend today and we must admit that we were not too happy with the wind when we arrived at the dock this morning. We had some people go home after waiting all night, but it turned out they should have hung out a little longer. The wind died out before we sailed and conditions were great for most of the day.
The highlight of the day was Wendy Gorsky who caught an eleven-pound Fluke. We don't
allow family members of the crew in pools, so our Big Pool stays the same. This is the third time the Big Pool leader has been beat by fish not in the pool.
There were plenty of big fluke today. Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ caught his limit on jigs today and all were over 5 pounds. Now that's Fluke fishing! Rick who fished opposite Jose also limited out.
was very happy on our last drift when he landed a 6-pounder to beat Jose who was leading the pool at the time. However, Chip Pfeiffer from Stewartsville, NJ took the pool 5-minutes later with a whistle fish.
SUNDAY IS ANOTHER MARATHON FLUKE TRIP SAILING AT 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM – NO GALLEY
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,990
August 30, 2013 – We had all regulars out today in quest of a big one. We had a good amount of quality Fluke today, but none big enough to dethrone our 8Â½-pound leader. Dennis DePalma had our biggest fish today at 7Â¾-pounds. There were numerous Fluke in the five and 6-pound class. We also saw a lot more shorts today. We were happy with what we saw today and we think our Marathon Fluke Trips tomorrow and Sunday
should be a success.
SPEARING AND JUMBO SMELTS SUPPLIED FOR THE BIG ONES
August 29, 2013 – There was a good east wind blowing around 20 knots when we got to the point and with the ebb tide it was very uncomfortable to say the least. It was wind against
the tide, which actually helped to slow the drift and we picked away on very nice keepers with little to no short life. Most of the Fluke were around 5 pounds and this was similar to what we had yesterday. Gulp baits worked best today. Mike was able to land three keepers and that included a pool fish of around 6 pounds.
Tomorrow's weather looks much better wind wise and we should be able to fish where we want.
It also looks good for our Marathon Trips on Saturday and Sunday.
NO GALLEY TILL THE END OF NEXT WEEK
FLUKE MARATHON TRIPS
7 AM to 4 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
August 28, 2013 – Well, we were fooled today. We started the day with near perfect conditions and where there was a load of
nice Fluke, but it was only a pick. We had some nice fish, but we would have bet and lost that it would have been lights out Fluke fishing. We ended up fishing where we did yesterday plucking two to six keepers per drift. Most keepers were 4-pounds and up which helped, but there were very few shorts. Not many people on board today with the forecast for rain, but it never rained and almost everyone had fish.
from Manalapan, NJ took the pool with a nice six pounder. Archie Stewart had three Fluke each weighing over 4 pounds.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,930
NO GALLEY FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS
FLUKE MARATHON TRIPS THIS WEEKEND!
7 AM to 4 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
August 27, 2013 – Today we had wind against the tide all day, but we did manage lots of larger fish from 4 to 6Â½-pounds. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ took the pool with a 6Â½-pound 26-inch Fluke. Jay Slomovitz from Westfield, NJ had an early limit catch on bait with some very nice fish.
On Monday, a stiff breeze was good for our beach, but we could only find a pick of keepers with some spots having good short action. Our best fishing was the change of tide drift in our channel. Al Johnson from Laural, PA took the pool with a 6Â½-pound Fluke and the high hook had four keepers.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,920
SAILING 7:00 AM THURSDAY
FLUKE MARATHON TRIPS THIS WEEKEND!
7 AM to 4 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
August 25, 2013 – When the conditions got right, so did the bite. We ended the day on a high note
catching Fluke where we only had a few shorts when the conditions were poor. We had a very slow start, but it is how you end the game that counts. Mesrob Massoyan from Closter, NJ took the pool with a Fluke between 5 and 6 pounds. Patrick Costa from Boonton, NJ had another limit catch. The weather looks good all week long.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,840
SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY – GALLEY OPEN
August 24, 2013 – Today was not a good day to be a party boat captain. An east wind today made for an uncomfortable roll and tough conditions for ocean fishing. It would have been a
perfect day for bay fishing, but there hasn't been any there for months. We went down the beach to get away from the current and only had a couple of keepers per drift. It was not worth the rocking. We had a few in the channels, but lost the drift. Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ took the pool with a 4-pound Fluke, his only keeper. We had some short life and a few
folks managed a couple of keepers. Tomorrow is a brand new ball game and we sail at 7:30 AM.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,830
FLUKE MARATHON TRIPS NEXT WEEKEND!
7 AM to 4 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
August 23, 2013 – We had great conditions to start the day with a good first drift, but it ended when a ship came up the channel forcing us to move. After that, there were just too many boats working the area.
The rest of the day was a pick with a few keepers on each drift. The Fluke fishing was not like yesterday and there were no big ones today. Chris Schagelin
from Roxbury, NJ won today's pool.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM SATURDAY – GALLEY OPEN
OUR BIG POOL OVER $2,750 - LEAD BY 8Â½-POUND FLUKE
August 22, 2013 – There were lots of big Fluke on the ANGLER today with the pool
leader changing at least four times.
Joe Beyers had a 6Â½-pound fish and it got beat by Jim Custer's 7Â¼-pound Fluke.
However, Joel Zaretsky from Manalapan, NJ finally took the pool with a 9-pound 14-ounce 30-inch beauty!
We heard a few people say they caught their personal best today. Young Bob Smith had a 5Â½-pound Fluke on his
first trip aboard the ANGLER. It was a great day to be a party boat captain.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – GALLEY OPEN
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,730 $$$
August 21, 2013 – We had another good day on the Fluke grounds with big fish again. The morning was the best before the full moon tide when the current became too strong. There were plenty of 3 to 5-pound Fluke and we had at least one limit with everyone catching fish. Rick took the pool with a 7Â¼-pound Fluke and his second fish was 5Â½-pounds. The young
guys got nice keepers and the old guys also scored. It was bait and jigs today.
OUR BIG POOL IS $2,730 WITH AN 8Â½-POUND LEADER
FLUKE MARATHON TRIPS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
7 AM to 4 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
August 20, 2013 – It was a good day of Fluke fishing today with quality fish. We had a problem with a low battery on the camera and could only take a couple of shots of the bigger fish.
Cigar Bob did well with bait and had four nice keepers. Dennis De Palma had his limit of five nice keepers and lost the pool with a 7Â½-pound Fluke! Janice Thompson won another pool with an 8-pound 7-ounce Fluke
and just missed the leader in the Big Pool by one ounce.
Speaking of the Big Pool, it is now $2,720 and if you catch a 10-pound Fluke in the next thirteen days, you can take half of it.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW – WE ARE THE FIRST BOAT OUT!!!
August 19, 2013 – We fished both inshore and offshore today since there was only a short time inshore where conditions were good. Overall, we did not have the
good fishing we wanted to see. Although some people like John Husar from Bellville, NJ (who fishes at least once a week) had his best trip this year. John bait fished and not only had his limit but a nice 7Â½-pound pool fish too. Bait was better, yet Archie did okay with the jigs. Our Big Pool finally made it to $2,700.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN ALL WEEK
August 18, 2013 – It was another nice day of ocean Fluke fishing, with a very nice keeper to short ratio and many quality Fluke.
Ray Paradiso from Fair Lawn, NJ had the pool with
a Fluke around 6 pounds. Bait worked best for keepers today with Wendy catching four Fluke between 3 to 5 pounds.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW AND PREDICT A VERY GOOD DAY
OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $2,680 WITH ONLY TWO WEEKS TO LABOR DAY
August 17, 2013 – There was a flat ocean and not much of a drift, but we banged away offshore today. We had plenty of shorts and enough keeper Fluke to keep us happy, and there were at least six Fluke between 5 and 6 pounds.
Steve Labodin from New Paltz, NY won the pool. Jim Custer
had two 5-pounders on the next to the last drift and Tina had a couple of big Fluke too. All in all, it was a nice day on the water and much better than yesterday. We never had the wind forecast for today.
SUNDAY LOOKS LIKE A VERY GOOD DAY FOR FLUKE FISHING
SAILING AT 7:30 AM ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY
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August 16, 2013 – We went right back to where we had good fishing on Thursday and had good fishing again, but it only lasted for about an hour. The drift died and although we still had okay short life, only a few keepers were
coming aboard. We headed for Ambrose for the change of tide and had a few keepers, but the drift was fast. It didn't take long for the drift to slow, but this created tangles since we were not moving away from the baits. We ended up catching some fish when we started to move, but the tangles were a pain.
THE ANGLER IS SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,680 $$$
August 15, 2013 – We had a great day of ocean Fluke fishing with great action all day long. There were almost too many shorts to count today. We had plenty of anglers with four keepers who never got their fifth and some that did.
Russ and Susan jigged nine nice fish and
John had a limit catch. TK Shanahan, our Big Pool leader, had four nice Fluke. Mike from Jackson, NJ won the daily pool and finally got a nice weather day after fishing the last three days in a row. Some folks who normally connect had all shorts today. The weather looks great for the next few days.
WE ARE THE EARLY BOAT SAILING AT 7:00 AM
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,620 $$$
August 14, 2013 – More wind than expected or forecast for today and less fish. We had just a pick on Fluke today with some areas barren. We averaged about one keeper per man.
Walter caught four keepers and Joe Buckley
from Lawrence Harbor, NJ won the pool with a 3Â½-pound Fluke.
Tomorrow should be much better if the wind dies out tonight.
THE ANGLER IS THE FIRST BOAT OUT AT 7:00 AM ON THURSDAY
August 13, 2013 – We had some off our most dedicated Fluke anglers out on a miserable rainy day and they spent the day at the rail catching some nice quality Fluke. Not many shorts today and the jiggers like Archie and Jim did best. Jim and Jack, who fish
every Tuesday, did okay on bait as they always do. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ is on a roll and won another fluke pool.
The weathermen screwed up another forecast. They got the rain right, but they called for southwest winds and it was blowing northeast all day. You cannot be any more wrong than that! Rain does not matter, but winds do when you are Fluke fishing. If they
get it right tomorrow (northwest winds), it will be perfect.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM THE NEXT FOUR DAYS
August 12, 2013 – Jeff Greene from Hanover, NJ had our biggest Fluke of the season today, a 9Â½-pound
beauty. If Jeff was in the Big Pool, he would be leading, but he was just glad to catch his PB fluke. The action was slower than the weekend, but still a good day.
Jim Custer had four nice keepers and Larry had a Fluke around 6 pounds. Yesterday we posted that we would not be surprised with a bigger fish than our current 8Â½-pound leader and it happened today.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,580 $$$
August 11, 2013 – With a better drift it would have been a banner day, but it was very good. There were far too many shorts, but there were big fish mixed in. At least a half dozen fish weighed from five to six pounds and the pool fish was 8-pounds 6-ounces (just 2 ounces less than the Big Pool leader.) Jiggers did best today since there was little drift. Scott Rever from Basking Ridge, NJ ended the
day with seven keepers and the big fish. There is a good chance someone will hit the Big Pool this week. Candy man George hit the dollar pool today and jigged some nice Fluke.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM ON MONDAY GALLEY OPEN
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,570 $$$
August 10, 2013 – Everything was good for today's Fluke Marathon even the weather. The extra time helped today since it took a little time to find some hungry Fluke. There were plenty of shorts, plenty of action and enough keeper Fluke to go around. There were a few limit catches and jigging produced the best by far. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ won the pool for a
second time this week with a nice 6-pound Fluke. If you love Fluke fishing, this was the trip for you.
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,540 $$$ – A FEW NICE FISH WERE LOST TODAY
SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY
August 8, 2013 – We fished the deep today with good Fluke fishing in the same area where we had good fishing on Tuesday and poor fishing yesterday. We had a ton of shorts today that you had to pick through for keepers. One angler had 19 shorts including two double-headers before he got his first keeper. Bait was best today although jigging was good when the tide slowed. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ took
today's pool and had four keepers.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM FRIDAY – NO GALLEY
FLUKE MARATHON SATURDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – FARE $75 – GALLEY OPEN
August 7, 2013 – We had tough pickings today. There were only a few fish on each drop and nowhere near yesterday's hot action. We are sure it was conditions since everyone else we spoke to had a problem today.
Even the cownose rays were gone. Yes, we some nice fish, but our hopes were high. Joe Byers from Toms River, NJ won the daily pool with a Fluke around 5 pounds that he caught on a live snapper. Pat Kostka was just beat and dethroned this week in our Big Pool. No rain today, but the forecast for it kept many people home.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM THURSDAY – NO GALLEY
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,480 $$$
August 6, 2013 – This was one of our best trips of the year with big Fluke, many limits and action all day. Mate Joe's wife Wendy was on fire with big fish. Shorty Lewis
from Patterson, NJ took the pool with a Fluke close to seven pounds and he had another one very close to this. Almost everyone on board had at least one big one plus shorts and standard keepers. Bait was best today.
DO NOT LET THE CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS KEEP YOU HOME!
WE SAIL AT 7:00 AM AND ARE THE FIRST BOAT OUT
OUR GALLEY IS OPEN TOMORROW
THE NEXT FLUKE MARATHON IS SATURDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – FARE $75
August 5, 2013 – Another nice day with good Fluke fishing. Once again, many 3 to 5 pound Fluke came over the rails. TK Shanahan
was able to make his first Fluke trip of the year and is our new Big Pool leader with a 28 inch, 8Â½-pound Fluke. He fished braid and had three other nice keepers. As we said yesterday, there are lots of big Fluke showing up. COME AND GET YOURS!
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,330 $$$
SAILING 7:00 AM TUESDAY – GALLEY OPEN
August 4, 2013 – Great weather and great Fluke fishing today; you could not ask for anything more. We fished many different areas and they all had fish. We had plenty of quality Fluke with many keepers weighing between 3 and 5 pounds.
Juan had our first limit today and Jose, who won the pool, had seven keepers and a Weakfish (another limit.) Tomorrow's weather looks similar to today and we expect more good results.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM MONDAY – GALLEY OPEN
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,390 $$$ – BIG FISH BEING CAUGHT!
THE NEXT FLUKE MARATHON IS SATURDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – FARE $75
August 3, 2013 – We made a quick stop on our way out in the channels and had good short life, but only a few keepers. The tide was starting to run so we headed offshore where we had such a good day yesterday. THERE WAS FAIR SHORT LIFE, BUT ONLY A FEW KEEPERS, SO WE WENT FURTHER OFF WHERE WE FOUND MORE KEEPERS AND SOME NICE SEA BASS PLUS GOOD SHORT LIFE. The keeping was not good, so at the end of the day we headed back
to the channel for the tide change. It was a good move and we stayed late and caught some quality Fluke. The pool changed hands five times during the day, but Robbie Ho from New York, NY won the pool with a 6-pound Fluke.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,350 $$$
August 2, 2013 – Today was one of the 10 best weather days and the fishing was as good as the weather. There were a lot of 4-pound and 5
-pound Fluke along with a couple of limit catches. The pool fish was a 7-pound Fluke caught by Jay Slomovitz from Westfield, NJ and he had a few other keepers. Bobbie had a double-header keeper and the first limit catch. Rich had the second limit catch and ended the day with six. There were plenty of anglers with three or four keepers. There were also some nice Sea Bass in the mix.
SIMILAR WEATHER CONDITIONS TOMORROW AND IT SHOULD BE GOOD FISHING
SAILING SATURDAY AT 7:00 AM
OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $$$ 2,300 $$$
THE NEXT FLUKE MARATHON IS NEXT SATURDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – FARE $75
OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
August 1, 2013 – We had a very nice day of Fluke fishing with all quality fish from 3 to 6 pounds. The shorts were very short and the keepers were all very nice. The rain was a bit of a pain from late morning on, but since it was warm, you just slickered up and enjoyed the day. Easy fishing with a lite crowd and everyone caught plenty of Fluke. Cigar Bob took another pool
today on bait. Jigging also worked. Our Big Pool is $$$2,250$$$.
A WEST WIND IS FORECAST FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. WE WILL BE FISHING OFFSHORE TOMORROW LOOKING FOR BIGGER FLUKE AND SOME SEA BASS IF THE FORECAST HOLDS.
July 29, 2013 – ANGLER regular,
Pat Kostka from Boonton, NJ took the lead in our Big Pool (now worth $2,230) with an 8-pound 2-ounce Fluke and beat Dennis by 6 ounces. Pat is a jig angler and has had many limit catches and pool fish with us. Fishing was good today with nice weather and plenty of action. Shorts were everywhere and some caught 20 with only a keeper or two, while others did
better in the keeper count. We will be spending some time in the channels each day, so a big Fluke can pop up anytime. Many of the keepers today were quality fish.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS AND OUR GALLEY WILL BE OPEN
OUR NEXT FLUKE MARATHON IS SATURDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – FARE $75
July 26, 2013 – The Ocean was nice for Fluking although some folks couldn't handle the morning roll. We had good Fluke action with plenty of keepers and shorts plus some very nice Sea Bass. 'Cigar Bob' Craney was the first to limit out. Russ Buchinsky from Matawan, NJ had the second limit catch and he ended the day with eight. Young Tyler Smith from Hatboro, PA also limited out. Rich Mroezek
from Scotch Plains, NJ won the pool with a 6-pound pool fish and a limit catch. Jose Reyes from Nutley, NJ ended the day with four keeper Fluke and eight Sea Bass. If you love Fluke fishing, these Marathon trips give you plenty of fishing time and fish.
Sunday's weather forecast will keep many people home, but they'll miss a good day on the water.
July 26, 2013
– On Thursday 7/25 there was a stiff Northeast wind and we spent the day to the north where the water was flat and we managed a good catch for tough conditions. Artie got us started with the first keeper and it held up all day for the pool.
Today, Siedler Chemical chartered the boat for their annual Fluke trip. It was constant action with over 400 Fluke caught. We ended the day in the ocean and the water was calm after yesterday's swell. There was a tremendous amount of shorts on both days. The Big Pool is now worth $2,090.
Saturday is looking very good for our Marathon Offshore Fluke Trip from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
July 24, 2013 – We had plenty of action today when the drift slowed but way too many 17-inch Fluke going back for another day. Jigs or bait, it did not matter. The Fluke were hungry. Howie was high hook keeper-wise, but many guys had over 30 Fluke today. The Big Pool is
now worth $2,080. Our Galley is open.
CHARTERED ON FRIDAY, JULY 26
MARATHON FLUKE TRIP – 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM SATURDAY, JULY 27 – FARE $75
July 21, 2013
– We started out with quality Fluke right away with most fish weighing 3 to 4 pounds. It lasted until the current picked up and then we made a move to Ambrose Channel. Once again, we had good fishing until the current killed us. Chip Pfeiffer from Stewartsville, NJ made it two pools in a row on big baits. Our big pool is now worth $2,030.
SAILING AT 7:30 AM TOMORROW (MONDAY)
CHARTERED ON FRIDAY, JULY 26
MARATHON FLUKE TRIP
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM SATURDAY, JULY 27 – FARE $75
July 19, 2013 – The current was strong again today and forced us to leave the channels where we had some action on the ebb tide.
CHARTERED TOMORROW – SATURDAY, JULY 20
SAILING AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY, JULY 21
July 18, 2013 – We spent the day Fluke fishing in the ocean hitting snags and rock piles and caught some real nice Fluke in many areas. The current was strong this morning requiring heavy weights, but when the current slowed, we had a very good bite.
from Whippany, NJ won the pool with a Fluke around 6 pounds. Jim Custer from Edison, NJ had no problem limiting out while jigging and pink was the color today. Little Joey also jigged his limit. Tomorrow should also be a good day and there have been light crowds with the heat, but it is nice on the water.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY)
CHARTERED ON SATURDAY, JULY 20
July 14, 2013 – We have been fishing in the channels the last few days and the Fluke fishing has been good. These are bigger fish and many limit catches. Little Joey bagged a 7Â¼-pound Fluke yesterday!
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IMPORTANT: THE ANGLER HAS PRIVATE CHARTERS NEXT
SATURDAY, JULY 20 and on the following FRIDAY, JULY 26. We will NOT be sailing in the morning on those days.
July 9, 2013 – We had some good fishing today; it was better than we had the past couple of days. Many of the fish caught were quality fish, between 3 and 5 pounds. Bob Craney of Parsippany, NJ won the pool today with a nice five-pound fish. Wendy Gorsky
of Middletown, NJ had a nice fish, close to 5Â½-pounds.
SAILING TOMORROW, 7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
July 7, 2013 – Like the past couple of days, today was a slow pick with a few quality fish. 9-year-old Alex Stone from Tampa, Florida caught his first ever fish, which was a nice five pound fish. It turned out to be today's pool fish.
SAILING TOMORROW, 7:30 AM TO 2:30 PM
July 6, 2013 – Fluke fishing today was better than the past two days. We did find some fish offshore of Sea Bright and many of them were quality fish. Bill Chiavarini from Piscataway, NJ had his limit today, as did Dennis DePalma from Montville, NJ. Chris Arthur took the pool today with a nice 5Â½-pound fish.
SAILING TOMORROW, 7:30 AM TO 2:30 PM
July 5, 2013 – In the morning, the Fluke bite was not too bad, with lots of action. As the morning went on, the bite started to die out. We had a slow pick for the rest of the day. Alex Rosa of Old Bridge, NJ took the pool today with a nice 6-pound Fluke.
WE ARE SAILING SATURDAY MORNING AT 7:00 AM
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July 4, 2013 – Happy Fourth of July America! Fishing today was slower than the past few days with a slow pick all day. We caught a few fish on every drift. Archie Stewart
of Nutley, NJ won the pool today with a 4Â½-pound Fluke.
WE ARE SAILING TOMORROW AT 7 AM and we will be fishing offshore to try to find some bigger fish. See you in the morning.
July 3, 2013 – Had good fishing again today with many limit catches. Most of the fish caught were quality fish. George Push from Westfield, NJ had his limit; two of his five Fluke were between three and five pounds. Jay the
Dentist from Westfield, NJ took the pool today with a Fluke close to six pounds.
SAILING JULY 4 AT 7:00 AM and returning at 2:00 PM
July 2, 2013 – We had good conditions all day long and ended up with very good Fluke fishing for a small gang. Quality Fluke today with no need to measure most fish.
Little Joey had the biggest just under 7 pounds on a jig. Mike Gray from Pine Lake, NJ had the first limit catch using a rental rod and boat bait. Others like Vinny Faiella
who switched to bait, got quality keepers as a reward. Chris from Blairstown, NJ took today's pool.
We had people call and e-mail that missed a great day on the water with good fluking. Atlantic Highlands offers some of the best Fluke fishing on the coast. We do not have to fish the ocean when it blows Southerly or Easterly for days. The only wind that is tough is a strong North wind, but it is fishable in NY waters.
SAILING TOMORROW AT 7:00 AM - FIRST BOAT OUT!
OUR BIG POOL IS OVER $1,500
June 30, 2013 – Fluke fishing today was much slower and here is the story. The southerly wind continues and we are limited to where we can fish. By the time Sunday comes around, the places with fish are pounded. There is no place to hide and the boat traffic was bad. Thank God tomorrow is Monday. We posted Friday that Saturday was the better day and it was. Patrick Costa
from Boonton, NJ took the first keeper pool and the daily pool jigging. It was nice to see Ed Aspril also from Boonton, NJ and he had a good day with the jigs.
June 29, 2013 – We were going to fish down the beach today with a South wind forecast and a flood tide. Well, the wind was West to Northwest and we saw the ocean combing between the 5 and 7 buoys in Sandy Hook channel. We knew to stay in the Bay and we had good Fluke fishing.
Jose Reyes from Nutley, Charlie Ho from Martinsville and Jim Custer from Edison all jigged their limits. These anglers work hard and know what they are doing. Jim Custer also took the pool today, but LJ,
who was not in the pool, had today's biggest Fluke. On Sunday, we are going to try to sail by 7:00 AM if people are down early.
June 28, 2013 – We had a charter today and had some great weather again. The weatherman has been scaring lots of people. It is summertime and we do get afternoon thunderstorms, but by sailing at 7:00 AM, we are in at 2:00 PM
and beat most of them. The worst thing today was the forecast for wind direction and strength. The weathermen missed the mark again.
Fluke fishing was okay today with fish on every drift and we had 13 keepers on our best drift. Today's pool winner was J. Lee
from Demarest, NJ. Everything was on bait today since our superstar jiggers were absent. Tomorrow will be a different story. And if the forecast holds, it should be good fishing. If you have a choice, choose tomorrow over Sunday since less wind is forecast.
June 27, 2013 – We fished a lot of different areas again today and found Fluke at all of them, but it took all day to scrape a catch together.
A couple of 5-pound Fluke tied for the pool today. Joe Byers
from Toms River, NJ caught one of the Fluke and the other one by George Talnagi from Clayton, NJ. Bait was best again today with Greg catching four keepers.
THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED TOMORROW FRIDAY, JUNE 28 and we will not run our usual open boat trip.
June 26, 2013 – We took an hour ride out of the chute this morning knowing it would be no good where we have been
fishing. We had Fluke right away, but there were only a few keepers mixed in. However, there were some jumbo Sea Bass.
Bill Chiavarini from Piscataway, NJ had the hot combo of big pink and white Gulp grubs. He put everyone to shame
and had his limit by 10:30 AM. There were plenty of Fluke where we were, but we were losing the drift so we steamed back to the channel where we had good action yesterday. It took a while for the drift to get good enough where we could hold a line and had a steady pick of Fluke but most went back. We did not see the nice fish we had yesterday. Today's pool winner was Scott Richardson
from Bergenfield, NJ. We have been rain-free leaving at 7:00 AM, so don't let the threat of a thunderstorm keep you away. Our Galley is open.
WE ARE CHARTERED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28
June 25, 2013 – Today was a day where bait fishermen did much better with the keeper Fluke than jig fishermen. The jiggers caught plenty of Fluke but most were shorts.
Jack was out on his birthday with Cigar Bob, had a hot hand and caught his limit. Clayton Lausch
from Denver, PA got a 6-pound pool fish.
Fishing was slower today than Monday but we think it will bounce right back on Wednesday.
THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 28 and we will not be sailing in the morning.
June 24, 2013 – It was one beautiful day on the Fluke grounds today with good drifting
conditions and you never had to wait very long for a bite. The Fluke were hungry and so were the sharks sea robins and skates. Bait or jigs worked well with everyone catching today. For a while, it was hot on the sunny side of the boat, but perfect in the shade and we had a breeze all day along with a flat ocean.
Darren Summer from Cedar Knolls, NJ had four keepers and that included today's 5-pound pool
fish. The next few days have similar weather forecasts and with a little luck, fishing will be as good as today.
WE ARE CHARTERED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28
June 23, 2013 – Nice conditions again today and we spent all day in the ocean
where we found a few different areas with some nice keepers. Most folks ended up with at least one keeper and some had three or four. As this full moon wanes, we will have good ocean fishing since there are fish in spots where there had been none.
Mike Ayres from Milford, NJ had three nice keepers and the pool today. Many of the bigger Fluke have been spitting up 5-inch Spots when they hit the deck. The weather looks good all week.
WE ARE CHARTERED FRIDAY, JUNE 28
June 22, 2013 – We were glad we had a marathon trip today and were able to fish offshore out of the current. The fishing was only fair in my book
averaging one keeper per person. Of course, some folks had three or four keepers and some had none. We also had some Ling and Sea Bass to spice up the coolers. Tom Lindemann from New Winslow, NY took the pool with a nice 6Â½-pound Fluke. This was Tom's second pool this week. There were other fish over five pounds. Overall, it was a nice day with good
drifting conditions and plenty of action. Sunday and Monday, we sail from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Sorry, no Galley services on Sunday.
THE ANGLER IS CHARTERED NEXT FRIDAY, JUNE 28 and we will not be sailing in the morning.
June 21, 2013 – We started out the day in the channels and had a good second drift before the current hit. We thought we were in, but the drift got too fast and the Fluke shut down. We had a few including the pool fish on our last drift, but lost conditions fast when the wind came up against the tide. Ed Carlson from Gillette, NJ won the pool with a whistle fish.
9-HOUR FLUKE MARATHON – 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM SATURDAY JUNE 22
WE WILL BE FISHING THE OFFSHORE LUMPS BUMPS AND WRECKS FOR BIG FLUKE. OUR GALLEY WILL BE OPEN
IMPORTANT: THE ANGLER HAS A PRIVATE CHARTER NEXT FRIDAY, JUNE 28 and we will not be sailing in the morning.
June 20, 2013 – Today was the nicest day of the week weather wise and drifting conditions were good all day. The
only problem was the catching was not as good as it has been.
We did have some nice fish today with Bill Gilleran from Bridgewater, NJ winning the pool with a 6-pound Fluke. Susan Munro
from Matawan, NJ showed she can catch them again today and just missed the pool with her last keeper of 5Â¾-pounds. Okay short action and a little over 30 keepers today. We are sailing at 7:00 AM tomorrow.
9-HOUR FLUKE MARATHON – 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM SATURDAY JUNE 22
June 19, 2013 – We did not like the North breeze this morning and thought we would have a tough day, but the Fluke Gods were with us and we had another very good day of Fluke fishing.
Janice was the first lady to win a pool this year and she did it with a nice 6-pound Fluke. She had a hot hand and had three keepers on the first drift before the other boats arrived on the grounds.
Skip, who comes all the way from
Bordentown, NJ was high-hook with six nice keeper Fluke and caught at least 30 fish today. He was jigging Spros tipped with Gulp. Many others had four keepers today.
EARLY BOAT - 7:00 AM DEPARTURE TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
SATURDAY JUNE 22 – 9-HOUR FLUKE FROM 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM - FARE IS $75
June 18, 2013 – We had another good day of Fluke fishing on the ANGLER today with most folks catching 2 to 4 keepers and very good short action. Just picked away on the ebb, but when the tide came together with the Southeast breeze, it was game on. It was all regulars today and by sailing early, we beat the rain.
Bill Zwirko from Clifton, NJ added another pool to his credit today with a 5Â½-pound Fluke. We also got a big Tog today on Fluke bait.
June 17, 2013 – The good fishing continues. There were plenty of big Fluke today with six fish weighing over 5 pounds. And there were plenty of anglers with three, four and five keepers. Ray Slodowski from Toms River, NJ took the pool with a 6Â¾-pound Fluke. Vince Peters
from Union, NJ had a limit catch and two of his Fluke weighed over 5 pounds. OUR BIG POOL IS NOW $1,160.
June 16, 2013 – Happy Father's day! We had a good day of Fluke fishing today with a solid catch of keepers and shorts. Tom Lindemann
from New Winslow, NY took the pool with a nice 5-pound Fluke. Brian 'Poppy' Gusman was High hook with six keepers on bait. Jim Custer and Mike the Plumber both jigged four keepers each on Spro jigs. Tomorrow's weather looks good.
June 15, 2013 – It was not the best of conditions today with the wind against the tide, but we had a good day with 60 keepers and very good short action. Rich Campanella from Toms River, NJ had three keepers and got the pool fish as our last fish of the day. It pays to hang in there until the three whistles blow.
We can hardly wait until Monday to get rid of some of the boat traffic. None of them has a mind of their own. It looks like a good week of weather. We are supposed to sail at 7:30 AM on Sunday, but we will try to get an early start.
June 14, 2013 – The poor weather kept us tied to the dock for two days, but the weekend is looking good and we will
be sailing open Saturday at 7:00 AM and our Galley will be open. Wednesday's trip was good and we got nice ocean Fluke and smiles.
SATURDAY JUNE 22 - SPECIAL 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM FLUKE TRIP - FARE IS $75
June 12, 2013 – It was a nice day with many old-time anglers. The weather was nothing like the forecast. It was
too windy to fish the Bay, so we went down the beach. Fishing was okay on the Shrewsbury Rocks with 40 to 50 keepers and a lot of tackle lost to the rocks.
Thursday's forecast looks good for catching Fluke with a Southeast breeze and a flood tide. The rain is supposed to hold off until 2:00 PM, which would be perfect since we get an early start at 7:00 PM. Sorry, no Galley service on Thursday. WE WILL NOT SAIL FRIDAY, JUNE 14.
OUR CHARTER WAS CANCELED...
WE WILL SAIL OPEN ON SATURDAY JUNE 15 AT 7:00 AM
June 11, 2013 – We had our Tuesday regulars out today for a good morning of Fluke fishing. We had fish right away and put most of our fish in the boat during the first three hours. We tried a few new areas but did not find much. Most folks had two or three keepers plus good short life.
Bruce (Frugal Fisherman) had his five fish limit. Tony Puzzo from Bridgewater, NJ won the pool. Wednesday's weather looks like the best of the week.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM WEDNESDAY AND OUR GALLEY WILL BE OPEN
June 9, 2013 – Sunday's trip had the rental rods out-fishing Spro jigs, which shows that the Fluke wanted bait. The water was brown from the rain and the scent of bait made the difference.
Archie, Howie and Mike all had at least three keepers on jigs and Jose won the pool.
June 8, 2013 – We thought yesterday's rain would kill us, but there were people who wanted Fluke and we took them there.
Jay Kim from Bergen, NJ had his limit and that included a 5-pound pool fish. As usual, Mike the plumber also had his limit. Slower than yesterday, but it still was a good day of Fluke fishing.
WE ARE SAILING AT 7:30 AM THE NEXT TWO DAYS – SUNDAY AND MONDAY
THE ANGLER HAS A PRIVATE CHARTER NEXT SATURDAY, JUNE 15 and we will not be sailing.
June 7, 2013 – Sailing early was the ticket on Thursday with the east wind and 7 AM high tide. We knew where the
Fluke were after ending Wednesday with a 35-keeper drift and had to get on the fish right away before the current changed. Well, P.R. had our earliest limit catching his fifth keeper at 8:53 AM. We continued to bang away at the Fluke with everyone catching keepers. Dennis DePalma had an early limit catch, as did Condo Bob. Ken Nicholas
from Jamesburg, NJ caught the 5 plus pound pool winning Fluke. Sailing early made our day since we were the first on the fish and able to hold them on a very long drift. Later arriving boats missed out.
With plenty of rain, but not much wind, we did not sail today (Friday). Saturday should be a nice day and since we are fishing in the bay, today's Southeast wind should have no effect.
WE ARE SAILING SATURDAY AT 7:00 AM. TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN!
June 5, 2013 – It was just a nice day to catch a bunch of quality Fluke. We had another day with well over 50 keepers and most Fluke are weighing 3 to 4 pounds.
Susan Munro from Matawan, NJ took today's pool with a 6Â½-pound fluke. Russ had a limit catch and the two of
them went home with a jumbo bag of fillets. When conditions got right, we had a great bite. Mate Joey was very busy filleting until after we docked.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW AND OUR GALLEY IS OPEN
June 4, 2013 – It was nice sailing at 7:00 AM except for the wind, which made for a fast cold drift. There were many serious ANGLER Flukers aboard today and we had a nice day with over 50 keepers plus loads of shorts, some Sea
Robins and Bluefish.
Bill Kress from Wayne, NJ won the daily pool with a Fluke over 5-pounds. For some reason the back of the boat did best today with some folks keeping four nice fish.
THE ANGLER IS SAILING AT 7:00 AM TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
June 3, 2013 – Fluke fishing was good today with most folks catching shorts and keepers, with a couple of limits.
from Stroudsburg, PA caught a 7-pound Fluke today. It is our biggest Fluke of the year so far and 1-ounce heavier than Vinny's Fluke yesterday, but Kenny was not in the Big Pool. Kenny also had his five fish limit. Skip from Bordentown, NJ also had his limit. Besides the short action, there was also a good amount of Bluefish up to 8 pounds.
SAILING AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW AND OUR GALLEY WILL BE OPEN
June 2, 2013 – Here is what Vinny Vintastic
said after Friday's trip "Decided to jump on the Angler for a hot day of shaking the B tails, well I think it was the right call with non-stop action from the beginning to the end." He continued, "The mates Joe and Mike were right there when net was yelled. A good day of fishing and my first limit catch on a head boat." "I can't wait to get them again."
Well, Vinny was back on the ANGLER today and is the new leader in our Big Pool with a nice 6-pound 15-ounce Fluke.
The wind was Southwest in the Bay, but South in the ocean and it shut the ocean Fluke off with cold water. We got a few in the ocean, but had to work our way back to the Bay to catch some fish. Fishing was much slower than the last few days, but it was the conditions, not a lack of Fluke.
STARTING TUESDAY, THE ANGLER WILL SAIL AT 7:00 AM EVERY DAY TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AND SAIL AT 7:30 AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY
June 1, 2013 – Another good day of Fluke fishing on the ANGLER was had by all, along with a couple of limits, namely by Mike the plumber and Jose. Rabindra Karmaker from Princeton Junction, NJ took the pool with a 5-pound Fluke.
May 31, 2013 – Starting on Tuesday June 4, The ANGLER will sail at 7:00 AM and return between 2:00 and 2:30 PM on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Trip times on Sundays and Mondays will remain the same at 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. We believe an early start will put more fish in the boat.
On Friday, we had a repeat performance of Thursday with very good Fluke fishing in our Bay to start the day and then some good fishing in the ocean on the ebb tide.
Patrick started the day with a Fluke over 5 pounds that held up all day for the pool. Patrick also had a limit catch.
Vinny Vintastic also had at least five keepers, as did 'Tugboat' Freddy who missed last year's Fluke season, but didn't lose his touch. It was a good day on the ANGLER.
We are sailing by 7:30 AM tomorrow and our Galley will be open.
May 30, 2013 – We had good Fluke fishing today. Our best fishing today was in the bay the first thing in the morning before all the boats arrived.
Howard Manger from West Orange, NJ had four keeper Fluke. Howard's first Fluke weighed 5 pounds and held up all day for the pool. It was nice and cool on the water and many folks got four or five keeper Fluke. The weather forecast is the same for the next few days.
May 29, 2013 – Only a few people wanted to go Fluke fishing today. We were the only Â¾-day boat out of Atlantic Highlands today, and only a few folks were aboard the two Â½-day boats that made it out.
Fishing was slower today than the last few days, but a couple of anglers had four keepers each and Jim Kramer from Parsippany, NJ had our largest Fluke of
the season at 6-pounds 2-ounces. Bob the cook also had three keepers today.
The weather looks good each day now, so come on down and catch some Fluke.
May 28, 2013 – We had good fishing today with lots of nice size
ocean Fluke. A little rain did not ruin our day (and the Fluke are wet anyway.)
Cigar Bob had his limit and won the pool with a 5-pound Fluke. Jim Custer left Brian home and got his five fish limit. Even Steve 'Z-man' Zaretsky caught a Fluke. The weather looks good all week.
May 27, 2013 – The weather was great and it was good to see so many ANGLER Flukers on board today. The Fluke made a good showing after
so many days of wind and poor conditions. There were lots of smiling faces today.
Mike the plumber from South Plainfield, NJ took a nice pool with a Fluke around 5 pounds. We had very good action today until a Southerly wind killed the drift. Tomorrow should be good and they say the showers will hold off until the afternoon.
May 26, 2013 – The strong winds of the last 48 hours dictated where we
could fish today. We worked the beach from the point to Sea Bright and had Fluke the entire stretch. The water temperature was 52 degrees and the drift was fast, but we had fish everywhere we went. Everyone had at least one keeper plus okay short life. We were pleased with our catch in tough conditions. Tomorrow (Monday) looks much nicer and each day after that looks better. Russ Buchinsky from Matawan, NJ won
the pool and had a couple of keepers. GALLEY OPEN TOMORROW
May 24, 2013 – We did not get out today. We caught a few keeper Fluke in the ocean on Thursday until the wind came on. We spent the rest of the day checking out the bays, but did not find much. The Fluke we had early in the week moved up the rivers and there were no
new ones to replace them. The west winds and recent full moon should bring in more fish.
Tom Molan from Hamburg, PA took the pool with a 4-pound Fluke. Hank Stok from Elberon, NJ also had a nice fish. There were only a handful of keepers.
Monday looks like it will be the best day of the holiday weekend.
A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT AND WE ARE NOT SAILING SATURDAY MAY 25
May 21, 2013 – It felt like summer today with warm temperatures and good Fluke fishing. The fishing was good all around the boat with Frank catching his limit in the stern and Mike with four nice fish in the bow. Hugh 'Mack' McGrinder from Dumont, NJ fished mid-ship on the starboard side had four keepers and won the pool. There were
plenty of anglers with two and three keepers caught on bait and jigs. This is much better Fluke fishing than this time last year. Of course, some folks only caught shorts.
It was good to see our regulars on such a nice day and we believe the Angler carries some of the best Flukers around.
The ANGLER is sailing 7:30 AM every day from the Fluke capital of the USA.
May 20, 2013 – We had a very good morning bite on the ebb tide today with tons of shorts and plenty of keeper Fluke. Carlos Hernandez was high hook with six keepers and John Frade from Lake Hopatcong, NJ caught the 4Â½-pound
pool fish. There were lots of 2-pound Bluefish today, the size you want for dinner. 'Condo' Bob caught three nice Blowfish that I am having for dinner. Thanks Bob. The flood tide was slow, but we had a great day of Fluke fishing.
We are sailing Â¾-day at 7:30 AM all week and our Galley is open.
May 19, 2013 – It feels sooo good to be Fluke fishing!
On Saturday, we had our 14th annual FISH WITH ME charter
where we make five short trips taking out about 250 little kids who for the most part would never go fishing. What a blast seeing their excitement when they catch a fish, be it a Fluke, Sea Robin or Bluefish. The day was a big success with fish on every trip.
Today, we had mostly regulars who did a good job in crappy weather putting some nice Fluke in the boat. Bob Pietrowicz
got four keepers and the pool fish (close to 5 pounds.) We had Fluke inside and out despite lousy drifting conditions. It is a good start with a big spread of Fluke. Although showers are in the forecast all week, the weather should be much nicer than today. Our Galley is open every day.
May 17, 2013 – Good Ling fishing today with everyone catching fish and a high hook in the thirties. Mike Terefenko from Port Monmouth, NJ took today's pool with a Cod. It is a shame that more people did not go for something they can catch easily and the best eating fish around. We will be Fluke fishing from now on – 3/4 day 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
WE ARE CHARTERED ON SATURDAY AND START FLUKE FISHING ON SUNDAY MAY 19
May 16, 2013 – We fished Scotland and the Apple Pie with just a pick today. Art Steiger from Whiting, NJ won today's pool with a jumbo Ling. Ed Aspril
from Boonton, NJ was high hook with about 20 Ling that he caught mostly on Gulp. The Angler will fish for Ling on Friday May 17.
May 15, 2013 – It was good to see some Ling today after the poor
showing this spring. Not great fishing but the average angler had about a dozen.
High hook was Jack Decker from Montville, NJ with 20 Ling. Noel Westerlind from Leonardo, NJ took the pool. There were some nice Sea Bass and Tog that had to go back since the season is closed for them.
LING FISHING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
We have a PRIVATE CHARTER on SATURDAY MAY 18 and will NOT be sailing on the morning trip.
WE ARE SWITCHING TO FLUKE FISHING ON SUNDAY
May 14, 2013 – The morning was tough with no fish on the clam beds or the Knoll. We did find some Blackfish before heading west into Raritan Bay. We read pods of bass and were able to land around ten nice fish. They were all keepers up to a 22-pound pool fish for Bill Gillerag from Bridgewater, NJ.
There was a ring around the sun which was some spooky like it was from a science fiction movie.
THE ANGLER IS LING FISHING ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. Our Galley is open.
IMPORTANT: We have a PRIVATE CHARTER on SATURDAY MAY 18 and will NOT be sailing on the morning trip.
May 13, 2013 – We had another good bite on Monday morning on the flood tide with many limit
catches and some nice Flounder as a bonus. Once the tide changed, it was very slow with more Tog then Bass. Tom Van Winkle from Denville, NJ won today's pool. We are Striper fishing Tuesday at 7:30 AM.
LING FISHING ON WEDNESDAY at 7:30 AM
May 12, 2013 – The weather got us this weekend with not many people down on Sunday for what was good fishing for a small gang. As always, Jose Reyes did everything right on Sunday and had seven keepers plus the pool.
Today, Glenn Padla from Hillsboro, NJ had a 20-pound pool winning Striper. Fishing was good for a while down the beach until we lost the current and then it was
tough fishing. We were one of the lucky ones to get in on the bite.
The next two days look good for Stripers and we had some jumbo Flounders again today.
WE ARE LING FISHING ON WEDNESDAY
May 10, 2013 – We had a very good day today with many first timers catching their first ever Striper and many limit catches. Bill Jackell from Mountain Top, PA was very glad he fished the Angler today; he won a nice pool. Steve 'Z-man' Zaretsky
and his son Joel got their fair share of Stripers too.
The weekend weather looks good. Mother's Day is normally a lite day people wise.
The Northwest winds forecast for Monday and Tuesday will give us a good shot at Ling fishing on Wednesday. If the Ling fishing is good, we will finish the week bottom fishing. If it is not good, we will go Striper fishing next Thursday and Friday.
IMPORTANT: We have a PRIVATE CHARTER on SATURDAY MAY 18 and will NOT be sailing on the morning trip.
May 8, 2013 – Yesterday, we spent the morning where we had great fishing waiting for a
repeat show, but the Stripers never chewed. We only had a couple of limit catches and a few fish. Tom Augusta from Woodbridge, NJ had a limit catch and won the pool. The skates and dogs were tough. We did not try to get out on Wednesday, but we will be down at the dock on Thursday.
The ANGLER will make a LING TRIP next Wednesday 5/15 sailing at 7:30 AM.
May 6, 2013 – Today was about as good as it gets. The boat was limited out on Stripers
quickly, so we played catch and release for hours and still docked early.
Shorty Lewis from Patterson, NJ had the pool winning Striper today. There were also some small Bluefish and jumbo Flounders today.
Even Bob the cook had his limit and then some.
Tuesday's weather looks good, but NO GALLEY TOMORROW.
WE ARE NOT SAILING WEDNESDAY 5/08.
May 5, 2013 – It was fish on as soon as we anchored the boat with good fishing for the first
hour or so and then it slowed for the rest of the day. We never had the good afternoon bite we had all last week. Blame it on the large amount of boat traffic and the lack of current. We fished the Knoll for the last hour and it was all Archie doing what he does best.
RJ Naples from Middletown, NJ won today's pool with a Striper in the low twenties.
We should have an extra hour of tide tomorrow morning.
May 3, 2013 – We didn't match yesterday's catch where we boated 200 bass, but we had another boat limit by the end of the day. Jay Lieberman and Jay Bilec, both from the Pocanos, each had a couple of nice Stripers and Joe Zavaglia from Staten Island, NY got a 20-pound pool winning Striper. Bob is back tomorrow and our galley will be open.
May 2, 2013 – It was our best Striped Bass trip with non-stop action and fish all day. Frank Dynarski from Lake Ariel, PA took the pool with an 18-pound Striper. Scott Jarlon also from Lake Ariel, PA landed 20 Bass today. Our biggest Flounder today was 19Â½-inches long and weighed 3.8 pounds. We will post photos later. Our Galley will be open Saturday.
April 29, 2013 – It was an easy day with not many mouths to feed. After everyone caught their limit of Stripers, we played catch-and-release for a while and then docked early. It was nice having all good anglers aboard. Tim Mollissey
from Highland Lakes, NJ took the pool with a 23-pound Striped Bass.
April 28, 2013 – We had a good all-day bite with Striped Bass today and a few Fluke came over the rails. The Bass were hungry today. There was only a twenty-minute period on slack tide with slow action. We had lots of first timers catch keepers and some others who fished for years catch their first keepers.
April 26, 2013 – We fished depths rom 25 to 100 feet and had the same everywhere. Just a few Ling or Tog on each drop. Bruce Casagranda from South Brunswick, NJ had our first keeper Tog of the day and it held up
for the pool. Joel got a few Ling. There are a couple of bottom boast out of NY that will let me know if the Ling show in the next couple of weeks and if so, we will make a Ling trip.
Tomorrow, we will join the rest of the fleet at Atlantic Highlands and go Â¾-day Striped Bass fishing. Sorry, NO GALLEY THIS WEEKEND.
April 24, 2013 – Two days of easterly winds to 30 knots took its toll on bottom fishing again. Every time we catch a few fish, the easterly or southerly winds come up and shut us down. We did find a few nice fish inshore today, but there was very little life overall. John Hammer took the pool with a nice Tog.
WE ARE NOT SAILING ON THURSDAY 4/25. On Friday 4/26, we will Tog fish with the season ending soon and then go bass fishing starting on Saturday 4/27.
April 21, 2013 – We found some fish on Wednesday, but the Ling did not like the strong south wind we had on Friday. We did not get out on Saturday, which was for the best since the few bottom boats that fished did not have much success. There was a lot of north wind when we sailed today, but it died to
nothing. We started the day where we left off on Wednesday, but the dogs were so thick we could not stay.
We fished four different areas and there were plenty of short Blackfish at three of them. Larry Gove from South Bound Brook, NJ loved today's action. Larry caught about 20 Tog, but he only had one keeper. However,
it was the right one and he won today's pool. He did drop one other good fish. Some guys like Freddy did manage four keepers for his limit and some others only had shorts. Ling fishing was tough today with only a few on each drop, but we did manage four keeper Cod today. Mike the plumber was lucky and caught a Striped Bass just inside the 3-mile line. He also released our first Sea Bass of the spring.
WE WILL NOT SAIL MONDAY OR TUESDAY WITH THE FORECAST FOR EAST WIND.
The weather at the end of the week looks good. With only a week or so left in the Tog season and the fact that they are starting to bite, we will spend more time on Blackfish.
April 17, 2013 – We saw a little improvement in the Ling fishing today, which gives us some hope for the future. The fish are moving in and we caught them today in an area that had none last week, but they
have not made it to Scotland yet. We had water temperatures in the 50s today. There were mostly Ling today along with a couple of small Cod and a few Blackfish.
Rich Barrack from Warwick, NY had 9 or 10 Ling and the pool winning Blackfish. Alvin had a small Cod and Adrian had a big ling.
Tomorrow's weather looks good, but Friday looks like a no sail.
April 16, 2013 – Not many anglers around today, but we sailed and spent the day looking around inshore for bigger Tog. It was the same story as yesterday with mostly short Tog going back over the rail. There were a few Ling and Cod again, but not as good as Monday. Jim Flori
from Whitestone, NY took the pool with a nice Cod. Tomorrow looks like the best weather day of the week.
The water is warming up and tons of bait, mostly bunkers, are heading up the beach and into Sandy Hook Bay and there were plenty of gannets flying around today. As the bait moves so does all the other species, and as the rabbi said when he took out his knife… "It won't be long now."
April 15, 2013 – Not many people down today for some fun fishing on the ANGLER. We had good
action with short Blackfish to start the day. Only a few keepers mixed in, but a good bite. There were only a few Ling and Cod so we moved to another area in search of more keepers. We did find some Ling and another Cod but still not enough. Our last drop in a new area had the best Ling fishing of the day plus another Cod. We are still waiting for the Ling fishing to improve.
from East Brunswick, NJ was our pool winner with a nice Cod. Vinny and Carlos got a Cod.
Our Galley is open tomorrow.
April 14, 2013 – There was a nice ocean today, but tough anchoring to start the day along with a strong southerly current. The fishing did not bounce back from Friday's easterly gale yet.
We did manage a couple of keeper Cod with Mike Ozeransky from
South Plainfield taking the pool with an 8 pounder. Young Chris Kawalec from Linden, NJ had our first fish on board today, which was also a keeper cod.
No big numbers on the ling with 5 to 10 each drop, but the good news was they were in shallower water. We need some Northwest wind to get things going.
April 10, 2013 – The Ocean had a big swell from yesterday's easterly gale, but it was much nicer than expected. The water temperature was down a little, but not bad and by the end of the day, the swell was lying down.
Lupo managed 9 or 10 Ling and took the pool. We saw a lot of 13 to 14-inch Blackfish in 70 feet of water, but there were no keeper Cod or Tog today.
The west wind forecast for tonight and tomorrow should bring better fishing on Sunday.
April 10, 2013 – We had much improved fishing today. The warm weather is doing its job and we had our first showing of Ling inshore today. There were plenty of Bergalls and the Ling are moving inshore with them. Not a slaughter, but some anglers had 10 to 15 Ling and some were big.
Richie Engle from Fair Lawn, NJ had a 10-pound Tog to take the pool.
There were a few other Togs and short Cod. If you wanted Dogfish, a high hook did the trick. The water temperature was up 4 degrees and the Ling where only off schedule three days.
WE ARE NOT SAILING THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.
OUR NEXT TRIP IS 7:30 AM SATURDAY APRIL 13
April 7, 2013 – There were some nice big fish Sunday, but for some reason they only bit in the bow. Young David Hoffmann from Clifton, NJ caught his biggest fish ever, a beauty of a Cod and won his first pool. Billy and Jose managed a couple of keeper Cod each and Jose got at least two keeper Tog.
Another angler with a personal best was Carl Seifert from Martinsville, NJ with a 13Â½-pound Tog. Timmy got four ling plus two keeper Togs. Little Joey got us started with the Cod and had a 15-inch Bergall plus some short Tog.
We made two stops inshore and only caught Dogfish and short Tog. It will be a week or two before the Scotland grounds are ready. Although fishing is slow, some anglers did okay and it is only the beginning. We are sailing tomorrow at 7:30 AM. Sorry, no galley service.
April 3, 2013 – On Saturday, we brought the ANGLER back from the Voyager's slip to our regular home berth at Atlantic
Highlands. We spoke to Captain Bob on the Gambler as we left the Manasquan inlet and headed north. He was in search of striped bass and heading south since he had not seen any life to the north the day before. We told him we would keep an eye out as we headed north to Atlantic Highlands. We did see some bunker and bait two miles off the
beach up until Shark River inlet. There was more bait as we got to the Shrewsbury Rocks, but no sign of bass.
We had some fresh clams on board and made one stop to see if there was any bottom life. We
gave it a good shot, but only caught some horned dogs. We figured that it was a week or so early, but you never know and we were passing by and gave it a shot.
We had planned to start fishing this Saturday, but with the winds forecast for Friday and Friday night, we will wait until SUNDAY APRIL 7 to start. We will be bottom fishing for Ling, Tog and Cod. Â¾-day trips from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Over the years, we have seen the bottom fish move inshore around the first week of April with good fishing right through May. West and Northwest winds bring the fish in and make them bite. Strong Southerly winds are the worst since it drops the water temperature and normally shuts down the bite for a day or two. If you can plan it, try to fish after a few days of Northwest winds. The weather looks more spring-like next week.
Here is a photo of Atlantic Highlands harbor as we were docking. Notice there are no private boat docks, just pilings.
March 24, 2013 – The ANGLER will kick-off the 2013 fishing season on SATURDAY APRIL 6.
We will be fishing for LING & BLACKFISH from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM and the fare is $65. See you at the dock.
February 12, 2013 – We are going to the shipyard for our Coast Guard dry dock inspection and will not sail until we return in March. We are still without electric power in the harbor, which is a pain to say the least.
We were wishing for a repeat of last year's superb Ling fishing, but they never showed up like last year. I was on the VOYAGER last week for the great offshore Sea Bass and Porgy fishing and will do that for the rest of February. See you all next month.
February 2, 2013 – It was a nice ocean after all the West wind, but it was cold all day with ice forming in your rod guides. A strong southerly current walked 10-ounce sinkers and hurt the fishing. We didn't put much in the pails on the first three drops. Our last drop in 130 feet was
our best with a good Tog bite in the bow. However, 4 out of 5 fish where shorts. Mike had our only Cod and he took the pool with it. There were more Ling than we have seen lately, but still not good numbers.
With snow in tonight's forecast and Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow, we will not be sailing. When it snows, very few people look to fish and we do not want to shape up and not sail. We
try to pick nice weather days so we don't have to send anyone home. We will post info on our next trip around Wednesday.
January 31, 2013 – The weather looks okay for this weekend and we will sail at 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM for Blackfish and probably some Ling and Cod. We will be fishing in deeper water so bring the heavy gear. Saturday's weather looks best.
January 20, 2013 –
The ANGLER will be sailing Monday MLK day at 7:00 AM and our Galley will be open.
January 18, 2013 – No boats sailed from Atlantic Highlands today. Gale warnings are up and the ANGLER is NOT SAILING Saturday or Sunday.
The next weather opportunity is Monday. We will let you know when we see the forecast on Sunday.
After Monday, very cold weather will arrive and we will not try to get out until next weekend.
January 17, 2013 – We had a nice ocean with good conditions today, but slow fishing. Our first drop was our best with 6 keeper Tog and 25 shorts. We moved offshore and only got a
few Tog and Ling plus some eels and dogs. We ended the day inshore where we had a few more keepers.
Cliff Wolchzk from Edison, NJ caught the pool fish. Last week he had a 10-pound Tog and lost the pool.
WE WILL NOT SAIL FRIDAY. A North wind to 30 knots is in the forecast and is not very nice. Saturday looks warmer and nicer and we will sail at 7:00 AM. Our Galley is open.
January 16, 2013 – Art Troccoli from South Brunswick, NJ won the pool on Sunday with a Tog. No boats have sailed from Atlantic Highlands since then because of the weather. The ANGLER
had its Annual Coast Guard inspection today and we will sail tomorrow (Thursday). The winds have switched to a favorable West-northwest direction.
January 12, 2013 – We couldn't do it three days in a row. We knew right away that the swell that built up Friday night got to the fish. The first two drops only had a few fish and we never
got them to bite. There were more dogs, which tend to bite when you get a roll. There were some nice big fish but not like yesterday.
Some guys did okay like Charlie Oh who had six keepers and won the pool. He was not alone as others had limit catches, but too many had none or one. The stern did best with Ling and forward had the best of the Tog.
Shorty Lewis had a double-header keeper Tog. We fished late today and Carlo
was glad since he got three keepers on the last drop. If the roll is gone tomorrow, fishing should be better.
We are sailing at 7:00 am tomorrow (Sunday). Our Galley is open.
January 11, 2013 – We were very glad we sailed today with another good day with BIG Tog. Somehow, we lost the pool winner's name, but his Tog weighed 11 pounds. Cliff got a 10-pound Tog. Mario
, who was on his first Blackfish trip, had six keepers and that included 8 and 9-pound fish. He may never do as well again. Joel was back with his dad Steve and had the first limit catch early and some Ling.
The ANGLER is sailing Saturday and Sunday by 7:30 AM. We will try to sail early around 7 AM, but it depends when our bait arrives (we are getting a fresh supply of white legger crabs.)
Our Galley is open! We are not sailing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week.
January 10, 2013 – Good fishing today for BIG Blackfish and a few Ling. Bob Stemmler from Clifton, NJ won the pool with a big Tog just under 10 pounds and beat out Glen who had a 9 pounder. There were lots of fish from 6 to 9 pounds today. Carl and Tommy got things going today on fresh clams and had their limits early. I fish with white
leggers and had a limit on the first drop. Green crabs also produced today. The boys talked Philly from Middletown to fish the ANGLER today and he was glad he did.
The Blackfish are biting and we will shape up tomorrow (Friday) even though the forecast is calling for showers in the afternoon.
This weekend, get down to the boat by 7:00 AM. Our Galley is not open Friday, but it will be open on Saturday and Sunday.
January 9, 2013 – We started the day with poor anchoring conditions, but good action on Tog. However, most were shorts. Steve Zaretsky
from Monroe, NJ left his son Joel at home and caught today's pool fish. (Last week, Joel took the pool.) We had a few Atlantic Star customers out today who did very well. Rich Calabrese from Cresskill, NJ caught eight keepers and Ben Santo from Keansburg, NJ had six nice fish. Ben also caught the first Ling we've seen in a few weeks and a short Cod. We may have some Ling this weekend to add to the Tog.
Tomorrow (Thursday) looks very good with a forecast for northwest wind. Our Galley will be open tomorrow.
January 6, 2013 – We have been trying to pick our days and today was the day you should have chosen. We had great weather and fishing. Once again, it was all Tog except for one small cod. Plenty of limit catches today including Mike Buonacquista
from Middletown, NJ with 10 keepers out of more than 30 Tog. Our pool fish today was 8Â½-pounds and caught by Park S. Jay from Palisades Park, NJ. This was his first trip with us. Green and white legger crabs both worked well. There were more shorts today than yesterday, but great action for most. Of course, with Tog fishing a few folks struggled.
Ling and Mackerel are behind schedule. We think they will be here on the next moon, but we are very happy with the togging.
Our next trips are Wednesday and Thursday.
January 5, 2013 – Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year! It was a little cold and bumpy this morning but the tog where biting and it ended up being a nice day. The ends of the boat did better than the middle today with limit
catches in the bow and stern. Green and white legger crabs both produced. Some folks only had shorts.
Tom Callahan took the pool with a 6Â¾-pound Tog, the biggest of his 5 keepers.
Tog fishing was best inshore today. We spoke on the radio to a few other captains who were not having a good day until they moved inshore.
We are sailing tomorrow at 7:30 AM and the galley will be open. We are not sailing Monday and Tuesday, but we should sail again on Wednesday.
December 31, 2012 – Captain Al Bickauskas, our long time night mate and good friend, passed away last night.
Al was always there with a helping hand and a smile and we will all miss him. He was more than Captain Dan's right
hand and he took care of the deck in a way that we will all surely miss. Our prayers go out to his family during this stressful time.
God grant that I may fish until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray,
When in the Lord's safe landing net I'm peacefully asleep,
That in his mercy I be judged as big enough to keep.
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