Dern Sure Had Some Pretty Sea Bass

By Scott Lenox

Dern Sure Had Some Pretty Sea Bass

I had a chance to spend the afternoon on the water with my buddy Bryan Mindte of Sunset Provisions for a little R&D fishing and we had a great time.  It was mission accomplished on a new lure I’m testing that we may bring to the Deadly Tackle family as a nice bluefish ate it at the route 50 bridge the first time it’s been in the water in just a few minutes.  We had some live mullet as well and caught some short rockfish, some throwback flounder and even a small, likely confused, tautog.

We were fishing right next to Big Bird Cropper and Shaun Flaherty who released a bunch of small rockfish and when we left Shaun caught a nice bluefish and a 29″ keeper rockfish.

Yesterday the crew of the Boss Hogg with Captain Alex Beane had a nice day of offshore trolling.  Captain Beane put his crew on a white marlin release and a pile of yellowfin tuna.

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides had a couple of good trips for his folks catching some nice flounder and releasing some sharks.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported a good bite for sea bass for his crew today and even managed a very nice cobia for one lucky angler.

Lamont Hilbert fished his boat the Sea Bum over some ocean structure and had a great day with sea bass and flounder up to 22″.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a little bit of a tough go of it today, but as always he put the fish in the boat.

Weatherman said sunny & calm winds with a slight ground swell. 

Oh, so funny!

Bit more wind than called for; just some. Being West it wasn’t a concern. Swells, however, were not 2.9 feet. Many went to 9 feet offshore a-ways. One likely shouldered up at 11 feet. I wasn’t at the sounders to check. 

Sea bass didn’t get the ‘calm day’ memo either. Strangely behaved as if there’d been a storm generating a big swell. 

Hmmm.. Fussy Devils. Shades of two weeks ago! 

Dern sure had some pretty sea bass; but, man, was it tough to coax em into the cooler today. 

Aside the swell; its height abating all the while; my crew especially is hoping for a better bite tomorrow.. 

In the great news dept – my oh so long ago deckhand Tom (ChefChef worked with a not terribly well behaved young man named Tucker, who, now settled; and, it’s said, leading an exemplary life that young skippers might take a lesson from; Tuck runs one of the premier sportboats in the world – Special Situation) ..Ah yes, well Chef, a generous friend of the Reef Foundation & now among bosses at Anthony’s Liquors, needed a bit of bait one day. 

We obliged. 

Dang man.. Cooler was right full of flagship subs (& a turkey sub for the low salt guy!) 

Wonderful treat. 

OC’s sub shops are way better than in my youth – Anthony’s is sure one of the best!

Thanks Chef!

Cheers, Monty 

Shooters on board Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing have had much success lately with Captain Marc Spagnola with great action for cow nosed and southern rays.

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