Posted on June 28th, 2023
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.
Dang man.. Cooler was right full of flagship subs (& a turkey sub for the low salt guy!)
OC’s sub shops are way better than in my youth – Anthony’s is sure one of the best!
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.