I went out on Saturday with a friend from work on our yearly fluke trip on the Bonanza II out of Fortescue NJ. Action was slow but steady for the most part on the boat, however my buddy and I didnt have a bite until after noon. Actually, my buddy didnt have a bite all day. I was using some ultra customized prototype D&D saltwater rigs that I tied up that I wanted to try especially for fluke. I think they are big fish rigs. When I finally got a bite, I caught a 23" doormat, on the one that had the 'nockamixon special' chartreuse/purple colored skirt from a smalljaws spinnerbait that i won from the crazyfish contest. I then proceeded to change rig colors and catch a nice 18" keeper, then solidified my pool win with a 24" doormat on yet another rig that i stole the skirts from another of my smalljaws spinnerbaits, this one was a more natural color. They were caught using a tasty sandwich of killie and home cut squid. They were a really nice way to finally break in my new Accurate B197C saltwater reel. I also caught a 50lb piece of rope that must have fallen off a barge or something. What fight. Talk about hauling in a log. It was a great day to be out, and Captain Joe Jr. put us on fish all day. A few of the regulars on the boat that Ive seen from past years caught close to their limits. Some guy on down on the other end of the boat had such a hard hit that the fish pulled his rod overboard, as he wasnt paying attention. Fortunately the drift was right, and a little kid on the other side of the boat snagged the rod, with the fish still on it hehe. I guess the guy who lost the rod owns a sportings goods store and is going to give the kid a new rod and reel, plus he gave him the fish too. By the way, did I mention I won the big fish pool? 155 bucks. Ive been on the Bonanza II three times, and won the pool twice. heres a pic of the doormats.
heres a cpi of my weapon of choice. the terramar is a temporary thing until my custom gusa 79f comes. however, im pleasantly surprised at how nice the terramar is for how inexpensive it is.
We had a pick on Saturday's Morning trip amd slow pick on the afternoon trip out of Pt. Pleasent . It seems that the water close to the bottom is still a little cold up here . Glad to see that you got um . I always am partial to chartreuse .
Released an 18" fluke on Tuesday the 29th up here in Buzzards Bay MA. Too bad the season doesn't open until June 10th. Still... it looks like a good year for fluke. Keeper sized fluke in May is a pretty good omen up here. We didn't see many keepers last year until late July.
2 fluke and bluefish tourney on june 9th,the jcaa,and the forked river tuna club is hosting them,captains meeting is the day before at the forked river tuna club off rt.9 $35 a head for the club,and $100, max 6 man boat for the jcaa..one fish could win them both and there is a 18 ft center console raffle at the banquet for the jcaa down in atlantic city not sure what day that is after the tourney.
tuff day finding fluke,ended up with 2 keepers one 17 one 18" and a few shorts,2 sea bass and 30 dogfish.tried several wrecks off of barnaget inlet with not to much luck most of the action was close to the beach.20-30' range.north wind had the waves rolling in.
yeah it was a tough day in the bay too. morning drift was ok as tide and wind were in the same direction. but incoming tide and wind were opposaites, so there was no drift, and fishinng died off. i won the pool with a puny bluefish caught on a retrive to check my bait as i was bored.. there was only one punier bluefish caught on the boat that my pool fish had to compete against lol. 3 short fluke were caught too, 1 of which i caught as well. it was pretty choppy out there. we called it a day at noon