The false albacore fishing has been incredible this past week, with water temps still hanging @ 66.4 degree mark, out front. We cast off the dock just before 5am, in search of the first migrating wave of striped bass...there were bunker pods everywhere, as far as the eye could see, a quick throw of net and we begun live-lining a few bunker on the edge of the schools hoping to hook a few trophy takers before the fleet arrived. Our early morning bites were soft, resulting in only three decent runoffs, and a pulled hook. Mixed in with the bunker was a tremendous amount of rain bait, once the sun came up, it was game on for the Albies! Fish breaking and bait spraying action ensued for the next several hours! We also got a surprise visit from T.J. Ott on the "Hot Tuna" making his way south to North Carolina's Outer Banks for the next installment of "Wicked Tuna" ~ Outer Banks. We look forward to getting you on this amazing hot Albie bite!
Well, folks, that's a wrap on the 2017 Summer Fluke Season! We were joined by veteran "bottom fishing" anglers...John, Pat, Sam & Ro! Ro was "high hook" as she definitely had the "summer flounder pounder" touch! We all eventually lost our counts for the many shorts that came over the rails. However, the crew managed to put a few keeper sized flatties on the deck. With the winds, honking out of the south we deployed the drift sock to keep our drift well under 1kt. Our crew fished old school fluking set-ups, with 5oz. bank sinkers to stay vertical, while employing a naked hand tied Hi-Low rig, using Thundermist T-Turn 3 Way Swivels, we then tipped the "High" teaser with a live killie, along with a smelt/squid strip combo for the main "Low" offering...It was killer! We all had a blast, with lots of laughs, especially when someone hollered for the net, and it was just a sea robin or monstrous skate which broke surface!
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Fishing this past week has been epic, leading up to this super moon! We are happy to report we have put some awesome fish over the rails and the bite continues to go off, the mid-morning bite was just off the hook with doubles and triples all morning! Water temps had cooled a bit, but are still ranging in the 74-76+ range and we have been fishing live killies on all trips. Fish have been caught using a variety of methods, from single hook rigs, bucktails, tandem rigs with viper spoons along with adjusting the weight necessary to stay vertical and hold bottom. We have seen a mix of fish from 18-28 inches!
We had the distinct pleasure of hosting the "Wendt family" aboard for some "end of summer" fluking fun! We must tell you, it was definitely a trip of a life-time! We had an absolute blast, make no mistake about it, this family can fish! They all landed a variety of species, numerous keeper fluke came to the net! Most notably...Dad & Mom, landed a 9.6 and 7.2-pound summer flounder, Respectively...setting the bar very high for next year! Our Spro bucktails answered the call...Pink & White continues to be the hot color. A 4oz. bucktail tipped with squid/spearing
combo was all that was needed to stay vertical, to sweeten our offering we upped the ante, by adding a 3/4 ounce Spro teaser squid tail, tipped with a live killie, which kept us dialed into the bite. Despite the rough sea conditions, our family stayed focused on fishing, very rarely missing a fish!
We had the pleasure of fishing with J.T. Miller of the New York Rangers! He was joined by his father-in-law Scott and good friends Reed & Jeff! We found a larger body of fish ranging in depths from 70-90ft. Glow/White & Chartreuse Spro bucktails were the preferred offering, with 4-6 ounces to hold bottom. Bites took some time to develop, but we landed multiple fish ranging from 14-26 inches. We safely released all short fish, to fight another day...The guys were awesome and we had an absolute blast!! Can't wait for Ranger's hockey...LGR!! We're excited to report fluke fishing continues to heat up, with another beautiful summer day. Call or drop us a note with your product questions and comments, as we always enjoy hearing from you!
We rigged the Triton with an assortment of Penn Fathom and Squall combos paired to Carnage II rods, spooled with 20-30 pound blue camo braid and 30-pound Yo-Zuri fluorocarbon leader. We fished Gamakatsu bait-holder hooks, paired with glow shrimp...tipped with squid strip/live killie/spearing combo. We ventured both inshore and offshore to cover a variety of wrecks, hard bottom, rock piles, etc. Along the Sea Girt Reef and Axel Carlson yielded the best action which occurred on the flip of the tide! We landed many shorts, mostly in the 17-inch mark, with a few nice keeper fluke and sea bass for the table! Our Simrad structure scan mode, had us dialed into a strong bite all day long, with fish up to 5 pounds! There is less than 2 weeks left to get in on this hot summer flounder bite...Give us a call now as we have a few open dates!!
Spro bucktails once again...getting the job done! Jessica chose the "pink & white" color pattern and quickly proved it was the perfect call with her first fish of the day...A 19 incher coming to the net and then hitting the ice in da box! We had an absolute blast with doubles & triples coming over the rails, the fishing action was fast and furious on the botton half of the tide, with several fish ranging from 10-21 inches. I personally cherished every second of it, as she's off to college for her final year...So very proud of her! Can't wait to get back at it! Give us a call as we have a few open dates to target these flatties before the season closes labor day weekend!