12/13/15 Paul ran his last Open Boat trip for 2015 today. On board he had John, Ron, Mike, Gytis, Nick & Harold. Paul ran to the north and was one of the first boats on the Bass and Blues. It was all top water action as the bite was on. Casting Shads the guys enjoyed 2 hours of non stop action. Over 20 Bass were landed with 6 Bonus fish going in the box. The Big Blues were right in the mix. We kept a dozen and released the rest. When we lost the tide the bite was over. Working back to the south all we had was an occasional Blue. Paul decided to try south of our Inlet and found schools of Bunker. The crew got back into the small Bass and Blues. Trying Snag & Drop fishing with a couple of Rods produced a 38" Bass for Gytis.We finished with 7 Bass and a dozen Blues. Again, we had good weather a good crew and great fishing. Hope to see them all again in the Spring.
12/12/15 We had the Bill Zuchero charter on board the Bounty Hunter today. Filling out Bill's group were Walt, Ron, Jon, Mike & Joe. With absolutely no wind I knew we were in for a tough day. That plus having a couple of Newbies at Tog fishing did not improve our chances. We anchored on a piece and spent most of the day adjusting the anchor lines. The guy's gave it hell and we slowly picked away. When it was time to call it a day we had 24 Keeper Tog on ice. Considering the conditions the guy's did very well. We always have a good time when Bill's crew is on board. Can't wait to see them in the Spring for the Striper run.
12/11/15 Capt. Paul had the Matt MacSherry charter on board for a day of Tog fishing. Making up Matt's crew were regulars Dave, Gary, Mac, Mick and Micky Jr. We got off to an early start and Paul set up on some rough bottom that he has not fished in a while. It turned out to be the right choice as the morning turned into a Blackfish Slay Job. The bites were non stop and the baits did not matter as White Leggers caught as well as Green Crabs. All that was need was a couple of adjustments on the anchors to compensate for the wind and tide and the Tog continued to bite. It did not take long to box a boat limit catch of Tog up to 9 lbs. We enjoyed fishing with Matt and his crew and it was nice to see everyone go home with a bag filled with Fillets.
12/10/15 Paul had the Andy Zgura charter on board today. Along with Andy we had Ben, Doug & Ken. Today Paul fished to the north and got into the good reads early. Once we started casting the Shads and Jigs we got into a 2hr. insane Bluefish bite. It was Bluefishing at it's best with every cast producing a 12 to 16 lb. Blue. Some how in the middle of the mayhem we landed our first Keeper Bass. As quickly as it started it was over and the ocean was dead for the next few hours. We spent the last few hours casting into the occasional read and the guys added 4 more Bass up to 36" to the catch. We finished with 5 Bass and 8 Blues in the box. Lost track of the Blues released today. It was a nice weather day and we had a good crew on board. We will see them again come the Spring.
12/08/15 Capt. Paul ran another Open Boat Striped Bass trip today. On board we had John, Fran, Paul & Rich. Paul ran down to the area where we had them over the last week but there was not a lot of life in the area. Casting Shads did not produce a fish. We got the word that the Body of fish was moving to the south quickly. A run down to the Barnegat Inlet area only got us into scattered reads. Going with the Shads again got us a couple of Bonus size Bass and a couple of Blues. Another move further south was an effort in futility as we only added a third Bonus fish and another Blue. At last word the Bass were 10 to 15 miles south of Barnegat and out of our range. We finished the day with 3 Bass and a couple of Blues. It was a tough day for the crew and the customers. We appreciate their understanding and hope to see them again.
12/07/15 Don Beshada joined Capt. Paul for a few hours of Striped Bass fishing. Paul ran down to the area where we had a bite yesterday and the bait and Bass were there but not in great numbers. Don only wanted to cast Shads today so Paul got him right on the reads where he caught several Bonus size fish keeping his 1 fish limit and releasing the rest. Later in the morning the area lit up with Bird life and we had Bass crashing the bait on the surface. Don was casting the Shads and was hooked up as fast as the Shad hit the water. He landed over a dozen Bass up to 32". Don put his 1 fish limit in the box released the rest and called it a day. Paul had us back at the Marina at Noon. Another great weather day and as usual it was fun to fish with Don. Be back at it tomorrow with another great crew.
12/06/15 The Dan Cells charter was on board today. Along with Dan were Jeremy, Carlos, Carlos Jr & Giovanni. The youngsters came out to get in on some of the good Bass fishing that we have been having. With a later start and a long ride we only caught the end of the early morning bite. We tried casting Shads and caught a few Bonus size Bass. Going to the troll with Shad rigs added a few more bonus size Bass to the catch along with several large Bluefish. When the bites ended we spent the rest of the day looking for reads and catching more smaller Bass. When the day ended we had one 34" Bass along with a boat limit of Bonus fish and 6 large Blues in the box. Over a dozen smaller Bass were released. It was another great weather day with a good crew.
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