11/19/2016 Today the Tom Elam charter was on board the Bounty Hunter. Tom's crew was made up by Burt, Nate, Joel, Dan & Kyle. Paul found the Bunker schools north of our inlet and the crew Snagged and Dropped live baits. We had several bumps but no hook ups. We could see Bass working the bunker schools on the surface so we put out the spoons and trolled. We landed 1 Bass and never got a second bite. Before calling it a day we landed 1 lone Bluefish and that was all the action we saw. As Tom was waiting for a Rod to go off I'm sure he was thinking about the 51 Lb. Bass he trolled with us back in June. It was a nice day with an understanding crew. It looks like we will be tied up at the Dock for a couple of days as Gale force winds with gusts up to 45 Knots are forecast. Be back at it on Tuesday
11/18/2016 Today we had the Matt MacSherry charter on board. Along with Matt were regulars Gary, Greg, Dom, Mick & Mack. Today we were going to target Blackfish, So with an early start we ran up to the grounds and made drops on a few piles. The fishing was not good as we spent most of the morning fighting wind against the tide conditions. It was not until the tide change that the Tog finally started to chew. We had a steady pick but it was not good enough for a limit. The final count showed we had 25 Tog up to 7 lbs. in the box.It's always a fun day when these guys are on the boat. They will be back in 2 weeks.
11/17/2016 Capt. Paul had long time Bounty Hunter customer Rich Dagostino on board today. Rich had his regular crew with him which was filled out by Dillon, Mike, Mark, Michael and Rich's Son Paul. Paul headed back to the spot where he had them good the last 2 days but found no love as the area showed very little life. Paul spent the next few hours searching but only managed 1 Bass on a Spoon. Around Noon the area exploded with Alligator Blues everywhere with Bass mixed in. The crew fished Livies, Cast Shads and Trolled Spoons. They caught all 3 ways but the "Alligators" controlled the Bite. When it ended the guys had 3 nice Unders in the box along with 18 very large Blues.
A cancellation has made Nov. 29th available for a Striped Bass Charter. If anyone is interested call 732-323-8700.
11/16/2016 The Brian Bonnett charter was on board today. Completing Brian's crew were Dan, Joe, Brian C. & Connor. Paul searched for the Bunker but found very few. Moving a few miles we came into some bird play and Paul put our the TGT Spoons. The Bass were there in good numbers but we were frustrated when for every Bass we landed we had several bumps & misses. The crew worked a long morning landing 14 Big Bass, Keeping 5 Under's and 1 Over fish which measured 47" and weighed in a few ounces short of 40 Lbs. Our smallest fish of the day was a 33" Bass. It was a perfect weather day and we made 5 new friends. Looking forward to their return.
11/14/2016 The Ed Sobjak charter was on board today. Joining Ed were George, Mike, Brian, Jack & Phil. It did not take long for Paul to find the Bunker and the guys went to work with the Snags. The bite lasted a couple of hours and when it was over we had a boat limit of Unders and one 45" Over on ice, while more than 2 dozen Unders were released. To finish the day Paul made a move and put out the Spoons. The guys added several Monster Blues to their catch. It was good fishing and we guess the PA smokers will be busy for a while.
11/13/2016 Paul had the Doug Ruppel charter on board today. Doug had his friends Kevin, Steve, Antonio & Reynaldo along to fill out his crew. After the last 2 days of slow fishing Paul was on his way up to the Bay when he was alerted to a decent Bass bite going on north of Asbury. He pulled up short and it proved to be a good move. Paul had the guys Casting Shads, & Livelining and both methods produced a nice catch. He ended the day Trolling Spoons and the TGT Yellow Spoons did not disappoint as we finished with a Boat Limit of Unders up to 42 7/8" while releasing another 8. Along the way the crew added 6 Big Blues to the catch. It's been a while since we fished with Doug and it was nice to spend the day with an old friend.
11/12/2016 Sailed today with the Bill Zuchero charter. Filling out the team were regulars Matt, John, Mike, Walt & Ron. It was another tough day for us as we found the schools of Bait but the Bass were reluctant to bite. As was the case yesterday a few hours of Livelining produced 1 Striped Bass and then the bite was over. Ran up to the area around the Rocks and got into some great Bluefish reads, so we put out the Spoons and the guys finished the day fighting the Big Blues. They took a few home and released the rest. Hopefully the bite will improve tomorrow. Stand By.
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