Lots of action today for Tom and Gary DeFranco, but still had to wade through a load of shorts to put a few fluke to 23 into the box. Also had a number of quality (and lucky) sea bass to 18 that had to go back, an unlucky mackerel that sacrificed himself for three nice keeper fluke, and more skates than I want to count.
In a little over three hours I had well over fifty fluke come over the side, with most of the action surprisingly coming from the back bay shallows. Usually by now the fish would have moved towards the inlet as they start moving onto the inshore reefs and lumps, so it was good to see that we have fish in the back for those days the weather out front looks questionable.
That was a hot one but the Viggiano brothers were in for their annual fishing excursion and the fish didn't seem to mind the heat. Had to weed through 50-60 shorts to put a few decent fish in the box but the action was steady while we had a drift.
Steady pick of fluke in the back for the Lane charter today, but they had to wade through a bunch of shorts to get a few in the box. Looks like there's still a few around, so we'll keep at it for another week or so.
The original plan was to see if we could get the morning chill out of everyone with some back bay bluefish, then run outside and go on the troll for stripers. No love from the stripers in two hours of trolling, and with the adrenalin still pumping back into the bay we ran to find the blues still angry.
Made my first 2015 try at clamming up a bay bass, but the blues kept finding the clams. Had one on that I was sure was a nice bass but turned out to be a 12 blue that forgot to run all over the place like a crazed coyote.