Fishing was good, just ask Kevin Kelly from Long Island, he pulled over the rail, the pool winning black fish weighing 13 lbs. 2 oz. black fish and two other keepers, others had their limit and some had a few less.
After watching too many spawning-size striped bass gaffed in Raritan Bay during the unprecedented summer bite there in 2014, I wasn't too confident about whether the Hudson River stock would once again provide us with striper fishng much better than most other coastal states. Though the summer striped bass fishery in Raritan Bay wasn't up to the previous year's standards, Many always managed at least schoolies -- and usually some large bass as the Hudson River stock bailed us out after another spotty ocean fishery on bunker schools with the coastal migrants.
The wind is supposed to drop below today's gale, but there are still small craft warnings posted. That's nothing compared with what's expected Saturday with storm-force east winds and seas up to 21 feet.
The guys worked hard to get some keepers to 7 lbs . Most guys had a few keeps w high hook of 4. Not a great day with the keepers but the boys had bunch of shorts n a lot of laughs December 8 we had our annual trip with the boys from the Fishermans Den , The day started with Johny O's keeper before I shut off the engine . Marty the Tog master followed up doing his thing catching the first limit by 0800 The boys put a nice box together . It was pick away at few roasters n shorts , wait a few n pick away again . Marty had the pool again this year with a nice fish pushing 8 lbs . We all followed with our limits n we released A bunch more b4 calling it an early day . Thanks again guys . It really was an awesome day at sea December 11 Today we had another tog trip 101. Most guys had never done it b4, we had a tough start with a fish here and there . We did get a pick going but it died out for us . I ended up with a nice 12 lb slob and the gang followed up with some nice roasters . By day's end most of the guys had their limit . It ended up a great day . December 20 Today we had Tom and family out for striped bass . Well we got out there and found plenty of bird life , just couldn't find the fish . So after a few hours of giving it hell we switched gears to blackfish 101. Most of the gang had never done it before , but they got the hang real quick. We plucked away at some real nice keepers and the shorts kept us busy . By day's end some had limits and some 2-3. However everyone went home with a nice bag of meat . Thanks again gang . Merry Xmas December 22 Today we had a 1990's Belmar marina reunion . . We had Dominic Vitolo,Marc Vitolo - of the Skipper , myself from the big Mohawk iii , Chris from the big Marie S , and Capt Cal . And Darren McClellan and Capt Durish of IFD . We headed out mid morning to go get some nice blackfish . It was a pick to start getting some nice 3-5 lb fish along with some shorts . By mid day we made a move and started catching a lot of shorts . Soon after the keepers pushed the shorts out n it was lights out fishing . Everyone catching their limit and then played catch and release . Marc had the big fish today about 7. 5 and also lost a big pig . . It was a blast to fish with you guys again . . It has been way too long . . Awesome day . Merry Christmas .