5/16, Thursday afternoon, we were able to sneak in a short evening trip after work with the two people who were both huge helps in getting the boat ready for the season this year. We stayed close to home since time was limited but we had our first few fish very quickly. We had tons of knockdowns and got our first fish of the year. We released the fish so that they could swim another day. Thanks again Jess and Bill with all the help on the boat this spring.
Saturday 5/18, I had Roger and Mike with their sons James and Andy out for a 6 hour striped bass charter. The guys heard reports of big fish being caught and wanted to catch a new personal best. We started where we had fish on Thursday afternoon but the screen was empty and the boat traffic had everything broken up and spread out. We worked several different areas and put over 70 miles on the boat. We got away from the boat traffic and finally found bait with a whale feeding on them. We worked the area for a while and marked a few fish, but could not get them to cooperate and bite. When we cleared the lines for the day we had a couple stripers follow up the mojos, but they must have had lock jaw since they were not feeding for us. We gave it our best but there’s always next time!
Also over this past weekend we hosted our 2nd annual Striped Bass Tournament fundraiser for the Waretown Volunteer Fire Company. We had a great turnout with 26 boats weighing in over 50 striped bass. Fishing was tough with it being a full moon, but guys still managed to weigh in 4 fish over 50lbs, with the biggest being 59.0lbs! This is a great fundraiser for a great cause and each year it gets bigger and bigger.
Now that the full moon is on its way out, I expect fishing to improve to how it was before the full moon with striped bass as well as on the wrecks. I have Sunday 5/26 and Monday 5/27 open this weekend for striped bass or sea bass. Call or text Captain Mike to get out on the water! (609)-709-7264