We fished the Stafford PBA tournament. We ran out to the same spot where we had fish on Veteran’s Day but after the hard west and northwest winds there wasn’t any bait to be found anywhere. We started working the area looking for any kind of life but didn’t find anything. We were able to hook up with a fish although we did not mark anything. Jess caught the fish which weighed in at 28.3lbs which was good enough for 4th place out of 100 boat entries as well as winning top female angler for the second year in a row. It was a tough day on the water fishing 10 hours for 1 fish but we got the one that counted.
I had Mike, Jay, and Kevin, all from Forked River, out for a 6hr striper charter. We tried working a new area closer to home since the boat traffic was absolutely horrendous but despite the tons of bait that we found compared to yesterday, we could not get any bites. After getting a few phone calls from friends of fish being caught where we found our tournament fish yesterday, we picked up and ran back to that area. After looking around and working some bait we were rewarded with a double header. The guys did a good job being able to boat both fish and everyone was able to go home with some fish for the table. This was Jay’s first time out striper fishing and we were able to get him connected with his first striped bass weighing just under 20lbs. Although it was another tough day on the water we had nice weather and a day full of laughs.
There a still a ton of fish up north that need to make their way down to us. I am currently booked for November but am booking dates for December as I am anticipating it to be a late season. Let’s get out and fish! Call or text Captain Mike to get in on the action! (609)-709-7264
Today’s trip was all about the girls. It was a tough bite with lots of knockdowns and not being able to come tight and keep all the fish on the hooks. We had to work the bait hard for bites, but Jess and Jaimee also worked hard and managed to boat 3 nice fish up to 34lbs. Great job girls!
With a last minute cancellation we couldn’t pass up the beautiful weather and stay tied to the dock so Jess and Shane hopped on board and we went fishing. The morning started off with a knockdown right away but we never came tight. We spent a good portion of the morning looking around for the right marks but it was very slow. Finally, patience paid off after working an isolated area and we were rewarded with a nice 33lb striped bass. We kept working that same half mile area for a while and were able to pick up and 40lber and then a smaller 15lb striper. Once we had 3 fish in the boat for the table, we looked around in some new areas that we had all to ourselves. We ended up going 3 for 6 on 30lb class fish which were all successfully released. After a slow start this morning it turned out to be a great Veteran’s Day (observed) on the water with beautiful weather. Thank you to everyone who has or is currently serving for our country, especially my cousin who is currently serving overseas in Syria.
The fall striper run is a little later than usual but it’s starting to get into full swing now with lots of bunker and sand eels around. I have a couple dates left in November as well as several dates in December. I plan on targeting striped bass and tautog through Christmas. Lets get out and fish! Call or text Captain Mike to get in on the action! (609)-709-7264
COLUMBUS DAY 10/9…
We made it out on Monday for an early afternoon 4 hr. Sea Bass trip. The later start and short time window left us with minimal spots to fish since all of the local wrecks were already being fished and we could not travel far. On top of not having many spots to choose from, there was a big ground swell which made anchoring very tough. Once we anchored on the first spot, it was non stop double header action of short sea bass and porgies. After spending some time here but not finding any keepers we decided to move to look for bigger fish. I held the boat over some small hangs as was able to put together a catch of 8 keeper sea bass and a nice big trigger fish. The ocean was very alive with albies, sunfish, sea turtles, and giant bluefin all close to home.
I also have this year’s striped bass bonus tags ready to go. Now is the time to get out and fill the freezer for the winter with sea bass. Blowfish fishing also remains very good and we can target them to fill the freezer as well. I will also be targeting striped bass very soon.
The Fall is one of the best times to get out and fish with lots of species to choose from as well as mixed bag trips. Albies, bonito, bluefish, blowfish, sea bass, striped bass, tautog, you name it and we can go out and fish for it. I have dates available for sea bass and mixed bag trips. I am also booking striped bass trips. Let’s get out and fish! Call or text Captain Mike to get in on the action! (609)-709-7264
Sorry for the lack of reports, I have been busy and fluke fishing has been good recently. All of our trips have been full of action with several trips producing quality keepers as well. Some trips we saw lots of shorts but the keepers did not want to cooperate and bite. Saturday we had a tough go with finding keepers due to all the boat traffic from several tournaments going on and trying to find wrecks that weren’t plugged with boats with the short time frame that we had to fish.
This past weekend I had Tom, Kevin, and John from Manahawkin out on a 4 hr Fluke trip. It was their first time jigging for fluke and they were able to catch and release over 30 shorts up to 17″. They fished hard and we had steady action the entire trip but the keepers just didn’t want to cooperate. The keepers will bite next time guys!
There are only a few more weeks left to our fluke season and as the bite keeps heating up now is the time to get in on the action before the season closes. Lots of quality fish are being caught. I still have some dates available in September. Call or text Captain Mike to get in on the action! (609)-709-7264
Sunday 8/5 I was out on an 8hr fluke trip. The action was very slow with barely any bites or short fluke throughout portions of the day. After making several moves all over the place and having to work very hard considering we did not have a drift, we scraped together 8 nice keepers and 1 sea bass. We tried finding one more keeper to limit out but couldn’t produce. All in all it was a slow day of fishing but the keepers were all quality fish.
Last week we also made it out for a clamming trip. The weather was perfect except for a little rain and everyone had fun. The group caught enough clams for steamers, chowder, and stuffed clams.
Fluke fishing has been slowly but steadily getting a little better each trip. Some trips see much more action that others but the amount of keepers being caught is going up. I still have some dates available in August as well as September. Call or text Captain Mike to get in on the action! (609)-709-7264
Saturday 7/14 – I was out for a 6hr ocean fluke charter. We worked several wrecks in 70-80’ of water. Since we were drifting over 1.0kts most of the day, we had to grind it out by making very short drifts. The group managed to pick up 40 fluke, 5 being keepers, as well as 3 nice sea bass for the table. It was a nice day on the water and we were back at dock by time the wind started to blow up.
Fluke fishing in the ocean is picking back up now that the ground swell from the storm is laying down. I only expect the fishing to keep getting better from now on as we get deeper into the season.
To book a charter and get in on the action Call or Text Capt. Mike Villanova (609)-709-7264
Sorry for the late report…
After some last minute planning and an iffy weather forecast we headed out on our buddy boat to spend our 4th of July at the edge. With a very promising big eye report we headed to some new waters and were up on the troll an hour before first light. Within the first hour we had our first fish on the boat. We kept moving trying to find the temperature break that we were looking for. Once we found the right water with only 2 other boats in site, the bite was on and we had 3 double headers of yellowfin up to 80lbs. We never found the big eye bite that we were looking for but we ended the trip going 7/8 on yellowfin. Excellent way to spend the holiday and the weather was perfect.
We are sailing every weekend for fluke and sea bass now. When the weather permits we will also be running offshore to get in on the tuna bite but we need to keep a very close eye on the weather. Fluke fishing is picking up on the wrecks as well as some quality sea bass being caught. Call now to book a date. Capt. Mike Villanova (609)-709-7264