Hi Folks, It seems like ages since the last report, but I've been pretty busy. Commercial bass season has ended and the mob that was out in front of my harbor has dissipated. There are still plenty of bass in small piles on the bottom that can be caught with diamond jigs or wire line but they are finicky and it seems hot and cold depending upon the day and the tide. I have been using sand eels and going to the rips on my longer trip to produce stripers for my clients. The shorter trips have my roaming around or making long drifts with light diamond jigs to locate the small piles and then utilizing my plotter to get back on them.
The Bluefin tuna fishing is also seemingly hot one day and cold the next. There are several areas of huge amounts of bait, whales and birds. Picking the right one can be a challenge and we are not opposed to burning some fuel to put you on the tuna! The fish, although not easy to find are big and if you get on one or two in a day, consider yourself lucky ! We have been catching and releasing fish in the 72 to 76 inch size class for the last month. I have been doing very well and have been very lucky to be able to get mine for awhile now. My streak may have ended though, as my last 2 outings did not produce a fish ! I think its time to bring some bananas on the boat ! Many believe bananas to be bad luck. If so, how does one explain catching a giant tuna on the first trip of the season while eating a banana and having a WHOLE BUNCH of them on the boat ? Yesterday a fellow skipper I was fishing next to, caught the only 72" bluefin landed in the small fleet where I was, and afterwards admitted that his crew was sitting on the fantail eating 3 bananas ! The bottom line is folks believe what they believe. I like seeing wild animals on the way to the boat as a good omen, but whatever.... you cant catch them if you dont go !
I have been booked solid for the last 5 weeks with both bluefin tuna and striped bass charters. Most folks that call looking for something in a day or two, or the next morning, will not receive a return call from me as I am just too busy to reply to all of those that fail to plan ahead. I have a few openings this month that i will list here. If you wish to go, call my cell phone and leave a message. I will return your call when i get back into cell range. For bass trips i have Aug 20, 21, 24, 30 for afternoon 5 hr trips. For morning tuna trips, or longer bass trips, I have August 27, 28, 29, 31, September 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. Latter September opens up considerably as folks head back to school etc. (The best bluefin and striper fishing is to be had in September, but you will need to reserve the longer bass trips to get to where the good fishing is.) This all changes daily as folks call or email inquiring about dates. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me the days you are here and what you are looking to do. I then will reply with what dates are open and the times of departure for your trip. You can then reserve with a reply to the affirmative, followed by mailing me your deposit check.
Thanks very much,
Capt Bruce & Marilyn S