OPEN BOAT DEEP DROP TRIP 10/31/15. The extended forecast looks favorable so I’m gonna try and put together a 10-11 hour deep drop trip targeting jumbo sea bass & blueline tilefish. Trip is limited to 4 people and will run $250 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 443-397-0315.
10/24/15 Out with a pair of anglers for a half-day sea bass trip. Bite was good but way too many fish ¼ inch under the legal limit. Mixed in with the sea bass were some bluefish which made Tony very happy since he’s got a killer smoker at home. back in the slip with 29 sea bass and a nice little shot of blues too.
10/15/15 Brave the pending afternoon winds and made the 50 mile run east looking to fill the box with mahi. Took about 30 minutes to locate the fish but after that we had steady action all morning and by 11:00 we had our limit. With ever increasing northwest winds we decided not to press our luck and headed home.
10/11/15 Finally offshore again with a super nice family from MD. With seven miles to go we come across a free floating high flyer that’s holding some mahi. Trevor grabs some spinners and we turn the folks loose. After about ten minutes we’ve got 10 in the box and I decide to keep trolling east. The next couple miles produce a couple more mahi bites as well as a 20 lb. yellowfin. Arriving at the lobster balls we find nearly every ball loaded with perfect size mahi for light tackle. The rest of the day was spent going ball to ball providing big fun for the MD folks. Back in the slip with our limit of mahi (60) and one yellowfin.
10/09/15 & 10/12/15 both half day trips with crews just looking to bend a rod and didn’t care about taking fish home with them so even though sea bass is closed through 10/21 I decided they would provide the perfect action for both groups. The bite was outstanding both days seeing numbers well past 100 each day many of which would have made the ride home with us had the season been open. Fishing was so good on the 12th we started sending down bare hooks which would immediately get nailed by sea bass & bluefish.
09/27/15 through 10/05/15 Lost due to weather.
09/30/15 The wind that will not stop. Now, a tropical storm…great!! Know anywhere I can buy Spam cheap? We’ve lost 10 days straight and will loose everyday through this Sunday as well. Extending the season through October so if you’re looking for one last hurrah before the ground turns white, please call.
09/21/15 through 09/27/15 All lost due to these crazy strong NE winds.
09/20/15 Today was to be an offshore trip but the pending winds prompted this couple to hang close to the inlet and spend a couple hours playing with the sea bass and flounder. By mid morning we had a dozen sea bass and four flatties in the box so before the winds nail us we head for the barn.
09/19/15 Ran east today with a crew of guys from VA looking to bend a rod on some mahi. The action was sparse and nearly every set of gear I looked at already had a boat sitting there, I really hate Saturdays. Worked had and looked everywhere and by days end we had a 14 in the box.
09/17/15 & 09/18/15 Two days with the same crew of super great guys from northwestern PA. The first day we focused on mahi mainly on light tackle with decent success. Day two found us south looking for tuna. Spent the morning trolling buth that only produced one bite, a 60 lb. yellowfin. Shortly before noon we made the switch to chunking and almost immediately added two more yellowfin to the box. Our next bite nearly spooled us before slowing down. During the 45 minutes we got “color” three different times but this xxl yellowfin or small bigeye wasn’t playing by the rules and at the one hour mark the 30 lb. leader had enough and gave up. With only a little time left I reposition the boat and start another drift. Ten minutes left in the day we get a bite on the bow and this bugger immediately heads under the boat next to us and is still going. We try and put the brakes on him but he cuts us off on capt. joes running gear.
09/16/15 Out with Drew and the boyz fora day of mahi action. Even though the weeds and blue water are gone we managed to string together a respectable catch both trolling and working some gear with light tackle. Back in the slip with about 20 in the box.
09/15/15 After a 50 mile run we’re finally offshore again. One BIG issue. All the west winds of the past couple days has blown out all the pretty blue water/weeds and replaced it with ugly green weedless water. Figured I’d hit a couple balls with very low expectations. I’m pleasantly surprised to find a couple mahi. Worked the rest of the string and managed to scratch out a respectable catch by days end with 25 mahi in the box.
09/14/15 Our offshore hopes for today were smashed by the remaining west winds but this crew from York PA still wanted to try and bend a rod so we pushed off to the flounder grounds in hopes of a keep or two. I was quite surprised at the bite and by the end of the five hours we had almost a dozen keepers in the box.
09/12/15 Broke the Inlet today with one of my regular crews looking to do a little of everything but those different things are seperated by lots of miles. Ran south to the washington canyon and spent the morning working the gear while adding about 30 mahi to the box as well as a couple baby blackfin tuna. The wind started around 10am and made our deep drop fishing nearly impossible. Picked up and made a big run back to the flounder grounds while skirting some huge storms off to the west. One of these had the largest water spout I’ve ever seen. Made a couple drifts but the quickly approching storms forced our hand and we made a mad dash back to OC.
09/11/15 Left today bound for the canyons but after less than 15 mile the guys changed their minds which was fine by me since we were already in 20 knot west winds. Spent a couple hours messing with a couple flounder & sea bass before calling it a day.
09/10/15 Spent today with the DNR crew from Easton MD looking to fill the box with mahi for the winter. Threw the baits in where we ended yesterday but the water wasn’t the same and no weeds around. After 60 minutes I’m starting to worry but then I see something yellow in the distance….weeds!!! The next few hours is great, fish flying in left and right. By noon time we’ve got 60 in the box and decide to head back to the dock since they’re calling for nasty storms to hit in late afternoon.
09/09/15 Another crew from the Worship Center with similar action to yesterday. Started filling the box just a few minutes after the first baits hit the water and by sometime around 11:30 we reached the magic number. With the box full of fish and a pending 3 hour drive back north to PA for the guys we head for the barn.
09/08/15 The outstanding mahi fishing continues much to the delight of a crew from the Worship Center in Leola, PA. Working the weeds and some bottom gear we loaded the box with mahi on mainly light tackle reaching our limit around noon. Several of these fish pushed the limits of light tackle mahi fishing. Back in the slip early with 50 beautiful mahi in the box.
09/07/15 Out today with a crew from PA for a day of mahi action. Spent the morning working gear & weeds all loaded with mahi, some jumbos too. With 40 in the box the guys want to try for a marlin so dave make a couple changes and we start to look. Unfortunately the mahi are so thick we couldn’t seem to go more than a couple minutes without our dink baits getting attacked.
09/04/15 Ran today’s trip with a fairly knowledgeable crew working as the mate too giving Dave the day off to allow his ankle extra time to heal. With increasing wind we hunt for the weeds but it seems they’ve blown apart and scattered. Did manage to find a couple weedy areas that yielded a couple bites and a couple fish. With the seas starting to build we start trolling west when out of the blue a marlin crushes our long rigger and after a great fight JR leaders George’s first marlin next to the boat for pictures.
09/03/15 Spent today with a regular of the Fin Chaser along with Jim’s son and friends of his. Dave sets the spread and we start the hunt. After about an hour of trolling we hit a tiny little weed line and I decide to follow it. After two miles it explodes into a huge line of grass and trash. A couple hundred yards later every rod goes down with mahi. After dealing with those fish we break out the light tackle and spend the next 90ish minutes filling the box with very nice mahi. After the chaos Jim decides he’d like to run back inshore and try for some sea bass. After an hour of fairly slow sea bass fishing we call it a day. Back in the slip with our limit (60) mahi and a couple sea bass too.
09/02/15 A day with the jersey boyz in hopes of finding a marlin. Spent most of the morning working around the fleet but other than several mahi bites we never did see a marlin. Around noon we kinda give up on the marlin idea and start working a weedline in hopes of putting some mahi in the box. After a couple single fish a white pops up behind the teaser. As I pull it away and dave tries to get a hook bait in position we get assulted by ravenous school of mahi and every rod, including the one intended for the marlin, goes down. Finished the day with one or two more bites and about 20 mahi in the box.
09/01/15 Out with a crew of guys from Myerstown, PA for a day of offshore fishing. After a 55 mile run Dave set the spread as I look around a rip with a few weeds mixed in it. Quite a ways behind the boat Dave notices something floating so I swing around for a look. Turned out to be large timber floating in the rip that was holding a massive amout of fish. The next two hours provides some of the most crazy light tackle mahi action you could ask for, even the Capt. came off the bridge to lend a hand with the chaos. After filling the box, cleaning the boat and doing a little laundry, litterally, we set off looking for a marlin. Arrived at the marlin grounds and started making circles. The next couple hours provide three “shots”. One doesn’t come tight, one doesn’t eat, but one find the hook and after one of the toughest whites I’ve encountered in quite some time, Dave has the leader for an official release. Back in the slip with our limit, 60 mahi, in the box and Sam’s white marlin flag in the rigger.
08/30/15 Made the big run south today with Chris and his two boys looking for the boys first marlins. After two hours of nothing except a couple of super micro mahi bites a white shows up in the spread. Trevor pulls the teaser away and the marlin immediately moves to the next bait as Trevor feeds him then lowers the hammer on the fish. Ten minutes later we release Mac’s first marlin next to the boat. About twenty minutes later another white pops up and grabs the long rigger. After a great effort by 13 year old Aidan we release his fish at the boat too. Another pass and we’ve have another white in the spread but this guy doesn’t find the hook. In the midst of the action the guys decide they want to make a move and try for some tilefish. Finished the day by putting 15 tiles and a couple big sea bass in the box.
08/28/15 & 08/29/15 Back-to-back days of marlin fishing with similar outcomes. Way too many window shoppers way too few bites. Seen four on Friday with two bites and one release. Saturday gave us five looks with three bites. First fish broke the hook. Second fish didn’t come tight. Released the third fish, a juvenile blue marlin.
08/27/15 Out with a full crew for a day of offshore action. Ran to the gear we fished a couple days ago trusting we left a couple fish still there. Spent the day going ball-to-ball and turning the guys loose with light tackle. Fish and hooks were flying everywhere and by days end we had 38 super tasty mahi in the box.
08/26/15 Arrived at the boat this morning only to find much more wind than was called for. Broke the inlet with the crew from NJ heading for the offshore waters but at the six mile point one of the guys wasn’t too well. His buds took pity on him and asked me if we could change plans and hang out close to the beach for a few hours. Spent the morning catching a couple turkeys and small bluefish.
08/25/15 Ran east today with a pair of anglers from Lancaster, PA looking to bend their fly rods. Knowing we wouldn’t have big catch numbers due to the limitations of mahi fishing on the fly we try to maximize every bite. After going through the gear we have 8 in the box, most caught by fly rod. With two hours left in the day we set out a pair of hookless teasers in hopes of taking a marlin on the fly. Thirty minutes later we have a white marlin hot on our left teaser. The fish eventually turns to the fly but after two shots with no hook-up the fish fades off. One hour later we have the same situation but this marlin will not turn off the teaser eventually grabbing it before swimming away. A very nice day but no marlin, perhaps next year.
08/24/15 Made a big run east today in hopes of finding some fish in the green water of the Baltimore Canyon. Since the crew was made up of very able anglers we handed out the spinners and turned them loose. I’d pull up to the gear, they’d fire the baits out and Dave would put em in the box. As I ease up to the last ball I see two big mahi making turns. Immediately the smaller of the two grabs one of the baits and after some teasing we have the bull hooked up too. After a 25 minute struggle, Dave sticks the gaff into Josh’s 30 lb. mahi. Back in the slip with 38 in the box.
08/22/15 Day begins with a team meeting behind the boat. The topic of discussion, a report I got from a tug boat buddy of mine over on the bay telling me big wind is heading our way, 25+ knots. Based on that we change the trip and decide to go “turkey hunting” closer to the beach. Bite was very similar to yesterday just a few less fish. As the seas built to 5-6′ we move even closer to the beach. The mate and I are shocked when a mahi jumps our short rigger just 8 mile off the beach.
08/21/15 Out today with a crew of five for an 8 hour nearshore trolling trip. We get our first bite about 45 minutes into the day. We’re pleasantly surprised to see a 15 lb. mahi jumping behind the boat just before Trevor drives the gaff home. The rest of the day is spent doing battle with the hard fighting false albacore tuna (aka:turkey) as well as small bluefish.
08/19/15 A big run to the south with a crew looking to do a little of everything. Started the day off with a 20 lb. wahoo before going ball-to-ball both with light tackle and troll baits. After putting around a dozen mahi in the box I make a swing over to the corner of the canyon and we start wail on skipjacks and a couple undersize yellowfin. In the midst of the chaos Trevor gets a big bite on his plug and we finally have a good yellowfin on. Less than a minute later the hook pulls and our tuna swims off. Spent the rest of the day bouncing the bottom adding a nice shot of sea bass and tilefish to the box.
08/18/15 Spent today with a crew of three super nice folks from VA looking to take some flounder home for dinner. None of these three had ever been flounder fishing before and found out quickly just how tough these flat buggers can be to hook. The morning bite was good but with way too many missed fish and shorts we only had three in the box before the wind and current made holding bottom nearly impossible, even with 16 oz. of lead.
08/17/15 Warned the guys this moring that today might be kinda slow based on how poor “meat” fishing/trolling has been. I’m pleasantly surprised when we get jumped by a couple nice mahi less than 30 minutes into the day. Spent the rest of the day working hard to find anything floating or any trash line that might be holding fish. By the days end we’ve got 20 mahi in the box and are down one of my favorite lures thanks to Mr. Teeth (wahoo).
08/16/15 Ran south today for a little trolling before we look for some tiles. After passing a couple sets of gear holding nothing we find one that has a few mahi left on it, four make it in the box. Spent the rest of the day putting some dandy sea bass, tilefish and lingcod in the box.
08/15/15 Today began with a marlin who went nuts behind the boat before breaking the 90 lb. leader. Spent the rest of the morning dragging baits aroud a seemingly lifeless ocean. Completely disgusted with the lack of action I ask the folks if they like to try some deep action….sure. The bite was ok, but I’ve seen better. With a little time left in the day I decide to roll-the-dice and make a run toward some bottom gear a little closer to home. Fortunately these couple markers were holding a few mahi including one very nice gaffer.
08/14/15 Fished the Poor Girls tournament today witha crew of great gals from Baltimore. The action was steady most of the morning on small yellowfin & some skipjacks too. The bite died off in the afternoon and we only added one mahi to the box and had a white marlin that missed the hook.
08/13/15 Out with a couple of local pastors for some offshore action. As Dave is getting the 4th line in the water a white marlin jumps on one of the rigger baits and a few minutes later we have Doug’s first marlin next to the boat for pictures. Moved over to the big eye hole and started ripping plugs. The next couple hours produce lots of skipjacks and small yellowfin but like yesterday nearly all the yellowfin are about an inch too small. Sometime around 11 we moved over to the west wall of the canyon and sent the baits to the bottom which yielded sea bass & tilefish. In the middle of the action a huge reef shark shows up. Dave quickly grabs some wire and sends out a chunk of skipjack which the shark immediately inhales. After a great fight we cut loose the 275/300 lb. fish.
08/12/15 Another long ride south with a crew from MD. The bites start about 10 minutes after the baits hit the water. The rest of the day held outstanding action on skipjack and small yellowfin tuna. Unfortunately most of the yellowfin are just under legal size with a few making the grade. Finally around 9 am we get a decent size (40 lb.) in the box. We continue working the area and releasing fish when an eyeball (big eye tuna) grabs our long rigger. Sixty minutes later, after going round robin 3 times, Dave plants the gaff in the 135 lb. fish. After that the guys call it a day.Completely exhausted the guys decide to call it a day.
08/10/15 Spent today with a couple from western PA looking for some fun. While heading south I pulled up early to have a look around some bottom gear. The first few were bare but then we found a couple holding some “bailers”. With about a dozen in the box we troll off toward a deep water wreck. With no action along the way we fire a couple hooks down deep and are rewarded with some dandy sea bass and red hake (aka: ling). Sometime later we’re trolling again when a small mahi jumps our mid rigger. Just after he goes in the box a wahoo grabs our short rigger and immediately cuts through the mono leader, one of only two baits in the water not rigged on wire. with time counting down I swing past a stake marker and a nice bull mahi dogs our one bait before slamming it. Back in the slip with a limit of mahi, and a nice shot of sea bass and a couple ling.
08/07 through 08/09 Cancelled due to rough conditions
08/06/15 Ran 60 miles south today with a couple of managers from Outback Restaurants in MD. Started working some lobster gear with not much success until we find a two balls holding a huge school of mahi. The light tackle comes out and its “mahi mayhem” with fish flying everywhere. With the box ½ full we move on looking for a marlin. About twenty minutes later a white marlin crushes our shotgun rod and a few minutes later John has his first marlin at the boat for pictures. The next hour is quiet so I decide to make a 10 mile run to a little area that looked very good earlier in the day. The next hour produces one more marlin which doesn’t find the hook and another small mahi for the box. Late in the day we come upon a floating staff marker loaded with mahi. The light stuff comes back out and it “mahi Mayhem II”. Back in the slip with a limit of 60 mahi in the box.
08/05/15 Today’s first 15 miles held much more heave (swell) than the forecast was calling for. This presented a little concern for one of our Sr. members of the charter so we decide to change the trip from a offshore trolling trip to a nearshore troll trip. Set the spread and started working a hill 20 miles for our inlet. With no pulls we moved slightly east looking for a bite. While trolling past a couple sea bass pot flags we get nailed by a couple small mahi. Pulled in the big baits and broke out the light stuff. Spent the rest of the trip picking away at some small mahi. Back in the slip with 15 in the box and a very happy group of guys.
08/03/15 Began today with a word of warning to the guys about the pending forecast for this afternoons winds…nasty. Plan is to run to some gear, put some fish in the box and then get back inside the 35 mile mark. Everything went according to plan although I would like to have put a few more fish in the box. One set of gear we pulled up to was loaded with big gaffers but those buggers would not bite anything, must have been hit earlier in the day or yesterday. The crew really wanted to see a wahoo and while drifting up to a ball, one of our mono riggers got clipped. At noon the winds are 20 knots, by 2:00 I’m sure they’re pushing 25. Back in the slip with nine mahi in the box, the largest is Rebecca’s 15 lb bull.
08/02/15 A rare near shore summer trip found us 8 mile off the beach drifting for flounder. The bite was steady most of the day on bothe keepers and throwbacks. High hook of the day Nick with 14 flatties. Weird catch of the day went to Jack for his Angel Shark. Back in the slip a little early with a dozen flounder in the box.
08/01/15 Ran 60 mile south for a day of trolling and deep drop action. Started off working some gear with light tackle and managed to put about a dozen mahi in the box. While moving from one set to another a white marlin pops up behind our squid chain. Dave feeds him and slams the hook home. After a great fight we have Mike’s 1st marlin next to the boat for pics. Turned our attention to tilefish sometime around 10:00. The bite was outstanding on blueline tiles with a couple huge sea bass too. While trolling toward home a 25+ lb. mahi slams our long rigger but throws the hook as the angler is fussing with rod butt and the fighting chair. Back in the slip with about a dozen mahi and twenty some tiles.
07/30/15 A day of deep drop action with the Urban Angler Fishing Club boyz from Philly. Bite was red hot but the size seemed a little off from recent trips. Most of the action was on bluelines but we did manage a couple very small goldens. All things considered, especially the conditions, we had a very good day. Back in the slip with our limit of tasty tilefish.
07/29/15 Out with a couple of my favorite “jersey boys” for a day of offshore fishing. The action begins less than 20 minutes after the baits hit the water as we release john’s second white marlin on board Fin Chaser. Our next two marlin encounters don’t go as well as neither of them find the hook. We work some gear in the heart of the canyon and add a couple mahi to the box, one of which is a 25 lb. bull landed on light tackle. Sometime around 11 while working a thin weed line we get jumped by a pack of big mahi as well as a wahoo. After the chaos we’re trolling west when Jim spots something floating. Before we get within 100 feet of the big plastic “thing” the mahi are grey-hounding from every which direction toward our baits. We add a few more to the box and decide to leave the rest, a number in the hundreds, to fight another day. back in the slip with nearly 30 mahi, 5 of which over 20 lbs. and a 25 lb. wahoo.
07/27/15 A standard wreck trip is threatened by pending storms to our west. The crew decides they still wanna go. The morning bite is good even though we’re throwing back way too many 15½” fish. Sometime around 9:00 the storms finally reach us and shut down fishing for nearly 45 minutes. The storms pass but now our perfect wind and drift has drastically changed, and not for the better. The rest of the day the fish just seemed to have lockjaw. Looked all over the area but just couldn’t find any hungry fish.
07/26/15 A deep drop trip with a special request for a little trolling in hopes of something big too. With a few miles left to go I pull the throttles back and throw out a marlin spread. About 20 minutes later a white pops up behind our short rigger. Trevor feeds the bait to the marlin and after a very respectable fight Roger has his first marlin next to the boat for pics. Ran to the tilefish/sea bass hole and sent down the baits. The bite was red hot on blueline tiles and big sea bass. After a couple hours we reach our tilefish limit and decide to look for another marlin. About 15 minutes later another white is wacking at my shotgun bait. I draw the fish closer as Trevor sends back a more marlin friendly bait. After dogging the bait for over a minute the white finally takes the bait and Trevor is 2 for 2 on whites today. After a ten minutes struggle, Jason has his first white next to the boat for pics.
07/25/15 Today started with a lot of options offered to the crew, none of which were red hot fishing. They decided on option #3, hang in the 20-30 fathom range and look for a wahoo/mahi. Five minutes after dave sets the spread our mid rigger get nailed but the fish misses the hook. Ten seconds later my shotgun rod takes off like a rocket. As we get the fish near the boat I see the telltale stripes as Dave sticks the gaff into a nice 55 lb. wahoo. No sooner does Dave have the hoo on the hook when out of the corner of my eye I see another wahoo sky out of the water with our other rigger bait. Unfortunately he had the bait just behind the hook. Worked the area hard but couldn’t find another hungry wahoo only a couple mahi.
07/24/15 Back to the chunking hole praying those bluefish have thinned out. Action was good on skipjacks and yellowfins, but the size…..not so much. Sometime around 10:00 and with only one legal size yellowfin in the box we decide to try some trolling. About 30 minutes south a wahoo crushes our long rigger and leaves us nothing but the leader. Our next bite come about two hours later when my shotgun rod takes off. Things are going good on what I’m sure is a bluefin when for no apparent reason the hook pulls. Back in the slip with only a couple skipjacks and one blt yellowfin.
07/23/15 Ran 40 mile north to a little lump that yielded some small yellowfins earlier in the week. Over the next three hours we must have lost 30 rigs to bluefish. The moment your bait got more than 15′ from the boat those teethy little buggers would grab it. Every now and then a skipjack was faster than the blues but the yellowfins never won the race to the bait. Decided to troll some gear flags in hopes of a mahi or two but we never got so much as a pull.
07/22/15 Rescheduled due to rough condition.
07/21/15 A day of flounder fishing with a very nice family from Baltimore. Bite was fair to good most of the day but we were seeing way too many fish ½ inch under the legal limit. Worked hard and covered several different spots to put together a nice catch of flatties one of which pushed the tape to nearly 24″. Back in the slip with 12 of those freaky looking fish in the box.
07/20/15 Out with the FedEx Ground King from NW Philly and his sons. The guys were torn between tuna chunking and deep drop, they decide to chunk. Arrived at the spot with five other boats and started slinging the slop. Immediately a skipjack grabs our bait and provides a little action. Next two bites don’t come tight. Finally a yellowfin takes my bow rod but after a short fight we let the little guy (26″) go. Next couple hours produce nothing. A quick check on the radio tells me we need to do something else since three of the boats haven’t had a bite yet, one has three throw backs and Capt. Todd has one keeper yellowfin in the box. We decide to try for some tilefish. First drift draws a blank. The next 90 minutes produce a steady stream of goldens two of which tip the scales at 25 & 28 lbs.
07/19/15 Paddled east today with a family of five looking to fill the cooler with some big knot head sea bass and perhaps a tilefish or two. The bite was awesome with some dandy sea bass going in the box as well as a regular flow of blueline tiles. With a box full of fish we decide to throw out a trolling spread and see if we can get Brian his 1st marlin. Fourty-five minutes later I spot a white tailing down sea and swing the boat to get the rigger bait in front of him. Immediately he turns on the lights and takes the bait. Ten minutes and several spectatular leaps later we have Brian’s marlin next to the boat for pictures.
07/18/15 Ran 55 mile east for a day of deep drop action. The bite was great. The size, a little under average. By noon we hit the magic number so we throw out a quick spread and hope to find a hungry marlin. Thirty minutes into our troll a huge wahoo explodes on our long rigger and immediately cuts us off. Abour 45 minutes later a white marlin absolutely crushes our short rigger and after a spectactular show we have Ryan’s first marlin next to the boat for pictures. Ended the day a little early allowing the guys time for a dip in the “big” pool.
07/17/15 Well, some days you’d just rather forget, today was one of them. Out with high hopes but after several hours and only one mahi in the box I crank up the radio and try to find a bite…anywhere. One issue, seems most of my buds are dealing with the same crappy fishing we’re dealing with. With a couple hours left in the day I throw out a offer to cut our losses and save the folks a few $$. I’d love to blame the day on the two bunches of bananas that were on board but the bottom line is today the fish won.
07/16/15 Cancelled due to rough conditions
07/15/15 A day offshore with a family from Milwaukee begins with the captain asking the kids to PLEASE limit their time in the cabin in order to guard against the dreaded 12 hour illness. Arrived at the tuna grounds to find several very good tuna boats already working the area but no one has had a bite yet. After two hours of several boats looking over every square inch of the hill without any success I decide to make a four mile move to a little edge where I’ve noticed one boat working the area on radar. After talking to Capt. Bill, I’m pumped to hear he actually had a couple tuna bites. With less than a mile to go Dave informs me that the one 13 year old who will not leave the cabin is pretty bad and his parents want to head in. Back in the slip 5 hours after we left. Cut the trip as much as I could, but that still left mom & dad paying for a very expensive morning cruise.
07/14/15 Took a family from Ohio for a big run south knowing our triggerfish should provide plenty of action. Well, after nearly two hours and only two trigggers, one too small to take, we decide to leave the 6″ sea bass that are harrassing our baits and make a fairly big run back north to an area that I HOPE will provide some action. My first stop in absolutely dead so after a short time I ask them to bring line in and prepair for a ½ mile move. On the way I over hear the mate saying “she has what”…..”how many”. I can’t believe my eyes, our lady angler has smuggled a pair of the long evil fruit on board. Our final stop provides slightly better action but still pitiful by this boats standards. Back in the slip after the slowest day of wreck action I can remember with 3 triggerfish and 4 sea bass in the box.
07/13/15 Ran east today with a crew of old friends from NJ. Dave sets the spread and less than 25 minutes later we have our first bluefin in the box. Worked the ares hard for the next two hours but we only add a small mahi to our total. I decide to make a 10 mile circle allowing time for the existing boats to become bored and leave. My great circle doesn’t produce anything. We arrive back at the bluefin hole to find all the other boats are gone. I hit my mark and POW! the long rigger gets nailed and after a very good fight we add a second bluefin to the box. We reset the baits and I go in for another pass. Wham! we get jumped again and after a couple minutes the guy in the chair needs to relief. These “unders” are so tough three of the four guys really don’t wish to tangle with any more especially since we now need to release them so they call it a day and we head back in.
07/12/15 Out with a crew from Congressional Iron Works for 8 hours of tuna fishing. Our first bite takes about 30 minutes and after a 10 minute fight we put a 35 lb. bluefin in the box. The next couple hours are super slow with only one mahi added to our total. Knowing this area doesn’t come alive until the boats leave I’m determined to wait them out. With only a little time left in the day the fleet finally thins out and we’re able to put one more bluefin in the box and release another.
07/11/15 Spent today with a couple friends from Anholt Technologies & Trago Mechanical both in PA. Our first bite takes less than five minutes and after a great fight Dave buries the gaff into our first bluefin. Our next bite doesn’t happen for a couple hours after all the other boats finally leave the area. The rest of the morning yields some pretty good action with three more bluefin, a nice gaffer mahi. Not to be out done by the other guys, Mark, brings in our first wahoo of the year and the first baracuda of the year landed in OC. Back in two hours early allowing the crew extra time for the drive back to southeastern PA
07/10/15 Todays trip began with a word of warning about the forecasted wind and a refund offer but Tigger and the guys wern’t gonna let a little wind ruin their fun. Arrived at the fishing ground to find flat calm seas. However, within the first hour things started to change and by the two hour mark the winds and seas were raging. Fortunately, the fishing was a good distraction to the wind and waves. By late morning, and weather still going down hill, we decided to trim the trip by two hours. Back in the slip with Tiggers first tuna as well as six mahi.
07/09/15 Watched the sun rise with a crew of six from Missouri. Morning was tough but finally around 9:00 we got the skunk out of the box with a nice fat “under” bluefin. The next couple hours produced two more bluefin as well as a couple mahi for the box. In a little early since todays solid west wind pushed the flies off the land out to the fishing grounds.
07/08/15 Was fortunate enough to spend today with a couple of Easton, PA’s finest. Morning bite was ok and by late morning we had both our “unders” in the box. Shortly after the last fish went in the guys decided to head in since they got what they came for….TUNA.
07/07/15 Out with a crew of folks from my winter time home, Lancaster County PA. A very tough morning, kinda sporty too, only produced one super jumbo Atlantic Bonito. By late morning one of the older guys who isn’t doing very well so the rest of the crew decides we should get him back.
07/06/15 Ran north today with three guys from NH looking to lock horns with a bluefin. Our first tuna bite took about an hour and after a very good fight Dave sticks a 35 lb. “under” in the box. The next bite takes about 5 minutes and “under” #2 goes in the box. With both our “unders” in the box we tweek the spread looking for mahi too. The next several hours provides mahi action, some making the box, others missing the hook or throwing the hook while jumping.
07/03/15 Broke the inlet today with a family of six including one teenage boy who had a red cape and a huge S on his shirt. The evening before, when mom was handing out the dramamine he was sure that it was kryptonite and refused to take any. At the 10 mile mark, superman wasn’t doing so good. Threw the baits in at 20 miles but less than an hour mom called the trip to get her boy, who was now hugging the gunnel, back to dock.
07/02/15 Another day in pursuit of bluefin tuna finds me 30 miles from the inlet with a crew of three super great guys. Our first bite takes about 30 minutes and after a fight that nearly brings our young stud to his knees, Dave puts a nice 35 lb. bluefin in the box. The next couple hours produce a few bites that don’t come tight one of which is a 25 pound mahi that pulls the hook 10 feet from the gaff and three mahi that go in the box. After a two hour dead spell we get jumped by another bluefin and he joins his cousin in the box. Decide to head in a little early to beat the forecasted storms……which we didn’t. In the slip with two bluefin and three mahi in the box.
07/01/15 Out for a day of bluefin action with a pair of father & son teams. The morning produced five solid bites but after all missed or pulled the hook I really thought about looking through their bags to see if someone smuggled a long evil fruit (banana) on board. Moved away from the fleet and got jumped by the best fish of the season so far, definately a 100 lb. + bluefin. Less than 100 feet from the boat, the hook pops…….You’ve gotta be kidding me!! Fortunately, the next couple hours produce more action and after Dave replaced the rubber hooks, we actually started putting fish in the box. Back in the slip with two bluefin and two mahi.
06/29/15 & 06/30/15 Spent two days deep dropping with a couple great guys from Long Island NY. The first day produced a limit of tilefish with a couple very nice goldens to 25 lbs as well as a couple mahi. Day two yielded a mixed bag of tiles, rosefish, mahi and a very rare swallowtail bass.
06/26/15 Running east for a 10 hour bluefin trip determined to find a bluefin with the limits of this trip. The seas were horribly confused seemingly from every direction. There wasn’t any wind just stupid confused seas. By the time I reached the number 1 hole Brenda isn’t doing very good neither is one of the guys. The first couple passes only produces one trophy size Atlantic Bonito (aka: greenie). I decide to troll the next 6 miles to the second edge I want to look over but with about two miles left to go I’m asked to head back to dock. Back in the slip a small discount is applied and a discounted return trip offer is made which I hope will allow Brenda to fulfill her dream.
06/25/15 Headed east to day with high hopes for tuna in flat slicky calm seas. The morning bite was terrible and as the fleet scattered I started working a small hill thats been very good to me over the past few seasons and allowing us to put two small yellowfins in the box. A little later we added a nice mahi too. In the midst of a couple small mahi bites the charter asks if we can run back inshore and play with the bluefish. Really can’t blame them since fishing was pretty slow but I’d love to have stayed. Made the 20 mile run and finished the day with everyone having a ball catching those blues.
06/24/15 Tried to talk todays crew in to running offshore for tuna based on yesterdays action but this crew wanted to hang close and really didn’t wish to battle the beast. Spent most of the day doing circles with bluefish on one, two or three rods. Surprise of the day was a small mahi which took our bait 4.5 miles from the beach! Thats what happens when the mate assures the crew we’re way too close to the beach to see any mahi. Sent them to the local BBQ joint to have their limit of bluefish smoked and ready for the trip back to Colorado.
06/23/15 Ran east with a crew from Baltimore looking for tuna & sharks. Dave set out the spread and within ten minutes we have our first bluefin tuna on the line. The next 90 minutes provided steady bluefin action with a nice gaffer mahi thrown in as a bonus. With the tuna still snapping the folks decided to change gears and try for a shark so reluctantly I pointed the boat west and shark hunting we went. The first two hours was dead except for a very large shark that stayed deep but wouldn’t eat anything and another mahi the was added to the box. Finally a shark grabs our deep bait and makes a blistering run before a little extra drag slows him down. Ten minutes later we have a 100 lb. dusky next to the boat and released. Back in thirty minutes early in order to beat the increasing winds.
06/21/15 Spent today with a crew of UWV Mountaineers just looking to have fun bending a rod. Ran to a sharp hill thats been loaded with bluefish and set out the spoons. These guys, and gals, had a blast with these small blues. After a crazy amount of action we moved a little farther offshore and finished the day catching sea bass and a couple flounder.
06/20/15 Out with high hopes for a box full of flounder with a great crew of guys from Bel Air, MD on a standard 8 hour bottom/wreck trip. The morning bite was ok but the size of the flatties, not so much, way too many 15 to 15.5 inchers. Now, just to add salt to my fingertip wound, the bite absoultely died around 10:00. Thought about a big move but it seemed everyone else was dealing with the same thing so I hung tight and worked all the little flounder hangouts I knew in the area. Bite actually got worse during the afternoon. Sent the guys back home with a pitiful five fish. Yes, today the fish won!
06/19/15 This was to be a deep drop trip for this crew from MD but a change was made about two weeks ago, lets try for tuna. After a big run way south the hunt began. The first couple hours produced three gaffer mahi and one white marlin encounter. Meanwhile, somewhere within radio range, I could hear about a tuna bite going on but those few boats were being very tighted lipped about where. Found out a little too late they were about 20 miles to our north. Around noon the guys decided to pull the plug and run inshore and look for some flounder. Spent about an hour on a pretty solid flounder bite releasing about a dozen just under size and putting four in the box. In a little early allowing yours truly to get to the quick care for five stitches after a nasty knife bit me on my fingertip.
06/17/15 Today was to be an offshore tuna trip but the charter never heard the alarm clock and the two hour late arrivial caused a change in plans. Plus, the age of the children made this decision easy. Made a 13 mile run to a hill thats been holding the perfect size fish for this family. The kids had a ball catching turkeys, bluefish and atlantic bonito. Came in a little early to get mom back to solid land.
06/16/15 Another deep drop trip find me 60 miles offshore in several hundred feet of water looking for Brett’s birthday tilefish. The bite was outstanding and by 11:00 we reached the magic number and birthday bay had his wish granted, a 22 lb. golden. On the way home we passed some lobster gear that was hold a couple mahi so we broke out the spinners and added three mahi to the box full of tiles.
06/14/15 & 06/15/15 Two days of exactly the same trips and nearly the same results. Started off each day trolling on a little hill ten mile east of OC resulting in False Albacore (aka: turkey), small bluefish & atlantic bonito. Finished both days a little farther east wacking some sea bass. The crew on the 14th found a fair number of keepers while the 15th had a few less but added a nice cod as a bonus.
06/13/15 Today found us nearly sixty miles offshore looking for those ever so tasty tilefish. The first bait hit the bottom, ten seconds later, we have our first fish on the line. Action was like this all day and only interupted by a pair of nice mahi who happened by the boat both falling victim to our spinners. We also had a couple yellowfin around us but those buggers would not eat anything with a line attached to it. I ever tried 25 lb. flouro leader and they’d turn away. Back in the slip a little early with our limit of tiles, both blueline & golden, and two nice mahi.
06/11/15 Ran 57 mile east today with a crew looking for yellowfin & tilefish. As Trevor was running the first As bait up the rigger a yellowfin explodes on the bait but misses the hook. The other long rigger is run out and “wham” another yellowfin is on. Five minutes later we put a small yellowfin in the box. Trevor quickly rigs another bait as I turn the boat. Before the second line can be put out we have another yellowfin on the line. Ten minutes later he joins his cousin in the box. Worked the area hard for another 90 minutes with only one boil on our spreader that didn’t come tight. I add a shotgun line right down the middle of the spread and after thirty minutes a big blue marlin crushes that bait. We chase the big blue for about five minutes and several mind blowing jumps but as the angler is trying to get a different fighting belt the fish is lost. Around 11 we turned our attention to tilefish. The bite was good, conditions, not so much. A stiff breeze is making it quite hard to hold bottom and nearly impossible by days end. Back in the slip with two yellowfin, one 17 lb. snowy grouper and 25 tilefish.
06/10/15 Out today with two Jr. anglers (7 & 10) grandmom & granddad for a day of bluefish & sea bass action. The trolling bite was slow with only a couple fish so we turned our attention to sea bass. Bite was pretty good, even found a couple of the most elusive sub-species of sea bass……keepers. After about an hour of drifting grandmom wasn’t feeling too well so we ended the day fairly early to get her back to solid land. Sent this crew back to PA with 28 tasty sea bass fillets.
06/06/15 Today was to be a tuna/deep drop trip but the forecast 20 knot winds offshore forced a chance of plans the night before. Unfortunately, the crew stayed out a little too late and arrived 45 minutes late, a couple still feeling the the results of last nights fun. I can honestly say I’ve never had anyone get sick going down the harbor until today but she didn’t want to hear anything about staying behind. Arrived at the hill we fished yesterday to find no birds, no bait and very few fish. After two hours we only had six or seven bites so I decided to offer them a short trip and big savings allowing us to get our sick lady who now has had the dry heaves for the last hour back to land, they accepted.
06/05/15 Spent today with a crew just looking to have some fun cranking on fish. Started off working a hill catching smaller bluefish (the good eating size) and a couple false albacore (aka: turkeys or fat alberts). Moved off to a piece of bottom the normally hold some sea bass and spent about an hour messing with them, even managed to put about 15 in the box. Ended the day back on the hill screwing around with more bluefish and turkeys.
06/04/15 Cancelled due to rough seas and high winds.
05/31/15 Fathers day came early for one lucky dad from Mechanicsburg, PA who spent today with his family on a basic 8 hour wreck trip. I wasn’t sure how good the action would be that close to home but fortunately the fish proved me wrong. Bite was good most of the day and we even managed a keeper every so often. Back in the slip with 28 in the box and one very happy dad.
05/30/15 Ran 90 minutes with a crew from Bayview Baptist Church in hopes of some keeper sea bass. Arrived at my first spot only to find another boat setting there looking for sharks. Made a short move to another wreck and found a fairly slow bite for the first hour or so before things got good. The better bite lasted most of the day and included sea bass, cod and a few cunner. Sent this crew back to Laurel, DE with 40 sea bass and 8 cod.
05/29/15 Out for a day of deep dropping with a crew from the Philly area. Spent a little time in the morning throwing some beautiful, and very tasty, rosefish in the box. Turned our attention to tilefish shortly before noon. The bite was awesome with some jumbo blueline (aka:gray) tiles filling the box including a few goldens too. Leland’s 19 lb. blueline missed the MD record by less than 1 lb. and the standing world record by 1.3 lbs. Back in the slip with our limit of tilefish and a bunch of rosefish.
05/24/15 First deep drop trip of the season found us 55 mile offshore in flat calm seas looking for jumbo sea bass. The bite was steady with some dandy knot heads going in the box as well as a steady stream of gray tilefish and even a couple triggerfish. Over the years I’ve fished with several very good deep drop anglers but the “birthday girl” Kristina and her spinner and overlengh rod could go head-to-head with any of them. The bonus fish of the day was after mako #2 showed up and decided to eat our shark bait we had floating behind the boat. This allowed the “birthday girl” to fulfill a lifelong dream of catching a shark which was released after a brief fight. back in the slip with a limit of tilefish, over 50 sea bass and a pair of fat triggers.
05/23/15 Ever see the movie Groundhog Day? Well I was feeling like Bill Murray after clearing the inlet wind N winds forcing the same switch as yesterday. The bite at our first two stops was very slow with only a couple keepers going in the box. At stop #3 we finally found some hungry fish, just no size. They all seemed to be ½” short. Sent this crew of four home with enough fillets for a very nice fish fry.
05/22/15 Today was to be a 9 hour sea bass outting but stong NW winds forced us to hang tight to the beach looking for tog. The bite was red hot and this crew of three reached their limit quickly. Stayed a little longer releasing even more tog before the decision was made to trim the trip and head back.
05/20/15 Rescheduled due to rough conditions
05/19/15 Spent today with a group of church friends looking to fill their cooler with some tasty fish. The bite was rather slow to start but a short move produced very steady action the rest of the day. Back in the slip with 66 fish in the box. Largest catch of the day was Daryl’s pollock.
05/18/15 Out with the Urban Angler Fishing Club boyz from Philly looking for those tasty sea bass. Ran nearly 40 miles to a little piece on the hopes it was holding some keepers. Bite was spotty but by days end we had 85 sea bass in the box, just five fish shy of our limit. These guys sure are gonna eat good!!
05/17/15 Exact same conditions as yesterday but even more current making it nearly impossible to keep the baits down. Tried anchoring and what few bites we were getting completely stopped so I pulled the hook and went back to drifting. Endedthe day pulling on some very big dogfish (sharks). Sent this crew back to their campground with about 5 lbs. of delicious sea bass fillets.
05/16/15 Out with a family bachelor party in very sporty seas. The sea bass bite was good but the drift was absolutely crazy fast making it very hard to keep the baits in the strike zone. Worked little pieces all day with lots of reversing and managed 25 keeper sea bass before it was over.
05/15/15 The opening day of sea bass found me running east with a bachelor party from just south of Baltimore. The bite was outstanding! Sea bass and cod were nailing these guys as fast as they could send their baits down. I was warned on the ride out this crew only wanted a couple of fish each and within 90 minutes of starting we hit their 35 fish number. Now its rare that the captain gets to take fish home but I wasn’t going to let this opportunity go to waste so instead of releasing the next 25 TD threw them in the cooler for the Stauffer family as well as a couple for Jeff, our marina owner, and Greg, the local Tow Boat US owner. Back in the slip early with 58 sea bass and 6 cod.
05/14/15 Arrived at the boat to find the winds cranking out of the north, unlike the forecast which wasn’t calling for much wind at all. Give the guys the option of a full deposit refund or we’d give it a try. When we hit the inlet and got smacked by even more wind the guys asked if we could try a couple hours at the inlet. Spent the first hour working some birds and catching a couple bluefins and shad. Pulled dangerously close to the south jetty and threw out the crabs. The tog bite was great and we even managed a couple keepers. I swear I have maneuvered less on blue marlins than I did trying to hold that boat 10 feet off those rock with a fairly good heave rolling through.
05/13/15 Spent the afternoon with a father and son who have never fished for tog before. The learning curve can be steep for the bucktoothed buggers but these guys caught on quickly. The bite was good and by the end of the 4 hours this pair of anglers must have caught at least 25.
05/09/15 Another day of tog action with a couple of the same guys as yesterday. Bite was slowishly steady but with better size fish than the last two days a couple of which were in the 4 to 6 lb range with one pushing the scales over 7 lb. Back in the slip with 18 in the box, just a couple shy of our limit.
05/08/15 Ran 8 miles east with the same crew as yesterday for a day of tog fishing. Bite was good, even great at some points but far more fish that needed a ½” to make the ride home. Back in the slip with a bakers dozen in the box.
05/07/15 The boyz from Long Island made the drive looking for some tog. Morning bite was pretty good with a couple fish going in the box. Sometime around 10:00 the fog rolled in and for some reason the bite died. Moved to four different pieces looking for hungry fish but all the fish were tight lipped. Finally, on piece #5, the fish were hungry. Action stayed good till the bitter end with several tog and cod going in the box. Back in the slip with 16 tog and 5 cod in the box. Largest tog of the day was the togfathers 8+ lb. fish.
05/06/15 Out for a few hours of tog fishing with a couple from North Dakota. Hung close to the beach to maximize fishing time but wondering if we’d find any keepers. Bite was outstanding but they all seemed about a ½” too small.
05/03/15 Last minute tog trip found us fishing in a fairly big heave with a little more chop than the forecast was calling for. Bite was extremely slow with only a few brief flurries throughout the day. Radio chatter seemed the same for all boats, except for one, who had them chewing good in the morning with some “special bait” brought by his charter.
05/02/15 Rescheduled due to rough seas.
04/25/15 The boat was ready. The captain, more than ready. The weather, absolutely beautiful. One isuue, Matt and the bachelor party boyz must have had too much fun last night and forgot. I can’t ever recall starting a seaon off with a no show. I guess those fish will have to wait till next weekend.