Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some more fish with stripes...! :)

This blog entry is long overdue...

A couple weeks ago I was fortunate enough to accompany my good buddy Chad and a couple other fine gentlemen (Neil and Scotty--who have just become two of my newest fishing buddies) on an afternoon striped bass fishing charter in Raritan Bay.

I am truly a surf fisherman by heart, so it's not very often that I make it out on a boat to target striped bass... Still, whenever the opportunity arises for me to board one of these fiberglass jetties, I am always psyched to make the most of my opportunity.

Fortunately for us, the fish were willing to cooperate with our high hopes for the trip as well, and by the end of the day we were able to put some good numbers of real nice-sized fish in the boat.

Our day was spent fishing w/ Captain Joe Scotti of Staten Island, NY who had no trouble proving to us that he is a live bait specialist... Drifting over top of submerged structure with live, adult bunker (menhaden) was the name of the game on this outing--and it worked like a charm.

Captain Scotti certainly new were the stripers were hanging out, because it didn't take long for them to find our baits once they were in the water. As an angler who has grown accustomed to striper hunting in the dark, it was a serious blast to watch these fish come up from underneath our baits and engulf them on the surface. Oftentimes our bunker would be swimming frantically on the surface, somehow hoping to escape the danger lurking beneath them and what must have seemed like their impending doom... It was totally awesome!
Needless to say, the trip was action-packed. In fact it and almost seemed too short... By the end of the day we had landed 3 fish in the 30 pound range and a bunch of other smaller fish (still really nice fish for this surf guy) in the high teens to 20 pound range.
Personally, I know that I can't wait to get my butt back out on one of those fiberglass jetties to chase some more striped bass.

Until my next entry, thanks again for reading and best of luck to you on the water...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Good times w/ my buddy Pete... :)

It had been entirely too long since my good buddy Pete and I got together to do some fishing. We tried many times to plan something over the past few months, but we just weren't able to put our schedules together. So, I can definitely say that I felt very fortunate that we were able to meet up last week for a couple days and nights of saltwater fishing in Delmarva.

Over the years Pete and I have spent countless hours chasing stripers together--starting way back in college. In fact, I think it would be no exaggeration at all to say that we have covered the vast majority of the East Coast at one point or another in search of linesides. So, whenever he and I get a chance to hit the water together... there is a good chance that stripers are on the menu.

Fortunately for us, we had great weather for our trip...And even better, the fish decided to play along this time as well. We did end up dodging some nasty waves on our 2nd night, but that just added to the fun.

I will spare you a lot of the details, but I should say that things started out as they often do--with Pete catching the majority of the fish, haha. I should also add that by the end of the trip I think I caught back up... ;)

All of our fish were caught on artificial lures... Most on plastic swimshads, but also one or two on a bucktail jigs. We didn't measure any of our fish, but we each had fish that were in the 35 to 36 inch range... Although I think Pete caught more keeper size fish than I did total.
Needless to say, it was an awesome trip... The fishing was really good, and it was even better to finally spend some much-needed time on the water with my good buddy. Thanks again, Pete!
Oh, and we caught a bunch of other species as well--not just stripers. I will include some in the pics.

I guess that is all for now... Until my next entry, thanks again for reading and best of luck to you on the water.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome back! To well, ummm, ME... :)

Believe it or not I am still kickin'... I know, seriously, it's hard to believe considering it's been almost a month since my last post.

For all you guys who check my page regularly, I apologize that I've taken so long to update my blog. I have been considering making some changes to the frequency in which I update my page. I believe that I might go to bi-monthly format--posting once at the beginning of each month and then again a summary at the end of each month. I haven't completely decided on this yet... So we shall see I guess.

For now, my intentions for this entry are just to provide a brief re-cap of this past May's fishing.

If you live anywhere near central PA (or the east coast USA for that matter) you can attest that this spring has provided some of the strangest and most extreme weather that we have experienced for a long time. We have had tons of rain, some nasty storms (numerous tornadoes), and now extreme heat... this has been such a weird year.

Likewise, the fishing has been strange as well... River conditions have been blown out consistently, with just small windows of fishability opening at times in certain locations. For the most part I've been trying to dodge the high water flows by focusing the majority of my attention on local lakes, chasing mainly muskies... w/ no luck (big surprise, lmao)! Still, Marianne, Lucy, and I did have one really nice evening trip, were Marianne caught 3 nice largemouths--she is becoming quite a fishergirl!

As far as the river goes, we have been picking up some nice smallmouth here and there, but only at our "high water" spots--which are few. My dad has been putting in a lot more time than I have on the river, and I should mention that he sent me a pic of a beautiful 21 incher that he caught a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately the pic was pretty blurry, so I won't post it... But definitely know that the big fish are still out there. Nice one Dad!

Also, I was fortunate enough to make a (VERY) short trip out to visit my buddy Zack and fish the Allegheny river for muskies. Luckily, I must have hit a feed window just right as I was hooked up to a nice low 30 inch range musky within my first 20 minutes of fishing... Unfortunately, the fish threw the hooks as I was trying to land it. However, an hour later I was hooked up to another (slightly larger) fish that I did end up landing... It measured 37 inches, and had a ugly mug with it's injured upper jaw--not very photogenic! I also caught a nice little norther pike to round out my toothy fish action for the trip.My buddy Zack also connected with a beautiful 41 inch musky later that evening, when we were fishing on our friend Mike's boat. This was Zack's new PB musky, and it was great to be a part of the experience... and real nice to watch her swim away.Mike and his dad Mario also landed some really nice fish in the following days after I returned home... One of their fish was a 45 inch giant! A really FAT fish. I wish I had the pictures to share with you... seriously impressive! Nice work guys!

Of coarse I forgot my camera on this trip, so the only pictures I have are cell phone pics... a bit lacking I know!

Well, I guess that about wraps it up for this past month... I will try to do better next month at keeping things updated and will hopefully focus a bit more on capturing quality photos when the opportunities present themselves. I wish you all the best of luck in this upcoming month. Let's hope June is much more stable than May, and that the fishing is even better! That's all for now.