Put in at Deale some time after 0800 yesterday with BassinBradW in my boat, planning to load up on Spot and liveline them for Rock down near False Channel. As we motored down the western shore looking for signs of Spot on the FF, we noticed in deeper water a gang of working birds crashing the surface. Change of plan! We cruised over to investigate and saw the top of the water just boiling with breaking fish. Quickly tied on spoons and Bass Assassins and approached carefully so as not to spook the fish. Within one or two casts, each of us hooked up some ferocious bluefish. And these were not the tiny snapper blues that are not good for much more than destroying plastic but were meaty tailor blues to about 18 inches. We worked the edges for most of the morning with only one other boat as competition. Fortunately, the other guys knew well enough to work only the edges and we gave each other plenty of room.
The action stayed that way for a good while; it would die down for a spell allowing us to catch our breath and put the boated fish on ice. Then we would notice the birds starting to work again and we moved up to get in front of the fish and let them come to us. That was incredibly fun, casting into the melee, having fish jumping all around us, birds making a racket and crashing the surface, then hooking up with a BigUn and having him peal drag and fight like hell. At one point, Brad was in the bow, with bleeding fish at his feet flopping all around and making a mess of my boat.
Around lunchtime, two charters showed up trolling with a boatful of bored-looking clients. They circled the school a couple times before plowing right through them and turning off the bite big time.
We decided to return to Plan A, cruised down to Breezy Point looking for bait-sized Spot. Took us longer than we'd expected fishing BWs and FBs to put enough critters in the baitwell, but after a time we figured we had as much as we would need in the time we had left. Got set up south of False Channel with several baits livelining. I also continued to soak BW to keep up our supply of bait as my Spot got chewed up by the blues. Brad got the catch of the day with a beautiful 20" Rock.
We declared victory and headed home with a bucketful of fish. Great day!
Just wish those dam biguns would move above the bridge for a while.
Thanks for the upbeat report.
Nice report and sounds like you had a blast. Nice especially when the humid air has gone.
I think the charters actually know better, but their clients would be pissed if the captain kept trolling the edges, believing the captain was somehow not working hard enough to catch fish. Or maybe the charters that charge through the middle are just not smart? My guess is they playing into their clients expectation.
Thanks for the report.
Nice report, Daddy P....and sounds like a blast! But really, why WOULD a Charter do that???
My guess is Bob R is on to something. It's no big deal as we were ready to move on any way, and I understand dude has to make a living, so I'm just glad we had gotten our share.
I saw Bob's comments, but even given 'client's expectations', I would think a
'professional' fisherman would have been a little more considerate, and certainly, have fully well known the LIKELY consequences of his actions.
Hey, it was your day, and if you're happy, who am I to complain!?!?
We had the same problem with charters at love point a couple weeks ago. Not just one, but 5 boats were plowing through the breaking schools. Seemed unbelievable to me. Made it hard to chase when they kept re-appearing a couple hundred yards away. Got maybe 3 or 4 casts before they were gone.
Let's hope that's not a trend
Originally Posted by Cool Daddy