Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Fishing is Very Hot!!!!!!!!!
9:01 pm edt
I had a great three days of on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
On Friday, I worked the reef sites for an afternoon trip and we did very well on Fluke and sea bass. The largest
Fluke was 22".
On Saturday, I captained the Reel Style out to the Tom's Canyon. We caught 4 nice dolphin, the largest around 20lbs and
a 74lb yellowfin tuna. The tuna, I am proud to announce, is the largest yellowfin to date this year at the Beach Haven
Marlin and Tuna Club. I knew it was a large fish by the way it was ripping the line off the reel. The weather
was perfect on Saturday with only a slight surface chop.
Sunday was one of those trips to remember. I left the dock late, around 10a.m., with no high hopes setting the world
on fire. To my surprise, this is exactly what we did. In 3 hours, we went home with 29 Fluke with 6 over 21".
We had steady action the entire trip. When we decided to go home, the Fluke were still biting as good as they were when
we arrived. Everyone on board had enough catching and we all knew our work was cut (no pun intended) out for us when
we got back to the dock.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
3:14 pm edt
The ocean conditions have not been favorable the past couple of days. The last ocean trip I have able to get in
was Sunday, August 22nd. This resulted in some nice fluke and sea bass catches. I had to cancel three trips since
then due to the poor ocean conditions. The bay has been glassy like a mill pond with the east wind blowing but as soon
as you make the turn around the end of the island the wind and waves it you like a wall. The conditions are forcasted
to improve which is good for me since I am taking the Reel Style offshore this weekend for some canyon fishing.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
4:54 pm edt
I had the Schultz group out on Friday 8/20/04 for a half-day trip. We had solid action from the moment we dropped our
lines down to the time we picked up. The inshore fishing has come alive in a big way. As long as the weather behaves
the fishing should remain hot until mid September. The forcast for this week looks great with a stable weather pattern.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Hurricane Bonnie & Charley
10:24 am edt
I had to cancel several trips this week due to the rough seas caused by our two latest hurricanes. I had the Applebee
group about a mile offshore on Wednesday before we decided to turn around. The fish are out there if we could only get
to them. It looks like this upcomming week is going to be good one "calm after the storm".
Monday, August 9, 2004
Fishing is Very Hot!!
8:38 pm edt
Thursday, August 5
I had the Purzycki Family out for the day on thursday. This was the type of day that can ruin your reputation.
The weather did not cooperate. The forcast was for winds of 10-15 mph and seas of 3-4ft. I would say it blew
a steady 20mph and the seas were 4-6 feet with a cold rain added. We tried the ocean but could not hold the bottom with
2 sea anchors and 8 ounces of weight. We managed to put a couple of keepers in the box before deciding to spend the
rest of the day in the bay.
Saturday, August 7
Greg Pinciotti, the proud new owner of a 31' Fountain, hired me to captain his boat on her maiden voyage. I took
he and his crew out for a 1/2 of bottom fishing to some of my favorite spots and we did real well. Despite a few set
backs from his crew not being sea savy, I would say everyone had a great time. I think it would be safe to say,
however, that I had the most fun out of everyone. These were an enjoyable group of guys from start to finish.
Sunday, Aug 8
Steve Wietzke and his family were down for their annual fishing trip with Captain Dave. Sunday was one of the best
days on the water I have had all year. The seas were calm and the air was crisp. We had a fish on in the 1st 20
seconds of the trip and had steady action the rest of the day. Last year they said they had fish for dinner for three
days after their trip with me. I think this year they will be eating fish for four days. Great trip and the kids
did very well.
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2004
8:43 am edt
The bottom fishing has finally come to life in a big way! Bob and Bruce Denmark chartered me on Tuesday for an
inshore trip and we had non-stop action all day. The weather forcast was not good due to the fact that Hurricane Alex
was churning offshore. I was going to cancel the trip the night before but decided to wait and see what the conditions
would be like in the morning. It was a good thing I waited because in the morning the seas were flat calm with only
a slight breeze. The forcasters were wrong once again. Alex stalled off N.C. then headed out to sea leaveing us
a slow rolling "lazy" sea.
We fished the reefs 8 miles offshore and had steady action all day. We had a cooler full of flounder and sea bass
with two flounder over 23" and several bass in the 4 lb range. The only problem with catching that many fish is spening
two hours cleaning them when you get back to the dock.
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club White Marlin Invitational July 28-31
9:34 pm edt
I captained the Reel Style in the annual BHM&TC White Marlin Invitational this past weekend. Although we had
a nice catch of yellowfin tuna on both days of the tournament, our tuna was not large enough to win. The fishing conditions
were perfect for the first time in a long time since I have been fishing this tournament (1990). The terrible weather
we had just before the tournament started missed us by one day. We have to get lucky once in a while.
Bottom fishing is finally starting to pick up on the local reef sites. I have had excellent reports from local
captains that they did real well over the weekend. The warm water temperature is finally starting to pay off in a big