I arrived at the Marina at 2am on Halloween morning with the thermometer reading 33 degrees and the boat covered in frost. This was my first trip since the historic Nor’Easter that hit Long Island over the weekend delivering the first snow of the season. Bundled up the thermal clothing and backed the boat out of the slip into […]
On the very first drift I dropped a bait right on a fish that was 34inches on the tape. Went untouched until the current slacked when I had another fish that was slightly better, this one going 36inches
I made another move back further into the bay and once again, it did not take long for Dennis to find another fish. First drop and BANG!! Shortly after a decent 17lb striper
On my second drop of the day I had a fish pickup the bait and take off running but no hookup. It may have been a very small fish that could not get the bunker down as the bait was scraped up from the fish wrestling with it.
We arrived on the grounds and with the announced LINES IN at 8am the 2011 Contest was underway. Live baits around the local tackle shops were rarer than hens teeth this year and I had taken a trip the day before hoping to round up some legal live baits. It just did not work out. Bait was so scarce that a local commercial netter who supplies live bunker to many contestants just could not round up any of these prime baitfish
On Friday 11/4 I sailed with friends catch the outgoing current in some favorite back bay locations. The NOAA forecast called for the high winds we had during the day to lay down to 10-15kts. Well, suffice to say that was WRONG!! We had the winds blowing steady 20-25kts making for some tough conditions