Archive for June, 2012
Had a great time over the weekend with two great groups aboard for some fluking inside the Fire Island Inlet on both days. On Saturday I had a bunch of lads from the Emerald Isle, Ireland, aboard and Sunday had Mike, Zach, Joanne and Jenn out for a full day fluke trip. This weekend was definitely a tale of two completely different days. Saturday we had fluke, albeit short ones, for the entire flood right till the slack water whereas Sunday brought a sea robin and green slime seaweed invasion for the first half of the flood, while lighting up for the second half.
On Saturday, John, Don, Brian and Billy picked away at a the Great South Bay fluke population. Sorry to say the best we could find on this day were many fish close the the NY size limit but falling just short. We fished from the mouth of the inlet on back into the bay near Kismet with some fish on each location. Sunday started out fairly tough as drifts through some favorite pieces went un-touched for the first part of the incoming with the exception of the TONS of sea robins that took seige upon us. The last few hours of the flood changed as we started picking fish pushing the NY limit, one of which went 19.25 inches, before Mike put the hook into a very respectable 4.5lb fish. Nice fillets for dinner that night.
I had a blast with both parties and the weather was just spectacular on both days.
My wife and I had a great time at the Riverhead Aquarium hand feeding stingrays, watching HUGE striped bass swim under the walkway bridge and a bunch of other marine related activities.
The aquarium is located in Riverhead New York and features many different displays featuring the local marine environment of Long Island’s bays, rivers and estuaries. What a great place to visit
I had Mike B aboard along with his two children, Nolan and Gennah, on Saturday morning for a trip chasing striped bass among the schools of bunker in the ocean. Slipped out of the marina at 6am and across the Great South Bay in the calmest conditions we have had yet so far this year.
The ocean was pancake flat as well and it was obvious right away that the bunker schools were everywhere just outside the Fire Island Inlet buoy.
We worked over the schools for a while, snagging and swimming them for striped bass and some bluefish bite-offs before heading inside to drift some pieces in the bay. Well, the bluefish had the feedbags on as each live bunker that was put down was almost immediately cut in half by them. It seemed the blues were on the baits so quickly that any stripers in the area would not get a chance to see them.
We finished up the day back outside on the schools but had no further luck. It was a beautiful day on the water with wonderful company. Thank you guys!!!
I headed out Saturday evening to catch the start of the ebb current in the Fire Island Inlet. Knowing that we are on the June full moon cycle and the word from my fishing buddies of some nice catches during the day, I was anticipating a great evening. June has always been a wonderful month around the area I fish and the few hours I spent on this trip did nothing but confirm that!!!
Armed with live eels courtesy of an after-hours delivery from my Marina’s tackle shop (Coops Bait Shack in Bay Shore) I arrived on the grounds just as the current was getting started. A decent W-NW wind had the drift slowed a bit but as the current built, the drift improved.
Took some jockeying around on some of my favorite spots before getting on them pretty good. Once I got lined up I had 3 very nice fish over the course of an hour. The first fish aboard was originally posted to my Facebook page as 31lbs, however after weighing her on the Boga in the daylight this morning she pulled it down to 37lbs. Time for the reading glasses on the night trips I guess
The next fish aboard read 30lbs and I wrapped up the night with a “dink” of 21lbs. These guys were both released for me to cross paths with them once again in the future. What a great night, beautiful moon, wind let off a bit finally and some decent fish to boot!!!
In the past I did a brief write-up here on the site discussing the Star Rods Stellar Lite series of fishing rods. I recently had a charter trip and my clients were commenting about how nice the rods they were using were. They also mentioned they had never heard of Star Rods.
I figured I would do a video update to the written article and here it is, a discussion of the Star Rods Stellar series and the particular models I use from the Stellar Lite and Stellar Surf lineups.