It was GREAT to have the Riverview Striped Bass contest back this year following the washout last year due to Hurricane Sandy where the restaurant was severely damaged following that storm. The rebuilt the place and it looks AMAZING and the contest went off on 11/5/13 smooth as a bell.

The event kicks off the night before Election day with a Captains Meeting where all the guys get the chance to talk about our favorite pursuit and engage in some smack talking with fellow anglers. Always a GREAT part of the event. I had a great time at the meeting Monday night spending it with some very good friends and discussing the various plans we all had that would ultimately land OUR fish in the one of the 15 spots awarded prizes.

My crew, Dennis and Scott met me at the boat Tuesday morning and it was FREEZING, we loaded and rigged up and were off on our search for a winner. With just about every boat entered running down to the east of Fire Island Inlet I decided to fish to the west as I had only had smaller bass to 20lbs the day before fishing to the east. Usually 20lbs isn’t going to do anything on the leader board and as it turned out that indeed was the case this year.

We soon were marking bait and fish and the diamond jigs were put into action. Did not take long for the first of MANY MANY  HUGE bluefish to come alongside the boat. Big angry bluefish were mixing in with stripers into the teens. Moving around and dropping on any substantial bait balls I marked produced more of the same until my buddy Dennis stuck the jig into a bass that my BogaGrip had weighing 24-25lbs. We decided to ice that one and finished out the jigging session with more teen sized bass and blues before heading into the bay for the start of the ebb.

We worked over a bunch of pieces on the inside with live baits but sadly could only find one additional fish that was 19lbs which while not enough for the leader board was MORE than enough for Scott’s dinner. We packed it at 2:45pm and headed to the weigh-in ceremony.

12 Place Striped Bass in the Riverview Striper Contest

12 Place Striped Bass in the Riverview Striper Contest

There were a two VERY big fish weighed when we came to the scale but a lot of smaller 20lb class fish as well so I thought Dennis’ fish had a good chance at holding up. We watched the last 45 minutes of the entries being weighed and saw our 24 move from 5th down the board to 12th where it held on as some smaller fish came to the scale that didn’t bump it.

We had a GREAT dinner and again had the chance to review the day with wonderful company and discuss what went wrong that each of us did not find THE FISH that would have captured the top prize. Another great event put on by The View restaurant and my crew are already looking forward to next year’s edition