Well, after a half decent evening on Thursday, I was pumped to get out there again with the moon coming as I figured(along with everyone else) that it would be on fire. We cancelled Friday's trip as the wind was howling 20 to 25 plus out of the East along with pouring rain. So, we ran Saturday evening with Dave, Matt, Mark, Len, Danny, and Bill. To say fishing was tough would be an understatement. Drop #1 was swarmed with dogfish...as fast as you could pull them, six at a time. You can imagine how old that got in a hurry. So, we made a move to where we had them Thursday...instead of being swarmed with dogs the spot was swarmed with boats. We made a couple drops around there with a bunch of dogs chowing down on our clams and Len was lucky enough to hook up on a nice fish and boated a ~70 pound drum. Thanks for saving us from the skunk, Len! Great group to fish with!
Sunday, we had two charters aboard. In the morning, Craig, Brian, Barry, Bill, and Mike were aboard. Once again, to say fishing was tough would be an understatement. We did a TOUR OF THE BAY fishing and/or looking at every possible spot between Jersey and Delaware...all to come up empty handed except for a nice 19" fluke taken by Barry on a clam on the anchor...I think this is a message from the Lord to start fluking(which we will on WEDNESDAY - got some good reports, too!). Unfortunately, that fluke was all we put on the boat outside of loads of dogfish from 6" to three feet. In the afternoon, we had Tom Salerno, Tom Jr., Tom Hewston, Bob, and Jim aboard for their drum charter. It was pretty windy in the afternoon, and apparently the drum liked that better than the morning flat calm conditions. We found less boats and the fishing to be OK(relatively speaking, very good compared to the last few days). On our first spot, dogs got the upper hand as it was as fast as you got your clam in, you had a dog. We made a move and spot #2 THANKFULLY produced a slow, but steady pick of bites with the group hooking 6 drum and getting 3 onboard. The 3 we boated were between 50lbs and 75lbs. We had two others dead to rights, but they spit the hook several feet from the net and swam away unharmed. The sixth fish was on for a brief stint, taking some drag, and came unbuttoned.
I cancelled this morning's trip, but will be departing shortly for this evenings trip. Pics to follow, and we'll report on this evening's fishing!