Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rockfish, Cobias, and Big Blues

Hello everyone, Hope you are doing well and staying afloat in this soggy spring we have been enduring. First off, I would like to thank everyone who came aboard for our Spring Trophy Season, this year which was less than stellar by far for the most part. The extremely mild winter and hot spring really hurt our fishing. When the water temperature is already jamming 65 degrees and fish are being caught in New Jersey in midApril it makes it tough on us. This year the big spawing class came and went about a month ahead of their normal schedule due to the warmer water temps, and after they spawned the bay is almost "too hot" for them so they got out of here faster than normal as well and made for some really tough days. With a tough spring there is always a silver lining if you look at things with a positive attitude, it means our school class fish are already here and waiting to be kept starting next week when the size limit drops to 20". There are also schools of 1-3 lb bluefish around and big ones in the mouth of the Bay that should be working up our way for the summer. There are 7-15 lb. blues in the lower bay which haven't been around in a long time and hopefully they will head up the bay and hang out on our stomping grounds. For the next few weeks, we will be targeting the schoolie class rockfish, 20-30" class fish, and be running parties on weekends only. We will continue fishing for them through the first weekend or 2 of June and will be putting together walk on trips on sunday 5/21 and saturday 5/27 for those who can't get a full group together, the price of these trips will be $125 per person which includes tip and be available first come first serve. The schoolie fishing is always fun this time of year with lots of action for everyone and usually some great weather to enjoy with family or friends. We will be running these trips at least through the first weekend of June, when we will turn our focus to cobia and big blues (hopefully). Cobia have been caught out of Oregon Inlet already which puts them ahead of schedule as well and hopefully we will have some good fishing from day one when we start in June. These trips will also be weekends only and run through the end of August. Don't wait too long to get your name on the books for one of our walk on dates or to get a cobia trip lined up, there are only about 20 dates available for cobia, blues, and Spanish Mackerel over the summer and we don't want you to miss your chance at some of the best fishing of the summer. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more info. or to get your name on the books. As always our calendar is up to date on the website,

Tight Lines,
Cory Rice