NOV 1, 2014 Season Review
2014 ended up being another good year. We had a large influx of smaller bass along with the larger fish that have been around the past few years. It’s always good to see the smaller fish for they will be our cows of tomorrow. I started scouting mid May and for the third year in a row we caught a striper off the beach before June. My first charter was on May 31st and my clients caught 12 stripers.
June was good but not as hot as the past few years. We did run in to some very nice sized fish 30″-40″ but were spotty one day to the next. A few clients caught their very first stripers in June this year. It is always a thrill for me to have clients catch their very first stripers especially when they are in the 30″s.
The mackerel were here from the beginning of June right through November. Some days we had to work harder that others but we only got skunked once but fortunately I bring a bag of frozen as back up. A nice bonus to bait this year was a good squid run. We picked some up on several trips and caught some nice stripers with them, stripers have the nick name of “squid hound” down in NY.
Mid summer was typical with some days having to work harder than others but for 73 trips we were skunked only on 4 trips. Whether we catch a bunch of fish or not, we always have a good time on the water!
August was once again good fishing with many double digit days. Usually August can be one of the slower months but the past few years it has been one of the best.
September has not been treating us as well as it has in the past. It started off pretty well but not the crazy action we have had in the past with acres of stripers blitzing on bait. We did have some decent bait around just no schools of stripers working them. The biggest striper of the year came on September 5th. With all of the stripers that were caught this year between 35″-40″, only 2 were over 40″. Beth landed the largest one at 42″ and Gary caught the second Largest at 41 1/2″.
It is hard to see how big these fish really were from the pictures, their size made it difficult to hold them up for the camera. Next time we will have another person help hold them up. Even though both fish were legal to keep being over 40″, Beth and Gary both released their fish in good condition to live another day and make more babies.
As always, I do not have much time during the season to post reports. After cleaning and prepping the boat before and after trips, I do put up some pictures from trips in the photo section of my site that are in chronological order. You are also welcome to give me a call or email me as to how the fishing is going.
I would like to thank all of my clients for another great year. It is an honor to have you onboard. To my regular clients that have been with me over the years, you are family.