It's Been almost two weeks since my last report and in those last couple weeks we have seen some true fall weather, water temperatures on a steady decline, plenty of wind and even some decent fishing for the Tautog when we were able to get out.
After the closing of the Sea Bass season we were pretty sure that the recession would set bet in at the Wharf and our predictions for the most part held true. I was only able to get out a few times during the first week after the Sea Bass closing partly due to Mother Nature and partly due to a seeming lack of interest in patrons. Fortunately these last seven days showed a little more promise being able to get away from the docks much more than being tied up.
It's been pretty much the Tog at the top of the menu for us now and we have been fishing long and hard for them just about every day since the middle of last week. What we have found, while certainly less than spectacular action in my book, has been some pretty decent at times Tog fishing action and a few quality fish to boot . Water temperatures for the most part have been getting a little closer to the sixty degree mark especially early in the mornings for the better part of the week and generally through the afternoon sun we are seeing surface temps right around 62 to 63 degrees and these fish have seldom been aggressively feeding in the warmer water. The bite while somewhat predictable has still been very light often just feeling a little scratch or a slight tap for the best of bites. Once in a while they will become a little more active in a feeding frenzy but these fish have not been committing suicide and have proven very difficult to get a hook in lately. Paying close attention to your line has been a must and even then hasn't always put fish in the box, it just enables you to keep bait on the hook after it's been cleaned by a crafty Tog.
I can by no means say I have seen great Tog fishing in the last couple of weeks but we have certainly had some moments of greatness. It has been primarily what I best describe as "pick fishing" just trying to get them to add up by the end of the day. I have had a couple of limit and a few near limit catches but usually top hooks have been around five to eight nice fish and it generally goes downhill from there. Oyster Crackers have certainly been abundant we have had no problem seeing them add up, they seem to bite in most locations for us all day long. Along with the Toads and the Tog we have also seen a few Triggers, and there has been several nice Sheepshead and a few Puppy Black Drum landed also. As the water cools down and if the history of log books from previous seasons hold true to this year this fishing should only get better and better as the season progresses and the water cools down. We have already started to see some bigger fish, more so than we had during our first few trips for the Tog including a few citation sized slobs over seven pounds just this past weekend.
Our Tog fishing will continue on daily now until the end of our 2011 season but as of November 1st the Sea Bass season will reopen and we will be running special trips just for the Bass. Our schedule the way we have it set up will be just 10 hour trips for the Sea Bass due to the running time needed to get to the best fishing grounds. I'm sure some of you sailed with me in the several days right before the split season closure and you know that we were running often times close to two hours from the dock to some of the offshore wrecks. While it proved to be some outstanding fishing, the ride takes away from some of the fishing time and this is the reason for the extended trips. We will sail opening Day Tuesday November 1st and we will also sail every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday after that just for Sea Bass. Departure time for the trip is at 7:00 a.m. with a 6:00 a.m. boarding time. These will be open boat trips however reservations for these trips are strongly advised. We will be boarding in order of reservations taken first. We anticipate some good fishing on these Bass after the opening and I also expect a little variety with Blues, Codfish and Ling as well. We had some nice variety catches with these fish in the mix just before the season closed earlier in October. We will not be able to land Fluke on these trips this season will be closed.
It won't be too long now before we are able to catch Stripers, the word is these fish have started to migrate a little further up the coast now and it is just a matter of time before the rips between the two Capes are host to some big schools of these Trophy fish lurking in the rips to ambush the bait . We will most likely try our first Striper trips either this weekend or next weekend as the fish begin to show. We generally see some of the biggest fish early on in the season so stay tuned I will keep you posted how it progresses.
If you would like any more information about trips sailing out of the Wharf or you would like to reserve space on one of the upcoming special trips or book a private charter please give us a call at (302) 645-TUNA.
Until Next Week Happy Fishing!
Capt. Rick Yakimowicz
Thelma Dale IV