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First fish in 150
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posted 10-28-2004 07:40 PM ET (US)
We are really starting to get some beautiful weather now. Cool in the early morning, warm days.
I headed out before 7 taking my time out to the inlet. The 60F runs great, couldn't be happier with the rig. Many birds wading on the flats, tide ripping in.
I have been out on several prior occasions, and have yet to encounter my favorite fishing. Breaking fish, top-water plugs, nothing better! Just inside the inlet the finger mullet are flying with the characteristic bow wake following them at sub sonic speeds. Jack Crevalles are crashing bait, ...........music to my ears. It was a great morning, renewing my energies. This kind of fishing, my favorite, is why I bought the 150. It worked great, and the Jacks cooperated until I cried uncle. Great fish, great boat, great day.
posted 10-29-2004 07:08 AM ET (US)
Great post! Thanks! Brightened a grey cold morning here in Michigan to read this! This kind of post, along with the tech type of info here is why I come back to CW on a regular basis!
However, we may have to ask Jim to limit fishing related posts until we are through the winter season here in the Great Lakes, fishing envy is a terrible thing!!!!
/Bob goes out to stare at the Whaler stuck in the pole barn, wondering if it would be worth it to throw it back in the water for one more weekend and winterize it all over again afterwards.... :-(
posted 10-29-2004 05:36 PM ET (US)
Now if they'd get Lake Okeechobee leveled out where they could stop dumping all the fresh water, you could start the 5 year process of letting all the silt settle out, and getting the sea grasses back to life... Nice to hear there are still some fish wandering around in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River.
Usually when they dump this much fresh water, all you hear are people complaining about fish kills... Not people making a killing fishing...
posted 11-02-2004 08:08 AM ET (US)
Nice report, fun boat to fish from. I have thus far caught on my 150 Sport: stripers, bluefish, fluke, false albacore, atlantic bonito, sea bass, porgies, weakfish, and a bunch of other bottom crawlers. This in just two summer seasons. I really like leaving the front canvas home when alone, and using the bow as a casting platform under diving gulls. We didn't get as good a blast of that fishing this fall, not like last year. Now the boat is laid up for the winter in my garage, yet another wondrous feature of the smaller Whalers. Looks showroom fresh!
posted 11-03-2004 05:18 AM ET (US)
You guys have had some terrific fishing the last number of years. I follow the NJ scene as I spent my summers as a kid in Barnegat Light. Lots of years ago. The Striper runs and sizes have been unbelievable!! Your personal success rate must put you in the 99th percentile. That variety is fantastic.
We had a great summer here in Florida, although the heat and hurricanes tend to beat you down a bit. I frequent the beach and surf fishing during July and August was fantastic. The surf was loaded with huge schools of "Greenies" (Threadfin Herring) and the gamefish that hunt them. From the sand, it was a rare day that I didn't catch and release (circle hooks only)at least one 30"+ Snook and many times there were several in the 35"+ range.
My favorite catch of the summer was a 20lb Bonita (false albacore) caught off the beach with 10lb test. Darn near spooled me several times, again circle hooked, and released.
The Bluefish have started to arrive from Jersey and have been cooperative on both early morning surface plugs and metal.
From the 150 the inshore action in the inlet has been good, but not as good as it should be. Snook, jacks, trout, ladyfish, and an occasional Bluefish.
.....If I could only get a real roof back on my house.
Enjoy, and keep the local reports coming.
posted 11-03-2004 09:56 AM ET (US)
Yes, the run is on here, with big catches of bass (5-15#) and blues (to 18#--hold on!) made yesterday from the surf. There is a gale warning up today, but that is the surf casters delight!
I finally saw the Atlantic in Florida this past August, as we stayed at the Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale for 2 nights. Now I know what those huge bait schools were--"greenies". They were all over. Couldn't help but wonder how many fish live in those reefs as I gazed down into the clear, calm water off Port Everglades Inlet on takeoff. Looks fantastic for a small Whaler there....very calm. Unlike the cold, rough North Atlantic we have here....
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