Location: Raritan Reach Channel
Tide: High 10:49am
Water Temp: 75.9 degrees
Wind: W 5 kts
Moon Phase – 91% full
Conditions: Wind against tide conditions to start. Going to be a long time before we move.
BAMMMM!!!! First fish of the day weighs in at a whopping 11 lb 9 oz and was caught by Hank Conger!!! Now that’s how to start a morning!!!
First Drift – Well, you can’t begin a day any better than Hank Conger just did. Hank caught the first fish on the boat weighing in at 11 lb 9 oz. . . Despite having terrible conditions with the wind against the tide, we caught a few other keepers and some shorts.
Second Drift – On the last drift we did not move much, but at least we covered some ground. Basically the length of two football fields. That was n0t the case on this one. We probably moved about 10 feet from where we stopped. We are going to head east all the way to the other side of the bay, so have some breakfast, coffee or brunch. If you at work, now is the time to hand in your T.P.S. reports because it will be a while before I put up the next update. Most likely an hour or two.
Third Drift – We had some very good fishing on this one. Caught a very good number of keepers, and slugged away at the shorts the entire drift. This was easily the best fishing that we have had over the last 5 or 6 days. We are going to run up and do it again!
Fourth Drift – We didn’t drift the same on this one. Going to run up, spin the boat around and see if we can get things going again.
Fifth Drift – We have only had a slow pick since the change of tide bite earlier in the day. We are heading near the Ammo Pier for the next one.
Sixth Drift – Made a quick one and it wasn’t any good. Going to head back into the Reach for the last drift of the day.
Seventh Drift – Check that! It was a little fast in the Reach with the wind and tide now together. Only caught a couple shorts. Going to make the last one inshore near Keansburg.
Today was a tale of two stories, the good one before the change of tide, and the not so hot one after. Of course the 11 1/2 lb fluke was the star of the show. We had the best drift in a week on the tide change this morning with close to 20 keepers coming over the rail, however we didn’t catch much after the outgoing water started to run. Overall it was a step in the right direction compared to what we were catching the past 5 days.
Hank Conger’s 11 lb 9 oz fluke is the biggest we caught so far this year. And I say “so far” not only because the season is still young, but because we have seen a very good number of big fish come over the rail. This is the second fluke we have caught this season that was better than 10 pounds. In addition to those two fish, we caught two fish over 7 pounds, and quite a few in the 6 pound range. The 2010 season is shaping up to be a memorable one, and who knows, maybe you can be next!
On a side note, with only tomorrow left, Jeff Luckowich is still the leader for the month of June pool with a 7 lb 8 oz fluke.
What they were eating – Most of the fluke that we catch inside of Sandy Hook bay are loaded with crabs in their stomachs. Today was no exception. In addition to the crabs, I found a few manta shrimp and grass shrimp. The big fish was caught on a plain hook with two spearing. Nothing fancy! And as always, the green, or chartreuse Gulp worked wonders.