When: Saturday, November 7th, from 6am to noon
Where: Boat left from Belmar, fished north near the Shrewsbury Rocks
Weather: The mercury didn't crawl over 50, it was windy too.
For those of you who don't travel in fishing circles, the term "Yellow-Eyed Monster" refers to Pomatomus Saltatrix, more commonly known as the bluefish.
Although sought after and even prized by many anglers, striped bass fishermen have a different take on our friend the blue. These often-abundant fish have been given their omnious nickname for their ability to take bait intended for a bass and to shear line with their piranha-esque incisors.
They put up one hell of a fight though.
Here's a bit of history for you...............................The largest fish that yours truly has successfully landed was indeed a bluefish. It was probably a few pounds north of 20, which is quite a size for this species. The other thing, however, is that I caught it when I was 11. It recently occurred to me, that after all the fishing that I've done, that not only is my "big fish" a mere 20ish pounds, but I caught it two decades ago.
That being said, my best chance for felling this stale record is probably with a striped bass. It was in the back of my mind that I had at least a shot on this particular day...........but instead.......all I caught was bluefish.
I am in no way complaining though. It's actually been a few outings since I've had action like this and the bruiser that you see above is the biggest fish that I've caught in some time. I probably landed a dozen and lost a few more.
It was a great day.
Next week, it's Rob's boat, and another chance at breaking a 20 year-old record.
I'm hoping that this time my 25lb. bass will become a reality, and not another visit by the Yellow-Eyed Monsters.