Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 112: Night Wreckin'

Chris hoists a silver eel.
When: Thursday, Sept. 1st, from 7:30pm to 12:30pm
Where: The Atlantic Ocean via The Gambler of Point Pleasant Beach
What: Night wreck fishing with Lido and Tommy
Weather: Clear and cool. 70ish degrees, light east wind
Barometric Pressure: 30.14in and steady
Moon: Waxing. 4 days after new
Water Conditions: Water still had a lot of debris from the storm. Seas 2 to 4ft.

I'd been meaning to make this trip for awhile. Chris has become a regular on The Gambler's Thursday night wreck fishing trips that are known to produce a nice mixed bag of good eats, including ling, cod, seabass and ocean pout. Since the rest of the week was fairly quiet and my plans for Saturday weren't looking good, I thought it was the perfect night to head down to Point Pleasant for a night trip.

Apparently, the fish did not agree.

There was an element of uncertainty as to whether the fishing was going to have rebounded from the big storm, and I guess the answer to that would be......not quite yet.

I got to the boat early, during which time Chris and I tossed bucktails to short fluke. I caught one.

A short while later, Tommy arrived from Hunterdon County, the boat drew a nice crowd and we set sail.

We motored out to deep water, Capt. Mike positioned the boat over structure and we baited with clams. The fish were few and far between and out of 20 or 30 fares, there were maybe a dozen fish caught. Lido scored a silver eel and a ling and I added a ling as well.

All in all, it was a great trip. I hadn't been on a party boat in some time and I probably haven't been bottom fishing in more than 15 years. Capt. Mike gave it his all, repositioning over the anchors and making moves. The fish just weren't having it though as they'd probably yet to shake-off the effects of Irene.

Oh well, I'll get 'em next time.

A note on The Gambler: The Gambler, captained by brothers Mike and Bob Bogan, is one of the most respected party boats on the Jersey Shore. The beautiful, 90-foot custom-made vessel is one of the fastest you will find and is impeccably well kept and super-comfortable. For anyone looking for a boat to take the kids or just get out for half-day, check out www.gamblerfishing.net/.


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