Tried the last 2 days to get ouyt of my dock to fish but yesterday winds of 30-40 most of the day and today it dropped by still 20-25 so stayed tied up
Forecast for morning is dead calm and I;m looking for that so will be lookin gin the morning
Fish are here ,just need weather to cooperate


Left dock at sun up ,tried looking for bass without success ,swtiched to fluke but they were not cooperating and I only got 1 . I didn’t even have any other pick ups as bait was being touched
Fished till tide bottomed out and than came home
Some days you get the fish and some days the fish get you Fish won today


I went out this morning on bottom of the tide looking for fluke,once I found 51 degree water I had fish but they were not biting real hard. I managed to get 4 into boat for taggging and they were decent fish they you expect in April 18-22″ ,tide started in water temp dropped to 49 bite was off.I probably lost another 5-6 as they would pick up bait and drop it probably due to cold water…. Don’t think I will get back out until WED


Bucktail willie finally got in the water after a cold ,snowy,windy winter.
After getting all set up at my dock I headed out looking for a fish. concentrated on Bass and weakfish and found ONE short bass of 20″ but that was all she would give me
Hit several key spots and did not see any signs of life.I did not try for Flounder but may start on them next week
Water temp on tide of the tide was 48 and I suspect bottom of the tide would be much warmer and fluke bite may turn on
This is the latest I’ve launched as usually in first week of April but the weatherman would not cooperate
The area is coming alive as Laughing gulls are arriving,Osprey have been here and busy building nest. I saw a fox and a good size deer so my world is starting to come alive
I talked to a couple of guys fishing for Fluke but no one had any and I headed back to dock after 2 hours of looking to do so more work on setting up the boat
The 2014 season has officially begun
Anyone interested in Stripers there is an informational meeting Wed April 23rd in Manahawkin that will run from 7-9pm I expect to see a cutback of some sort on stripers in 2015 .IF you want to voice your opinion this is the place to be as NJ Chief biologist will be given a presentation and he will be listening to angers imput .
If anyone needs a ride let me know as I will be attending


slowly getting there

Got a lot done today on boat, Fuse box has been completely rewired and surprising enough everything is working….. Will start with wax tomorrow
Target launch due to family events upcoming weekend is April 15th

Fluke season

NJ Fluke season has been set with an Opening on Friday May 23rd and closing Sept 27th
5 fish of 18″ or more 128 days fishing
Not good news for South Jersey inshore fluke fishermen but they did not show up at council meeting so we got what we got. I spoke for May 17th start which was on;y other option and only one other supported it .
I also raised up the option of spitting the state in 2015 with half State going into NY region and half going into Delaware region. This got support from North and South and Council has agreed to look at this option as well other possibilities for 2015
For 2014 we got screwed


After chasing a snowstorm home from SC and arriving home to find 6″ of snow on ground I went over to Barnacle Bill’s to pick up my boat following a tune up and bottom painting this morning.Boat had a foot of snow on it. but she is home now waiting for a break in the weather to apply some wax and re-install the electronics. Will not meet my target of first week in April but with a weather break should launch the 2nd week
Surely this is the last of the snow. appears I got 20″ pf snow in March which is more snow than the entire winter the past 3 years .
Hopefully the ocean water temps will rise above the 40 mark quickly and some fish will get hungry


Last Thursday when it was a lot warmer ,little breezy and before the dame snow I traveled up to Tuckahoe river after capturing a few grass shrimp and small minnows
Fishing 2 rods from the bank I had 8 big Perch and one short Striped bass (15″)
It appears I will be 2 weeks late getting launched given this lousy weather

april 1 launch date questionable

I got in one day to get a little work done on boat and had planned to haul it over to Barnacle Bill’s for tune up and bottom paint BUT looked at forecast and weather is going to hell. Only highs of 30 tomorrow and not into 50′s until next week so she will continue to sit in yard as bottom paint can’t go on in low temps
May not be missing anything as ocean water temp was 37 this morning so I wait

Looking for Spring

Bucktail Willie has returned from a 10 day cruise in South Atlantic and enjoyed the 80 degree weather for sure.I had one unsuccessful fishing trip in St Lucia,trying to fish in 8-10 ft seas. All we caught were Barracuda ,very disappointing
BUT now home and looking for Spring,hoping for a few warm days to get boat ready for another season.Target is to launch first week in April BUT it could be a slow Spring as water temps are still under 40,actually ocean was reported to be 37 this morning .
Hopefully ,eveyone took my advice and put their gear away all cleaned and ready to go
Once I launch I will be again providing daily reports good or bad