JUNE 2014 RECAP

jUNE was a disappointing month,overall size was down on most species from years past
Month started out with water temps of 70 and increased to 74 by month end
FLUKE– total caught tagged and released was80, largest 3 at 24″, but overall average size was down at 14.38″. Was tough to find a legal size fish second half of the month as influx of small fish arrived mid-month.
The bucktail wille 2 hook rig with bucktail on short leader and long leader with 5/0 gold hook was the rig of choice for fluke in June. Bucktail had a Gulp Shrimp on it and 5/0 hook had a Gulp minnow in pearl,or pink . occasionally a strip of fresh bluefish. Bucktail jig , was as light as possible, rarely over 5/8 oz so as not to drag bottom,the fluke generally come up to get the bait . Color of bucktail was interesting.I usually start out with white and that generally is most consistent but there were days in June where nothing hit white but hit pink or green… i have yet to figure why ??

BASS— Total 19 caught , largest 26″, average size 19.96″ Bass thinned out as water warmed up but those that took up residence were caught on surface poppers in early morning .

Bluefish — Blues were still hanging around in June and I tried to avoid them .Total caught ,tagged and released 13 largest 20″ average size 17.85″.. Most of these were caught on poppers when looking for bass but a couple bothered me when searching for weakfish but they were thinning out…

Weakfish —I spent several hours looking for weakfish, there was a bite south of me before sunrise several mornings but I never made it down that far for varies reasons.. I did catch ,tag and released one weakfish 24″ and lost 2 others at the boat .While this is an improvement over past few years .going back 1o years June would produce 8-12 every morning . Maybe they will continue to build As I said June was a disappointing month as it had been the best month of the year the past 4 years. I think increased water temps may have had something to do with the results
21 days on the water in June
July recap next

Bucktail Willie’s 2014 recap April /May

I’m going to recap the year a little different this year. I will break down the year by months and species
APRIL/MAY 2014
The year started out tough, I was finally able to launch April 15th but never was able to fish due to wind and weather until April 21st
First day I finally got out I found Fluke but only caught 7 for month with an average size of 18.2″ . in April This was a considerable change from years past as the past 3 years larger fluke in good numbers were caught in early April. . Best bait was gulp shrimp on small bucktail worked slow in New Penny color… Wintered over Striped bass began to come alive on 25th and I managed to get 18 for month .As is usually the case these fish are small and average size was 16.65″. These fish were aggressive as the water temp climped over 50. All caught trolling 5/8 oz White bucktails with white twister tails. Tried Chartruese which usually was best color early but no takers .There was an indicator here.
May arrived and weather began to improve. Fluke in May were numerous and I caught,tagged and released 129 fluke but average size for month was down to 15.62″ .However first 10 days of the month average size was 18.39″. Preferred bait most of the month was fresh cut bait on a small bucktail . Few caught on Gulp.Largest fluke for month was 26″
Small agressive Striped bass still around as water temp was having diffiuclty getting much over 52. 48 bass in May with average size of 16.93″ Same troll combination worked best but I did get 2 on a poppers late in the month. Largest bass24″
Bluefish which the past couple of years were hard to find in any numbers arrived on their normal schedule of a couple of years back and I caught 62 with average size of 16.68″ ,largest being 22″. Most were caught while trying for bass and they actually became a pain in the A@#
Opening Day for Fluke was interesting as it opened on a Friday and crowd wasn’t quite as thick as it normally is on openign day
Month ended with water at 62
So far this was shaping up as a different year as all 3 species were found in some different locations
Osprey arrived right on schedule and there were 2 sea otters in Whale creek along with a couple of dolphins late in the month
This recaps my first 38 days of 2014….
Feel free to ask questions

2014

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As mentioned yesterday in upcoming coupld of weeks I will recap 2014 by species

FISHING REPORT 11/11

BUCKTAIL WILLIE IS OFFICIALLY OUT OF THE WATER AND SITTING ON DRY LAND . In my old age I decided it would be (wiser??) for me to get her out of water and cleaned up before the stormy weather instead of what I normally do and wait for the ice making the Spring launch that much harder
I did get out this morning and found 2 bass on top of the tide ,nothing before and nothing after but on top of the high I found 2 bass 24 and 26″
Given the water temps still in mid 50′s I would not be surprised to see bass being reported caught into December but not by me this year.
I will recap my year in upcoming weeks and also provide some what may be new tips from this year’s experience so watch the website if interested .. This was the strangest year I can remember
I launched on April 11th and took her out Nov 11and fished 136 days ,down a little mostly due to the lousy 2014 weather and wind that seem to never stop
If you are still fishing good luck and to all have a Great Holiday Season and I’m looking forward to providing daily reports again next year
TIGHT LINES

FISHING REPORT 11/10

You could not have asked for a better November morning,little cool at 37 but no wind and it warmed up into mid 50′s quickly . BUT no one told the fish it was a nice day. I fished top of the tide in morning and picked up 2 bass and that was it. Tide started out so called it a morning with an idea to come back on bottom of tide which I did. I fish the last 2 hours of outgoing and managed to get 1 bass…. All 3 were shorts at 23-26″
Extremely disappointed given how nice it was and knowing it is not going to last as strong winter storm is on horizon so before coming home I went to the bar . Maybe if I’m luckly I will get 2 more days in
The interesting thing today was one fish on an eel, one fish on a Spot and one fish on a bucktail….Go figure
Unless there is a change in 10 day forecast I will be calling it a year on Wednesday and pulling the boat as current 10 day forecast is for below freezing temps at night and some wind. I’m getting too old to deal with that kind of weather

FISHING REPORT 11/9

This has been a strange week , Friday bass would only hit an eel ,Sat they wouldn’t touch an eel and hit bucktails .Both days I drag Spots and nothing hit them. Today I only had 2 hours to fish and put 3 Spot on board and went looking first dragging an eel nothing ,than a bucktail nothing ,Put a Spot and BANG I got a 24″er followed by 2 more 24″er’s on Spot. Out of Spot and could not raise another fish and my 2 hours were up and headed home
The Moral of the story is like your Boy Scout training BE PREPARED
Looks like a couple of decent days next week BEFORE a major cold front comes through

FISHING REPORT 11/8

A rather cool morning and I had ice covering the boat this morning but light wind. first stop my eel never hitt he bottom when I was into a 26″er and I’m pumped up but than nothing for next hour. Tide got down below the top of the sod bank and I found some bass and proceeded to land and tag another 7 bass between 18-25″ . Nothing was hitting my eel and all but first fish were caught on bucktails .. fish were not all that aggressive in the 52 degree water and every one was caught on a drop back drifting with the tide ,nothing against the tide today. Bite was real light hits almost like you were hitting something on the bottom ..Won’t fish tomorrow but hope to get a couple of days next week before a strong cold front comes through which could be the end but hopefully not as I would like to stay in until Thanksgiving
One other note the ONLY color bucktail working for me is WHITE with whote twister tail

FISHING REPORT 11/6

A miserable morning with a steady rain when pulled out of dock looking for bass. Rain changed to off and on but when on it was straight down. Tide way up when I started but after about 2 hrs of looking I got 2 22″ers back to back than nothing.wind changed to South and drift got very fast. Managed to get 2 more started but never got them to boat. Rain let up and wind came up harder so called it a morning as I was pretty wet
tomorrow looks like a blow out with stiff NW wind so doubt if I wil get out
Time is rapidily running out on 2014

FISHING REPORT 11/5

wENT out this morning on top of the tide and could not find a bass, Running around hitting all my spots with nothing . Went back to where I started with tide half out and there they were. Over the next 2 hours I managed to get 8 to the boat with the biggest at 32″, One on a bucktail and 7 on Blvd “s Bait and Tackle of Ocean View’ fish catching eels
Weather tomorrow does not look promising

FISHING REPORT or lack of 11/4

Left dock at sunrise with a good 4 hours of outgoing .I dragged an eel. a live Spot and bucktails and NEVER HAD A TOUCH. Fished the tide all the way down and it was like I was fishing in Dead Sea ,nothing ..Water temp climbed back up to 53
I am NOT in a good mood
Talked to 2 other guys who did same as me and they had NOTHING