Archives for February 2018

19 ft original Mako for sale

I have my original 19ft 1995 Mako for sale due to old age and a need to downsize
Engine is a 2013 115 Etec with a new block with less than 100 hours and new Fuel injectors.
Full t-top ,2 fishfinders ,VHF radio

IF interested contact me and we can discuss , could be a sale or a trade


This will wrap up 2017 for Bucktail Willie.
BLUEFISH—BLUES showed up mid APRIL and they were big,lean ,and hungry. Average size in APRIL was over 33″ with largest of 2 at 40″ . These fish managed to bust one rod and strip the gears on one spin reel. .First 2 weeks of MAY saw similar action with slightly smaller size as average size in all of MAY was 26″ bt first 2 weeks had largest fish. JUNE they started to disappear unlike last few years and basically for the balance of the year only a few were caught and Fall run was almost non-existent.
WEAKFISH—another year of poor weakfishing, I found one in April which was biggest of the year at 26″ and the rest of the year a total of 3 others with nothing over 16″
SEA BASS–SEA BASS showed up mid-August and took over any bait fishing as they chewed on everything right into early Nov . I tagged my normal 120 plus but for most part tried to stayed away from them. I did get a few that choked on a large lures trolled for bass. The ,,overall size was small with only one that would have been over the legal limit and it was out of season. From fishermen I talked to this was the same up and down the coast and clearly isn’t being recognized by regulators because they are not loosening the regulations . They also are ignoring the fact that these fish and chewing on summer flounder fry moving in from off shore spawning grounds
SPOTS ,there was a short run on SPOT this year and they were the prime size for Striper bait but the run didn’t last long in my area. But enough to keep me happy .
MISC,,, Several large Ray’s caught, ,7 Kingfish and one Starglazer ,and blowfish
2017 was not one of my best years with less than stellar fishing and engine problems
I probably will be later getting in this year due to Grand children business AND current 19ft Mako is for sale and on the national market. IF it sells I will look for a smaller boat ,IF NOT it will go back in mid to late April

2017 Striped Bass recap of Bucktail Willie

2017 was my worse year for striped bass in over 15 years
Started out decent in APRIL with 26 bass caught between 20-31″ MAY was ok for first 10 days with another 29 bass but second half of month only produced 9 and nothing over 26″ . JUNE started out slow with only 8 bass, second half of the month found 27 with 7 over 28″ up to 35″.. JULY for fist 10 days is generally very good with largest bass of the year on average and was saw 17 bass over 25″ to 30″ what makes early July decent is very few are fishing for BASS. BUT I ran into engine trouble and didn’t get back into water until mid-August. No bass when when I got back in until late SEPT when I got 7 the last week of Sept. OCT was slow with only 5 until Oct 22nd and the next 5 days found 11 more. NOV was a real disappointment as all I could find up to when big storm arrived was 13 and they were not very big 17-23″.Pulled Boat before storm and stayed out of water which was a mistake as reports of decent catches following the storm.
I did get hooked up with Pat on RETAINER for 2 days fishing Great Egg Harbor river ,first day was decent with 16 bass but no big ones like last year only one over 28 and Pat caught it .Second trip was not so good with just one bass
Clearly in my mind the bass situation behind Corsons has been affected by beach replenishment and loss of good healthy underwater habitat again due to beach sand getting pushed inside . Numerous spots that produced bass for years I never caught a bass and I had to find them in other spots. The Mullet run was non-existent and peanut bunker while were around but nothing like years past.
A very disappointing year for me ,I am sure some others had better years and maybe I am slowing up in my old age but it is what it is
I put my boat up for sale with intend on buying something smaller as most of the small creeks I like to go up have the mouths choked up from sand, but once in these creeks there still is plenty of water and some fish were there BUT my current boat is too big and I can only fish these creeks on top of tides for an hour or so unlike years past when you could fish 2-4 hours
I will finish up 2017 recaps on Bluefish,weakfish etc later