Final 2017 recap BLUEFISH .WEAKFISH,SEA BASS ,ETC

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
WISHING EVERYONE TIGHT LINES IN 2018