7/19 more bad news

Motor was getting reassembled today and another problem was found in Exhaust system. Apparently this was missed when disassembling the block so now there will be another week plus before completion.
Good News is Evinrude agreed to supply free of charge
So I remain out of water .BUT given water temp in high 70’s I’m not all that upset as long as I can eventually get going again as water cools

fishing report 7/18

I jump on the General’s boat again this morning and we left dock around 4am looking for bass… Water temp on start of outgoing was 74 not good. We started at our normal places throwing poppers and could never get a bass on a hook. We had 6-7 swipes at the poppers but no hook up more than lightly due to warm water as by sun up the water temp was up to 76 . Once sun up we switched to eels and bucktails and never had a touch. Back at dock by 730 calling it a day
They are supposed to be putting my engine back together today so hopefully assuming no new problems she will be back in water later in the week


Well, I got an invite from the General who docks next to me to look for some bass and we left the dock at 4:30am .He has been getting them every day for past 2 weeks but water was cooler and now it was pushing 75
We headed to our spot with poppers and eels . Outgoing tide and water while 71 when we arrive was quickly getting up to 75.
We managed to get 6 ,4 on poppers and 2 on eels before the sun came up. Once sun came up we never had another bite. BUT it was good to have a bent rod in my hands again. Not big fish 22-27″
Hopefully they will begin putting my engine back together starting tomorrow


Bucktail Willie’s engine still in hospital but got an invite from Pat Martin on his RETAINER,, Sat was a little slow with only 6 fluke all shorts. Sunday things picked up as we got 16 but only one legal fish at 19″.. All fish caught in Great Egg Harbor Bay . Water temp on surface was 70-73 but some spots it clearly was colder on bottom .
Great Egg Harbor Bay was a little crowded but than it was a beautiful weekend in July Thanks Pat for opportunity and sure cleared up my shakes fro lack of fishing

Fishing Report 7/8 &9

UPDATE on few items

Still not fishing as I finally came to agreement with Evinrude and they came up with a reasonable cost of repair on my engine and they will send a replacement head and fuel injectors finally for a reasonable price that included labor.Problem is I will be down at least another 2 weeks given the Holidiay

Spent all day Wed in ASMFC advisory panel meeting with Bob Menenbrez where we along with recreational and Commercial reps from all East States from RI to NC. There is a lot of frustration and it was voiced on both sides AND we gave some excellent suggestions for Board to consider. All the suggestions will be given to Council to be reviewed before next meeting on July 28th of all Council members from both groups… 2018 regulation groundwork will begin for summer flounder,sea bass, and scup . NJ FISHERMEN need to be vocal with their politicians both Federal and State to make sure they stay involved AND don’t let NY/Conn overrun us. 2017 NJ is in a region of their own BUT not yet approved for 2018 and we MUST remain in our own region.
One excellent idea thrown out was splitting the State as clearly there are 2 different seasons for Fluke in NJ BUT this will take an effort to get NJ to agree to anything like that.
The other most mention thought was the implementation of slot fluke something under the 18″ size . Now even the Council’s reports are recognizing males are dying off by 17 1/2 and gone by 18″ BUT it will take more involvement of fishermen to get any action on this as the Scientific Council has yet to act on this.
NEXT NJ Marine Council meeting is July 13th at 4pm and I am sure Sea Bass and Fluke will be on the agenda and they need to hear from us

Still no fishing for me

I don’t think I am missing too much but I am shutdown until I make decision on new engine. My engine has cylinder #2 sleeve cracked off and piece went through and smashed the park plug , in addition Cylinder #4 has a crack in same spot
I will be calling Evinrude first thing in morning to discuss this with them AS my last engine crashed with very same problem.
I intend to discuss this before buying another ETEC . Both engines failed right around 3800 hours..So stay tuned it may get interesting

I’ve got a few bucktails for sale

My 2017 production run on bucktail jigs is complete and all orders met. I do have a few left over in small quantities

1oz total 13 —-10 white,2 Chart,1 pink
3/4 oz “” 16 —-10 white,4-Chart,2 pink
5/8 oz “” 8—— 8 pink
1/2oz “” 25—– 10 pink,7 white,8 -chart
$1.75 per plus shipping                    IF any interest contact me at email bucktail8@aol.com


Well boys and girls Bucktail Willie is in dry dock with serious problems. Boat is in the Boat Hospital where the Doctor has reviewed the problem with me and it is not good . There is some internal damage on one intake valve . The Good News is the pistons area looks good and pressure is good but the damage further inside could still be a lot worse but the doctor won’t know until further disassembly is taken. In any event I will not be given any fishing reports for at least 2 weeks …
There are some nice fluke starting to leave the shallows and head to inlets and there are school bass to be caught along with Bluefish that are still hanging around

No Fishing 6/12

Pulled boat and delivered to boat doctor who doesn’t have hours on Monday so I will wait until tomorrow to get the results of his examination…. Little bit warm today in any event so I will spend the day cleaning reels