2018 over

I, for one, am Glad to see 2018 over as I have not had a line in the water since August after tearing an Achilles. But all appears well after finally following Doctors orders and completely immobilized for 2 1/2 months
I put my boat up for Sale or trade down as it has got too much for me to handle in my old age,,Hope to downsize which will also allow me to get back into the many small creeks in my area.Past couple of years with all the beach replenishment has seen my small creeks get choked with sand in the mouths. Still plenty of water once in but can’t stay in for very long or I can’t get out. Most who I have talked too complained about a poor year for Fluke as far as getting legal Fluke ,Striped seemed decent for smaller fish but larger fish were scarce. Bluefish was also down except for the little 6-10″ blues ,but this appears to be the start of another good run.Next year if history repeats we should see an abundance of 14-20″ blues..Sea Bass was hot and cold… Best fish of the year from what I was told was Taugog and they are still being caught today but given the foretasted storm I suspect it will end.
We may see some relief in summer flounder regulations for 2019 but probably won’t know until March. I would give it a 50/50 chance of some improvement in regulations
So Have a Great Winter and lets hope 2019 is a great season

Year end fishing

I hope those who have followed this have had a good year, I have not had a line in water since mid-August due to numerous problems and worse being a torn Achilles but slowly recovering and hope to be back on water in 2019
I hope to sell my pet 19ft mako over the winter and invest in a smaller boat that an old man can handle
Regulations for 2019 are being worked and if you have time you need to make your politicians know your unhappiness with current regulations and how they are determined AND if possible make your views known to ASMFC and /Mid-Atlantic Councils…..There is a chance we may get a few more days in 2019 BUT problem will continue to be the removal of only females if size stays at 18″
My data indicates under current regulations with 18″ we are only removing females AND my data indicates as much as 30% being thrown back that die…American Littoral Society is reporting a 60% death on throw backs ,bottom line we are throwing more back dead than we are keeping. You won’t find fluke floating on surface as they will go right to bottom when thrown back and become crab food
Striped Bass survey is supposed to be made public in late Dec and I am not guessing what that will say.New Jersey has been blessed with a growing number on home grown bass but /states to our north have not done as well
Sea Bass, the best you can hope for is rules stay the same but there is a risk we could see a reduction given some numbers I have seen from Fed’s surveys
So bottom line, Fishermen need to get involved and make sure their politicians know their feelings as well as ASMFC and MI-Atlantic /council
As I hear rumors and actions by regulators I will post
BILL (bucktail willie) Shillingford

fishing season done

BUCKTAIL WILLIE’S season is DONE… Serious injury to my Achilles has me in a boot up to my knee for at least 30 days 24/7. This getting old sucks… I got 2 opinions and both were the same but second opinion provided a little more relief with boot but still a first class pain in the ass .
If I hear of some decent catches I will post from time to time BUT it won’t be me catching
Those who followed this THANK YOU and good fishing the balance of the year
If you get into some nice fish please let me know at bucktail8@aol.com


Boat still in shop and I am still hobbling on a sore achillies
Did see one nice bass of 32″ that was caught yesterday

NO Fishing

My boat is in the hospital and I am waiting to hear the results
Don’t think I am missing too much in the way of catching in inside waterways given the very high water temperatures. BUT if you are looking for bait for the striped bass run there are decent /perfect size Spot showing up in mouths of small creeks

Fishing Report 8/29

Not a good day, left dock around 5am with live Spot looking for bass BUT found water temp at cock at 83 and as I got to my anticipated location water temp was 80. Small Bluefish destroying the Live Spot. Decided to go to inlet looking for cooler water but best I could find was 78. I did something I rarely do and that was shit off engine as it was a perfect drift bit no fish. Went to start engine and NOTHING happen,completely silent. Fooled around with what few tools I had but could find nothing . Called my marina ans they came out and pulled me in. I got some more tools ans started looking. Found a broken ground wire but could not locate other end.. Hotter than hell so called it a day and will return in morning to continue with more tools.. Hopefully I didn’t blow any fuses while looking ….So bottom line fish win and probably couldn t happen at a better time with this 80 degree water


Left dock under cover of darkness with 10 Spots for bait looking for Bass with tide 1/3rd in . First 3 stops nothing ,4th stop I got into a fat 29″er .Went back over same spot and bluefish showed up destroying my Spots and not giving Bass a chance at the bait .After losing 8 Spots to Bluefish and sun up high I went looking for more Spot…. Picked up 14 Spot and called it a day.
Bass ONLY want Live Spot ,nothing on poppers or trolling. Water temp pushing 80 ,81 at my dock but dropped to 78 where I caught the bass
Once that sun gets up this time of the year bass are scarce
May try to go earlier tomorrow but it will be on first of incoming and that usually isn’t productive but nothing ventured nothing gained


Left dock little before Day break with some live Spot. First 3 stops produced nothing ,third area the screen lit up and over the next 30 minutes I landed 3 bass 27,26,22 ” and than nothing. Worked the area for another 30 minutes and nothing so headed to another area but sun now up and tide slowed down and it produced nothing
Decided to go look for some more Spots and found a hot area and landed 13 Spot for my pen. spot were the perfect size so I will have some bait again for Tomorrow


After 2 weeks of much difficulty for this old man I am testing one more time thanks to the brilliance of my older son who is a computer genius and has clean up the mess that transferred onto this new computer hopefully from here on out I will be back to posting as normal

8/24 TEST