Ran to Humpty Dumpty/Little Italy yesterday before sunrise. Beautiful weather. Went there on reports that Bluefins had been there during the week. It is only 20 miles.
Looked very promising , small bait and birds. Thought see saw fish once but could have been shearwaters swimming underwater.
Gave that area couple widening circles , no luck. fleet started to build around us. No fish so broke off to troll out to the Lillian area. No Bait there so ran back to the fleet and gave that a few circles.
Nobody catching, radio had some fish at the Resor so we picked up and ran 20 miles. Bigger fleet there spread out for miles around the Resor wreck. There had been some fish caught early. We had no knock downs for hours of effort.
Later found out the guys 6-7 miles east had fish early and picked at fish throughout the day. Was not a great day though, lots of lamenters like us.
We " broke for lunch" and sat on the Resor but only managed 4 ling, no sea bass there.. Went back on the troll. we decided to point it home on the troll. We did see one 40# bluefin caught on a boat in front of us.
At 3 we decided to give up and run in to the Mohawk to catch sea bass. Got 23 seabass and headed home at 6. Did not take one picture.....
Had a similar experience same day on my Buddy's 25 Trophy Pro the "Audrey Sue". We are going to try for the elusive BFT again this Saturday.
If you are looking to load up on Seabass fillets before the regulations change, just drift the mussel beds in 75 feet off Seaside...look for the life stacked up around the lobster buoys.
Use a small Tsunami ball jig tipped with a 4" chartreuse Gulp and just drop, bounce and reel!
Our recent catches there have been incredible...a lot of shorts to weed through but lots of fun doing it.
Got a 41 inch BFT yesterday near the Resor. Had to wade through a thousand false albacore...big one's...
We had a screamer BFT on a Penn 80 but got cutoff by a dickhead who wouldn't move. He had a guy on the bow casting a plug over our line.
ended up in his prop...I hope the braid ruins his shaft seals. And it was my absolute favorite lure... blue & white chugger daisy chain with a small rubber bird.
That thing had been re-rigged multiple times been catching fish in FL and NJ for 20 years.