Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blackfishing Report - Mimi VI, Point Pleasant New Jersey

With the winds dying down the ocean was really laid calm for one of the last blackfish boat trips. We arrived at dock at 5:30am and were greeted by about 4 others including regulars of the Mimi VI out of Point Pleasant, NJ.

Without a doubt it was going to be cold but that is when Blackfishing on the boats in NJ are the best. This time of year means big fish off the inshore wrecks and pillige grounds.
While off in holiday mode this past week or so had me thinking about fishing perhaps every day. I received an email a few days back from David aka Esquired. It came to be that him and Jimmy aka jl_rotary grabbed a spot on the charter along with an extra for me. I accepted with grattitude and without hesitation.
I really felt that south jersey and deleware have some of the best habitat for big tog but at least we had some ground to cover up in "north jersey".

Although the weather was nice, the fish decided to have lockjaw. I was lucky to get 4 keepers along with David's 2 and poor Jimmy had a skunk. Nevertheless, some bigger fish were caught on the boat but I guess for us three they are waiting for us to get down to the Deleware waters as that is the best big togging around this time of year.
Just to mention how seriously cold it was on the water it was like 14 degrees F when we got to the boat.  It was a warm 35 degrees F for the peak when this picture was taken.  Our crabs froze to death...but the blackfish still loved it!  You can see on my face how cold I was.

Check out the bucket of cold death:

As the 2009 year wrapped up we were off for one more boat trip out before fullfilling our obligations for family and friend. Although it wasnt a trip to pillage the blackfishing grounds we were all happy to get out there. I'm happy to get on the water with another DF member and eat some great sandwiches David made. I hope to see yall on the water or at least hook many more fish with you guys again in 2010.

If you never fished for tog, make it a trip for this January. I will gladly join!