Thursday, December 8, 2011

Costa Del Mar - Wingman Aviator

New Pick up for Winter 2011

Costa Del Mar - WINGMAN (Aviator Style) Sunglasses (shades)

Style : Silver Frame / Grey Lens

MADE in Italy

This one is for everyday use. Swag for the beach!!

SMITH LTD. WGJ 53M comeback!

WGJ-53M Medium Class 5'3"
JIG: 200g

Spiral Conventional Jigger, coming soon !!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Late Season Flounder - Locked 'n Loaded, Fall Gear 2011

Just got a package from C.M. Tackle full of flounder rigs. I decided on a late season push for flounder since post IRENE reports have been positive. Seabass are plenty and Labor Day tablefare is on its way.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fresh from Brooklyn! Thanks Sami & Paul -- Saltywatertackle Limited Camo T-shirts

Got the one I was waiting for before hurricane Irene comes along.

Thank you local hardworking mailman for making this happen.
Check out these camouflage t-shirts from one of my favorite Jig & Pop tackle shop in the world:

Sorry you guys out there, I got the last L and XL.
One is going to Japan !! :D 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Greenlane Reservior Late Summer Topwater Bass 2011 - 8.20.11

Had the opportunity to get down to Greenlane for the first of the year.
I really was expecting a overly hot and un-fishable day and did not expect to have much chance.  This attitude probably made me skip out fishing it the entire summer.  Well, I was wrong as we were greeted by some beautiful fog on the water even at 8AM.

The operation at the park has been "privatized" this year and terms and pricing are a bit different.  They open at 8AM (no more 6am or sunrise swinging gates).  However, they said they plan to stay open 1 week after the labor day holiday this year which is 1 week longer then previous years.

With me were two buddies: Jie & Liwen.  They are both now out-of-towners but managed to make their way down to fish this particular Saturday.  Thanks for coming out.  It's fun to be together since we have all fished together before.  As you know Greenlane is all a bout accuracy casting and all three of us have the experience now.

I took honors to guide the boat as we made way to our spots.  This trip was "topwater only".  So lures included spooks, prop baits, magnum bud's, lelure creepers, & dead or alive swimbaits.  All was good and although we didnt slam em we had fun.  I did lose a nice 20 inch plus bass due to being rusty.  I ended up watching her fight instead of fight all the way boat-side. 

Another cool thing was that I had some inspiration to blog that day.  I want to thank the guys and gals reading this humble blog because on more then a few accounts I've been able to meet strangers that had recognized me or decided to come up to me to say hello or ask "don't you write that blog?"  Well as we pulled up that day and unloaded the gear two fellow anglers came up and did just that.  It's an awesome experience to share fishing ideas and talk about the blog, videos, and fun on the water.  I thanked them for being so genuine and we were on to the water! 

As it happens to be one guy gets a skunk.  Poor Li, as he had to demonstrate non-catching skills today.  Should have gave him the motor work.  :D 

Got my boys using "vintage" gear.  Nice 2007 re-issue Abu Ambassadeur 2500C models.  Also vintage True Temper rod as well.  1UP !!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fluke On The Gail Frances - Frances Fleet Jigging Report 8.22.11

An awesome day on the Gail Frances where it was all about getting on the water.  Those that repeatedly checked the weather didn't show up and that left a lot of room at the rail for the 15 that showed up.
I made the trip up because I knew that these fish wouldn't be here forever and I was rewarded with hooking up 24 fluke and keeping my limit of 7.  The hot tip was the Berkeley GULP.  I used the Chartreuse 4' mullet. 6 seabass also fell to the inchiku jig and a fluke bucktail.  I kept 4 for the table. 
Interestingly enough there were anglers that traveled to fish as well.  They had the inside track on what was biting and I  learned alot from one guy name Sean.  He is an experienced Northeast fisherman and I did pick up some technique from him.  It's always great to fish next to the guy who is high hook.  Anyhow, I watched him pull up a double header with one fluke pushing 6lbs on the same drift I lost a "big one" as well.  Mental error as I tried to lift the fish over the rail.  He took 1/3 the pool money in a three way tie. 
The Gail Grances departed at 7:00am and only a handful of anglers were there by 6am.  I arrived around 6:20am, paid the fare and got in on the pool.  The fleet consist of three larger vessels, the Gail Frances is the main fluke boat. We got back to the dock a bit after 4pm (4:17pm).
Open rail, with plenty of room.

This is a setup I've become fond of using.  I've created alot of confidence with it and have no doubt the rod can handle big fish.  I caught a 17lb bluefish with it and with the exact same setup seen here.  The Shimano Sustain was on it's first trip out after being sent back to Shimano to service.  Also for the first time out was is the GPA Custom EVA handle knob.  Worked well and was better then the stock rubber t-paddle handle that I had smoothed out after countless trips on the water.  Very nice piece in dark blue EVA grip material. 
This jig I built so much confidence in during the winter of 2010 jigging for seabass on the 18 hour trips that I decided to bring it along.  At a bit under 7 ounces it drops quick to the bottom even with a fast drift.

This setup got it's first time use on the water.  I choose the Trinidad 10a over the older Daiwa Saltiga 15 because of the more efficient and smooth drag.  Also, it is a bit smaller is makes jigging all day easier.  At first I was concerned that the gear ratio (6.3:1) was a bit too fast, however after fighting many fish today I don't have enough good things to say about it.  The ratio was perfect.  I used #50 FIN-S braided spectra.  The rod is a G.Loomis Hot Shot.  Again, first time out and although I originally purchased it for plugging lures to stripers, it held up well jigging fluke with bucktails.  The tip is soft and extra fast.  Multi-use rod's fit the bill right?  I mean the rod was originally designed to troll for Salmon.  There is some hearty backbone in this rod.  Speaking of rods, I did get to feel out a particular custom built rod that Sean was using.  I really like shorter length rods for jigging and I will have to look into his setup more.  He mentioned it was a Seeker Hercules Inshore Lite.  Very nice and American too.
My greedy setup with lots of GULP usage.  I witnessed a white 6" Pogy GULP catch 5 and 6lb fluke on this trip too.  Next time I will find the biggest GULP to try.  Pure cheating at its best.
Squid / GULP & "Killies" combo was the hot ticket.  Here is the first fluke I jigged up with the Cape May tackle 5oz. Jig-a-fluke lure.

This Seabass fell to a CM bucktail as well.  I did at have on two drifts 3 fish in a row with the Shimano Bottom Ship 200g inchiku jig.  It was a lot of fun to jig them up although the wind and drift was blazing around 1.5-2knots.  Tough conditions but the weather laid down after the morning bite. 
Beautiful head-shaking/fighting to the surface seabass.  Ranging from 19-23 inches
We did have to work for them on 2 or 3 drifts but it was well worth it.  Fluke and Seabass on the Gail Frances fishing Rhode Island.  I cannot wait to get back up there again.

Some have asked why I bring empty bottles on board (or why I rummage through the trash bins on the way back to the dock), and my madness is to take home some sea water.  I fill them up and when I'm back home I fill the ziploc plastic bags with them so the fillets freeze better.  A little trick I picked up alongside my red bucket technique. :D
SUCCESS !!!  True harvest.  A great American fishery.
I fished local sandy bottom spot I knew of since last fall and took home 2 more fluke the next morning.  Connecticut does have some nice fishing holes if you know where to look.
Couldn't limit out like the day before but 2 (3 is the CT limit) is better then none.  Fish were taken on Tidal Tails 1/2oz white bucktails.

Bon appetit!  Table fare....