Due to slower fishing on last weekends 28 Hr Trip we have extended this weekends trip so we can go a little further to the fishing grounds. The Viking Starship is now departing on Friday’s Tile trip on April 18 at 7pm (a couple of hrs earlier than scheduled) and returning on Sunday at 6am. We have spots left on this trip if anyone would like to book. We had a great trip on last weekends 38 Hour trip so come on! Call us 631 668 5700.
All details remain the same for the Stellewagen trip. Captain Carl will depart aboard the Viking Star on Thursday April 17 at 7pm. This trip is SOLD OUT.
38 Hour Tile Express
Capt Steven Jr reports a good trip out for our 38 hr trip aboard the Viking Star. We worked the canyon edges all day catching all sorts of creatures from the deep. In total we had 17 different species of fish landed including plenty of golden tiles, cod, pollack, hake, cusk, haddock, a few grey tiles, barrelfish, northern grouper, plus much more! It was very exciting dropping down to the bottom and never knowing what you would catch! Even Capt Anthony pulled up a very rare for this area 7 pound Glass-Eye Snapper! Tyler Quarismo had 7 golden tiles plus some other different species, and Bobby Kruger jigged up some nice golden tiles and other species! Everyone had a nice mess of deep water fish filets to take home, and some anglers who have never caught a tilefish before caught more than just the one they were hoping for! All in all it was a nice trip and it was nice to be out fishing again! Roy Bess from NYC, NY showed his experience by catching the first place tilefish at 22 lbs. Mike Zouroudis from Woodside, NY took the second place tilefish pool with a 21 pounder. Mr. Kun Kim took the edible pool with a giant 25 pound elusive cusk.
28 Hour Tile/ Hake
Captain Steven Sr. was on the 28 Hour Tile Hake trip and reports the truth. Sadly it was not what we expected- It was very slow. We arrived at first light to find a 10 to 12 foot ground swell which made it very hard to hold bottom. We did pick at some tiles, Hake and a couple of Wreck Fish as well as a few Barrel Fish. By noon the swell subsided and it got nicer and nicer but still we had no bites to speak of. Actually the bite decreased and we had no drift either. Some guys did okay like Tom Lambert who had 5 Tiles and one double header. Captain Matt from the Prime Time had three Tiles, 2 Hake and I wreck Fish as well as one Barrel Fish. All in all it was not good. The truth hurts sometimes but it is what it is! Chris Rutherford was the pool winner with a beauty 38Lb Tile. Second place went to Ryszard Grzesik of NJ with a 36Lb Tile. The edible pool was won by Julio Negron Jr also of NJ with a 22lb Barrel Fish.
The Viking Captain’s will be at the Somerset, NJ Saltwater Fishing Expo this weekend March 14 to March 16. The show at the Garden State Exhibit Center starts on Friday and runs to Sunday. Our booth will be open for business on Friday March 14 from 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.
Captain Carl, Captain Steven Jr, Captain Eric and Captain Bobby will be available at booth 344 to answer any questions you may have about any of our trips on either the Luxury 65ft Charter Boat The Viking Fivestar or about any other Viking Fleet trips sailing on the Viking Starship, the Viking Star, the ,Viking Superstar or the Viking Stariper.
We are also offering amazing discounts for booking at the show as well as coupons and other special deals. The Captain’s will also hold a daily raffle to win a Viking Fleet Gift Certificate. Captain Paul Forsberg’s book, Gone Fishing with the Viking Fleet is available for purchase as are Viking Fivestar TShirts. It promises to be a very exciting show so come on down and check it out.
The Garden State Exhibit Center is located at 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset NJ08873. We are located at booth 344.
Back in Montauk we are cancelling the Local Cod due to bad weather. The Offshore Tile Trip is also cancelled. We have space available on all upcoming Tile and Tile and Hake Trips so call us to reschedule.
The office is open everyday from 8am to 5pm so call to book at 631 668 5700 .You can also book online anytime at vikingfleet.com
Capt Carl reports a struggle on the cod grounds today. We did have a pre-dawn bite again, however it only lasted for about 20 minutes with a few anglers getting 3-4 keeper Cod out of it and some anglers getting no keeper Cod out of it. There was quite a few shorts in the mix too, but again, the flurry was short lived. The rest of the day saw a few cod here and there and a few pollack but not enough to go around. The dogs were again pretty vicious. Craig Bryan from Bayport, NY took first place with a 9 lb cod and Manuel Londado from Perth Amboy, NJ took second with a 7 pounder.
Weekend Schedule- March 7- March 9
After seeing good results this past weekend Captain Steven Sr has scheduled a 38 Hr Tile express that will depart on Friday March 7 at 7pm and return on Sunday March 9 at 9am with a fare of $375. This trip with Captain Steven Sr at the helm will sail on the Viking Starship and is limited to 30 guys. Reservations are highly recommended.
The next trip for Local Cod will be sailing this weekend Saturday on both March 8 and Sunday March 9 aboard the Viking Star. The boat will depart the dock at 3AM and return at 3pm with a fare of $125 which includes bait.
We had the editor of “On the Water Magazine” fishing with us this past weekend, this is his blog detailing the experience
24 Hour Tile
Capt Steven Jr reports that they ended up with a good trip with a mix of deep water species. Although the tile didn’t bite as well as we were hoping, we had a good amount of wreck fish, barrel fish and hake to make up the action. We started off hitting some wrecks and found some good action for the first half of the day. Around mid day to early afternoon, we tried the tile grounds but were plagued with zero drift, making it impossible to cover any ground. At the end of the day we hit another wreck and and had another little shot of wreck fish and the pool winning tile. Alan Maleh of Brooklyn took the Tile Pool with a nice 25lb tile, and Jim Fee of Falmouth, MA took the largest edible pool with a 21lb wreckfish. Also, Tyler Quaresimo of the Miss Montauk came out for a ride and ended up with 3 tiles up to 25lbs, 4 wreckfish to 18lbs and a couple hake- not bad for a fluke guy!
Although we didn’t have many tiles, we did have a handful of better sized fish in the mid to upper teens. This was our first trip to the deep this year and we are looking forward to getting back out. Keep an eye on our reports and schedule. If the weather allows, we will be doing another trip soon.
Capt Carl reports another decent day on the local Cod grounds. As soon as we anchored up in the dark we had the Cods coming over the rail! We had them coming pretty good and very steady with some double headers, some pollack, and some ling mixed in too. There were a lot of short cod also mixed in and they were released to fight another day. The Cod bit good right until a little after sun up, then things quieted down. Once the Cod stopped biting, the dogs started biting and they continued to bite for the rest of the day everywhere we went with just a Cod here and there. All in all we put a nice catch together with everyone going home with some Cod filets.
Pool winners to follow.
Due to the impending snow storm, we will not be sailing on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday as of now.
24 Hour Tile Special sailing Friday February 28-
The weather looks great for the weekend so we are going Tile Fishing! The Viking Star will depart on a 24 Hour Tile Special departing on Friday February 28 at 11pm. The trip will return at 11.30pm on Saturday March 1st at and it is strictly limited to 28 passengers. Reservations are recommended on this trip, the fare is $275.00 and you can reserve by calling us at 631 668 5700 or by booking online at vikingfleet.com
We will also be sailing on our Local Cod Trip on both Saturday March 1st and Sunday March 2nd. The Viking Starship will be sailing at 3am and the fare is $125.00. (We will not be sailing this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday due to bad weather). The forecast calls for a major improvement by Friday afternoon just in time for the weekend so we will be ready! looking forward to seeing you onboard.
Capt Carl reports an overall decent day of fishing today. We had warm weather and calm seas and a boat load of anxious anglers. Our first drop saw loads of ling coming up all around the boat, with just a few cod and pollack. Then things turned for the worse with dogs attacking us everywhere, until the last drop which made the day! We had solid Cod coming up all around the boat with lots of double headers. The savage bite only lasted about 15 minutes though, and things got quiet again, so we made some drifts and picked a few more Cod before the day was done. The cod were nothing big, with shorts in the mix, but everyone got a couple keepers out of it so we ended up ok for the day. 8 year old Chris Viggiano ended up with nine fish for the day between his Cods and Lings. Go Chris!
Wojciech Szypuska from Lindenhurst, NY took the pool with a 11.2 pound cod and Jimmy Valentino from Bayridge Brooklyn took second with a 9.4 pound cod.
Capt Carl reports a tough day on the cod grounds. The morning started off painfully slow, with nothing but sculpin coming up for the first couple of hours. Finally, later on in the morning, we tried a couple different zones and had a couple decent shots of cod and ling, but not quite enough to spread around the full boat of anglers. John Brooks from Huntington, NY took first place with a 12.5 lb cod and Mike Derby Jr from Brooklyn, NY took second with a 10 pounder.
We are sailing on Saturday Feb 22, Sunday Feb 23 and Monday Feb 24 . The Viking Starship will depart the dock at 3am and the fare is $125.00. Call for reservations or to be added to our cash list. Call Viking Fleet @ 631 668 5700, we are open daily from 8am to 5pm. You may also book online anytime @ vikingfleet.com.
We will not be sailing this Friday Feb 21 due to high winds.
Sailing Update- We will not be sailing on Thursday Feb 20 or Friday Feb 21 due to weather but we will be definitely sailing on both Saturday Feb 22 and Sunday Feb 23 . The Viking Starship will depart the dock at 3am and return at around 3pm and the fare is $125.00. Reservations recommended . The weather looks good and we are ready to get out there so come on out.
Capt Carl reports a tough day on the cod grounds. It was very cold out and fishing was very picky. We read them pretty good but they seemed to have lockjaw. There were also dogs around. Me managed a slow pick by days end, but it certainly wasn’t enough. Kevin McCann from Staten Island won the pool with an 8 pound Cod.
The picture below is a photo of the big school of cod that would not bite.
Local Cod for Sunday February 16 is Cancelled. The weather for Monday February 17 President’s Day look good so give our office a call at 631-668-5700 for reservations or go online at vikingfleet.com Trip departs at 3am and Returns at 3pm the fare is 125.00
Capt Carl reports a tough grind on the cod grounds today. The area we have been doing well in was covered up with gill net gear, so we looked around in different areas. We would have a couple good drifts here and there, and some very slow drifts as well. Every time it looked like we had some fish to work on, it would shut down and we would move on. The last stop of the day saw one pretty good drift with some double headers and nicer size cod, but then two seals came along and scattered the pile. There was a few ling in the mix with the cod today, but all in all it was a tough grind. Jasson Hicks from Huntington, NY took the pool with a 11 pounder, and Nicholas Dorazio from Freehold, NJ took second with. 9 pounder.