Monday September 22nd
Block Island Jumbo Porgies and Sea Bass
Captain Dave reports a tough day fishing today aboard the Viking Starship. The action was good with the porgies a bit on the smaller side, and almost everyone had their limit of sea bass. There were also a few blues in the mix. Today’s first place pool winner was Jose Ramos of Bayshore with a 2.5lb porgy.
The Full Weekend Bass Report from Captain Anthony.
Capt. Ant reports a disappointing weekend overall for the Bass Assassins. The fish are there, and so was a huge heave that seemed to shut down the feeding frenzy we had experienced on Wednesday and Thursday.
We started Friday at Behemothland and while the fish were there and chewing, the sloppy conditions and driving 20kt southeast wind against the ebb made for a challenging night of catching. Frank Stoutenberg had his limit to 36lbs and shared second place. The pool fish was a solid 38lber. Alex K also limited once again. Scott Goldman had a beauty at 30lbs. But we just couldn’t spread it around the boat. Pass a pile, catch a few, the pile would be gone on the next pass. Overall we had half as many fish to fisherman, not horrible because the size was still there with fish being in the solid 30’s, but could have been better if we had the conditions.
We started on the local grounds hoping for a repeat of Thursday but found undesirable drifting conditions and a barren bottom on the flood tide. So we zipped over to Behemothland where we found piles and piles of bass. Unfortunately we spent 2 hours drifting through them with a max speed of .9 knots at the height of the tide. Just too darn slow. We had only one bite….and of course the fish spit the hook at the boat. We headed back to the light for the ebb and picked up our pool fish after staying out late.
More of the same, a barren bottom on the flood, no blues, no bass, no signs of life and a 5ft SE swell. No bass unfortunately and 1 10lb Blue caught by Richard Prince who hails from the Panama Canal Zone.
On the upside it’s currently blowing northwest and should flatten out the swell for our upcoming trips this week. The September New Moon passes us on Wednesday and that should turn things on again. Its the fall…we need some northerly!!!!! On Wednesday we will be sailing on our Daytime Behemothland trip departing at 5am returning at 1pm. Our next night trip will be Thursday at 6pm.
3 Day Tuna & Tile Limited Trip
Capt Jerry reports that the first day was slow. We caught some Mahi Mahi trolling though day time fishing was uneventful. Then at night fall, we anchored and started chunking for tuna. The bite started, it was choppy and rolly but the tuna didn’t care and they bit well. We had 18 yellow fin tuna and one Big Eye. Next morning it calmed down, and we went bottom fishing catching tiles, wreck fish, hake, barrel fish and more mahi mahi. The nite bite wasn’t as good but it was still ok. We ended up with 27 yellow fin, 1 Big eye, and 1 Sword fish all caught on jigs. We even had 1 small blue marlin also caught also on the jig! Bryan (‘the jig master’) caught both of them. The Tuna pool winner was Mr Alex Lowe from Tenafly, NJ with a 86.5 pounder. The Tile pool winner was Brad Bergen from East Islip NY with a 15.6 pounder. Edible Pool winner with a nice Hake was Mr Chris Link of the Bronx, NY with a 12.4lbs.