Despite less than favorable conditions, anglers have managed to put together decent blackfish runs earlier this week.
On a recent run aboard Brooklyn Girl II out of Orient, 14 anglers had over 60 keepers up to 7 and a half pounds, with many other quality fish in the mix. Brooklyn Girl II is reporting that there is room on upcoming blackfish split charters and open boats from this Sunday through Thanksgiving weekend. Brooklyn Girl II will also have Nov. 24 open for charter. Call 631-395-7055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peconic Star Express out of Greenport has enjoyed consistent blackfish runs with decent picks in the mix.
"We made several drops trying to get in on a little more consistent bite, but all drops produced about the same," said Capt. Dave Brennan. We stayed an extra half hour on the grounds to put a few more fish in the boat. The nice thing about fishing this super cruiser is you can put in the extra time on the fishing grounds and still arrive at the dock on time because of her speed."
Happy anglers aboard Peconic Star Express this week included:
Eric Lang of Shelter Island took the pool with a respectable 4.12 pound blackfish. Eric had four others, retaining only his limit.
Darrin Binder of Shelter Island had six fish on the day keeping only his limit with his big fish going 4.08 pounds.
Glenn Sirico caught 3 keepers with his big fish going 4.09 pounds.
Moon Ohmen of Plainview had three fish with the biggest one going 4.15 pounds.
Skip Anderson of Riverhead had three fish as well.
Kevin Song had six keepers only retaining his limit with his big fish going 4.9 pounds.
The Peconic Star Express has been getting out on a daily basis for blackfish as the fishing has been very good. According to their website, the cabin of this 80' aluminum super cruiser is heated and spacious, with dinette seating comfortably accommodating 40+ people out of the elements. Follow the links to their website for more information.
Captain Jerry McWrath enjoyed his last outing on Mattituck Inlet earlier this week.
"What a magnificent day yesterday was.... and the fishing was slow. Who cares? For me, it was a photo op made in heaven," he said. "The early morning frost made for an invigorating spirit for my buddy Carl Jutting and me. That cold air, coupled with zero wind, and glass seas brought out colors in nature that are seen only a few times per year."
Fish total on the day was three blackfish at one wreck in five hours. One fish went 8 pounds. There were also lots and lots of small fish bites from porgies, tiny togs, and sea bass.
"But that didn't matter," he said. "The day was gorgeous, we returned with dinner and we both agreed we couldn't think of a better place we'd rather have been. Hopefully the pix will explain it better than I can describe it in prose."
Seals in Plum Gut are making their presence known, and have been frequently latching on to hooked bluefish refusing to let go. Anglers have had no choice but to cut the line and sacrifice a rig.
Captain Rick Cohen had a great day aboard Fishy Business out of Orient this week.
"So what does a charter boat captain do when he's off? What else? I go fishing!" he said. "Today I went with a group of friends on the Fishy Business out of Orient. The Captain, Phil Kess, was a real pro, making sure that we were over fish the entire time. At the end of the day, we had nearly 40 keeper Blackfish to 6 pounds and a few blues. Thanks for a great day Phil."
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