Re: Party boat togging
I got out with my buddy yesterday on the Ocean Explorer for a beautiful day's fishing. The boat ran just about at capacity, but everybody was on good behavior. The results were modest for most of us, but I'd have won the pool if there'd been one for Conger Eels. I caught one on my first drop!. A couple spectacular fish were boated, and a guy just up the rail from me won the pool with a fish just under 15 lbs.
The boat ran to the Belmar Reef, I think someone said, about 16 or 20 miles out. The depths were all over 100', with the last drop at 122'. There wasn't much wind at all and the ocean was moving in long period oily swells for most of the day. I had a great time, but could clearly see that there were guys out there who knew their stuff with specialized rigging and tackle (like the guy who landed that beauty!)
Several guys had brought jigging sized outfits, but no one used them at those depths and with the currents we had running.
Thanks for all your helpful advice. I'll try this again next fall when they're not running out quite so far and deep, and the weather's not likely to be so challenging.