Yesterday we fished the SI Tuna Club's Armed Forces Invitational Striped Bass tournament.
We picked up the two Veterans assigned to our boat, Warren and Richard, from Great Kills and were released to go fishing around 8:15am.
We ran out front to where we have been catching consistently only to find that most of the bait has been pushed outside the 3 mile line where we can't legally fish and sucked the bass out with them (wind &/or full moon?)
We trolled the ocean side from Sandy Hook all the way to Deal without a tap and very few signs of life.
Around 2pm I made the choice to give up on trying to catch a big ocean bass and headed to one of our reliable back bay spots just to get these vets some bass and shake the skunk.
We had action right away but they were mostly smaller fish that kept hitting mojos but couldn't take them down.
The guys managed to pull two keeper bass out of the shorts which will give them some nice dinners.
Overall very tough fishing on this tournament day....39 boats and only 4 weigh-ins total.
Thank you to all the veterans out there who fought to keep us safe and to the SI tuna club for putting on a great event as usual.