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Old 01-29-2006, 09:49 AM
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Default 1/28 NJ P-boat report & thanks Gotog & company

Headed down to Pt. Pleasant to go out on the Paramount Yesterday morning 1/28/06. I was armed w/ the rigging & bait info that Gotog and company graciously provided to whom I owe a big thankyou. I spoke w/the Capt. on Tuesday & he said Paramount would sail at 7:30 Sat. I arrived to find that the Parmount sailed at 5 AM so the Atlantis was at the dock w/ tha B-team crew apparently. The boat was supposed to leave at 7:30 & didn't leave until almost 8. Then it took 1:30 to get to the wreck. Everyone (fishers & crew) said thet the water temp dropped to the mid-low 40's and therefore togging would be a waste of time. Capt anchored in 120 - 180' of water and the slow pick of sea pouts, dogfish and ling began. One barley legal pollak & lobster were also caught. The general consensous was that fishing was slow and we should try another werck. The captain seemed to have a dificulty keeping over the wreck. He spent the day fishing & "repositioning" he boat over the same wreck. This seemed strange as there was very little wind or tide action. Much of the time we were over a smooth bottom and thats when the dogfish were thick. When you could feel the structure ling were mixed in w/ the pout. The crew did little but hang in the cabin. We quickly ran out of bait until someone dug out a block of frozen clams and we had to chip off chunks and cut it up ourselves. I will say that as usual, one or two sharpies cought plenty, most cought some, some cought none. The sharpies mostly used a single hook rig on the bottom. They said that the higher hook mostly cought dogfish. It the occasional bergal was cut up for bait and worked well for ling. The high hooker explained that the bait presentation was everthing. He said that a strip of clam w/ the orange foot lightly hooked twice and allowed to flutter was the ticket. A size 3 gami octipus & 8 oz was about perfect. I brought 8 home. I let a coulple small ones go until I found out that they die anyway. The talk was that the boats targeting mackeral were doing great. Also, the boats making the long run out (i.e. gambler, etc.) were doing well on big seabass, porgies or cod and ling.
Thanks again to those who offered info. Hope this report is useful.
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:17 AM
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I forgot to say that the fellow fares/fishers were quite friendly. The awsome sunrise was followed by a beautiful day. A fun bunch of Russian gentlemen shared their delicious lunch of freshly pickeked mackerel w/me. Fish were caught. Dispite the above mentioned negitives, it was a rewarding day. And as always, lessons were learned. And my new conventional boat gear w/power-pro were a joy to fish w/ comnpared w/ the previous spinning setup w/mono.
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Old 01-30-2006, 12:02 PM
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Excellent to hear you had a good time and caught some fish


I headed out on the OE for tog and boxed 4 keepers up to 7lbs+. SnoopyGirl managed a 5# tog. Alot of skunks and some with 1-3 keepers. Pool fish was about 10#.

Beautiful day on the water. Lots of laughs and an overall great time. Being high-hook was the icing on the cake.
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:13 PM
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Glad you cought some tog. What is OE? The folks on the Atlantis claimed that blacks were totally shut down due to the recent drop in water temp. Never cought a big tog, but the medium ones I have cought off of jetty gave me quite a tussel. I can't imagine a really big one. Those pout are pretty nasty looking. I watched someone fillet one and the meat looked firm and white. Can't wait fo fry up some of those ling. Someone told me that the ling we were catching were local and are always here. He said the orange/brown ones are local. He said that the migratory ones are silver. Only hear say, don't know if it's true. It as cool to see a lobster come over the rails. The one pollak was also cool to see. They are pretty fish. I'd like to see a big ole'fat cod come over the rail. I'll admit I was quite suprised at how many folks were willing to spend 8 hours on a boat in the ocean at the end of January. I will try it again on a different boat/captain in about three weeks. Probably one of those longer trips as they have to travel so far to fish.
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Old 01-30-2006, 06:13 PM
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OE, Ocean Eagle out of Sheepshead Bay, NY.

There were a decent number of blackfish caught. Overall a slow day as there were easily 50 fares onboard. If we had half that amount we could have stayed on the first drop, built up the life, and ended up with more fish. 60 fish for 60 guys sounds bad, but 60 for 30 guys sounds almost good

They were biting very weird and with no consistancy. The bite wasn't completely shut-down but it was difficult. Mainly fished 120' of water or more. Also, we fished crabs all day as we strictly targeted tog, no clams onboard. A couple ling did come up and a stray dogfish or two on crabs.

The orange bellied ling I always heard referred as a "resident" so I've heard the same rumors as you. Not sure how true that is or not though
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:08 PM
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glad to hear you caught a bunch. went out there on Sunday and it was tough. around 35 fares, maybe 30 keepers or so. started at 17 and it was slow getting started, then went inshore and a few more came up. the south wind really kicked up and that never seems to help. ended up with a single keeper, rolled one, although a few very nice 10# range fish came up. high hook was maybe 3-4, plenty of skunks.
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