2005 FLORIDA PICTURES
DECEMBER 7, 2005 RICH,
JOHNNY "B", &
Just because THE
BIG BOY is winterized doesn't mean that The Regulator
is. Got out for a late afternoon bass trip with
Rich, Johnny "B", Rudy, and myself. Just out of
the inlet we ran into birds working, along with bass
boiling on the surface. We dropped the jigs down
and managed a few fish. Although there was a lot
of bird life, the fish were few and far between.
With that, we ran to the North in hopes of better
fishing. Well the move proved to be a good one.
In no time, we were catching bass off Deal on the jigs
with double and triple headers. In 2 1/2 hours we
landed 53 bass ranging from 4 lbs. on up to 20 lbs. and
5 bluefish up to 15 lbs.
DECEMBER 3-4, 2005 RICH,
JOHNNY "B", DOUG, MAX, &
Had THE BIG BOY out
this weekend for its last trip of the season.
Fishing both days, Sunday proved to be the best with the
exception of the weather. At 5:00 a.m. it was
snowing pretty good with about three inches on the
ground. By 7:30 a.m. it had stopped and we were on
our way out of the inlet with Rich, Johnny "B", Rich's
neighbor Doug, Rudy, my brother Max, and myself.
Splitting the day in half we planned to bass fish in the
morning, and then switch to togging'.
Breaking the inlet
we had action right away. After boating and
releasing numerous bass, the action died. Ran up
to The Rocks where we found non-stop action jigging bass
all alone. By 11:30 a.m. we called it quits.
With an estimation of close to 80 or more bass caught
and released, we had the slot limit filled along with
some fish over 34" mark.
With not far to
travel we set up on the Sandy Hook Reef for blackfish.
Action was slow at times but did improve later in the
day. We managed to catch some 20 keepers along
with Doug's pool winning 8 1/2 pound tog. It was a
cold, great day of fishing, and it was a treat to have
my brother along. With that, I just want to say
thanks to Rich for everything this season, we had a
great time. Rudy, thanks for your help, and thank
you to those that chartered THE BIG BOY.
Book your trips now for 2006 - we will be up and running
by the second week of April. Have a safe winter
and Happy Holidays!
NOVEMBER 27, 2005 RICH, &
Out on the
Regulator again Sunday with Rich, Rudy, and myself for a
repeat of Saturday. It proved to be a carbon copy
for the bass. Action was slow and the fish were
small off Seaside. We just couldn't stop thinking
about the tog trip yesterday and in no time we were
headed back out there. After setting up, the
adrenaline was high for some fast paced action.
That action we were looking for never really happened...
only picking fish here and there. We covered every
square inch of that.
NOVEMBER 26, 2005 RICH,
JOHNNY "B", &
Ran down to fish
off of Seaside Pier for bass with Rich, Johnny "B",
Rudy, and myself. Looks like everyone else had the
same idea as we trolled in and around a fleet of more
than 70 boats. Marking bait and bass on the fish
finder, the hits were hard to come by. With the
action so slow and only a couple small bass taken, we
decided to go blackfishing. Looking at a chart and
on the GPS we noticed two wrecks about seven miles
offshore. Having flat conditions and the 26'
Regulator out, we were there in no time cruising at 34 kts. For the next four hours we crushed the
blackfish that averaged 3 to 4 pounds. Was a
fabulous day of togging'.
NOVEMBER 20, 2005 RICH, &
Rudy, myself, and
Rich were back at it again in the morning. Looking to
start the day off like Sat. it slowly developed. Only
to find all the bluefish you wanted, which all seemed to
be on steroids. Having enough of the bluefish we moved
off to the east and did some wreck fishing. Caught some
sea bass and blackfish but this fishing proved to
be tough as well.
NOVEMBER 19, 2005 RICH,
JOHN, JONATHAN, & MICHAEL
Back from his
vacation overseas, Rich was anxious to get back on the
water. Along for the trip was a friend John Capra, and
his two boys Jonathan and Michael. Out of the inlet we
headed north and arrived at our destination off
Highlands. Finding plenty of bird life and good
readings we started the day off jigging. The first fish
to come over the side were four slot sized bass followed
by a 26 lber. Jonathan subdued this large fish in ample
time after a grueling battle. With the fleet growing we
decided to move off and fish by ourselves. The boys
were eager to catch some larger fish so we put the
bunker spoons out. It paid off and in no time Michael
was at work reeling in 300ft. of wire line with a 23 1/2
lber. tugging back. The boys managed two more good
size bass that went 21 1/2 lbs. and 18 1/2 lbs. By the
end of the day the total catch tallied 11 bass with 6
throwbacks and released a doz. 8-15 lb. bluefish. The
crew of the Big Boy were really impressed with the
angling skills and dedication of Jonathan and Michael.
Watch out for these two when they get older, me and Rudy
could be out of a job!
OCTOBER 13-NOVEMBER 2, 2005
Sorry I haven't kept
the reports up to date recently... so here is a summed up
report. Recently Rich purchased a 2001 26' Regulator
w/ twin 250 Yamaha's. So Rudy and myself have been
busy rigging the boat out for fishing. Not to say that
we haven't fished on it. Rich, Mike Rose, Johnny "B",
Constantine (Rich's nephew), Rudy, myself, and some other
guests have all been making trips for stripers, sea bass,
and blackfish. Sea bass fishing has been really good,
blackfish are starting to bite, and the stripers have been
difficult at times due to all of the bluefish. There's
tons of bait around and the outlook is very promising for
OCTOBER 8, 2005 CAPTAIN
"D" GOT MARRIED!
SEPTEMBER 28, 2005 WACHOVIA
On Wednesday, we
took out a charter from Wachovia Bank for a blue fin
day-chunking trip. At daybreak we were in the area of
the Bacardi, searching for some scallop boats in sloppy 4-5
ft. seas. The radar showed some boats a few more miles
to the east. As we got closer, there were half a dozen
scallop boats working the area. We fished behind
numerous boats before getting our first tuna, about 85 lbs.
Gave it hell the rest of the day trying everything we knew,
but the fish behind the boats didn't want to cooperate.
Going on the drift in the area, we managed to hook one more,
only to lose it at the boat. After a long day and a
great effort from everyone on board, we called it a day.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2005 RICH,
RUDY'S FRIEND JOSH "MULLET"
Left the dock on
what was supposed to be a half day fluke trip with Rich and
Rudy's friend Josh "Mullet". With the wind blowing
hard out of the northeast, conditions were looking less than
ideal. Had a spot picked out with some rough bottom 18
miles to the north. By the time we got there the wind
and the seas laid down, and the fluke were feeding.
First fish to come over was 6lbs shortly followed by a 9 1/2
lber, both caught by yours truly. Rudy got in the game
and landed a 7 1/2, 6 1/2, and a 6 lber. Rich and Josh
took up the slack with four fish going 5 lbs, two 4 1/2 lbs,
two 3 lbs, and a few 1 1/2 to 2 pound fish. Squid and
spearing combo, live peanuts, and fluke jigs all worked.
Back at the dock around 7pm. This was one of the best
fluke trips I've seen in a really long time.
SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2005 RICH,
CONSTANTINE (THE NEPHEW), DOMINICK, AND JOHNNY "B"
Leaving the inlet
around mid morning "THE BIG BOY" was headed east for the
Tom's canyon. On board we had Rich, Constantine,
Dominick, and Johnny "B". Trolling for an hour didn't
produce anything and with the fleet growing in anticipation
for the chunk bite we dropped the hook. By 9:00pm we
had plenty of squid around the boat and in the livewell.
Didn't get our first bite until around 11:30pm, putting two
fish in the boat and then having to wait until 4:30am when
we got another shot. Going 8 for 12 on yellow fins that
ranged from 40 to 110 pounds then we headed home.
Constantine caught his first Tuna!
AUGUST 21, 2005
RICH AND JOHNNY ARIZONA
unfortunate down time with the boat. She's up and
running again looking to make some trips. Well that's
just what we did taking Rich and his lifelong friend John
out for some sharking. Ran out to the mudhole and set
up on the drift in blue-green 76 degree water. Had to
wait all day before Mr. Mako appeared. He wasted no
time eating a mackerel bait not far from the boat.
John had the shark subdued in 15 minutes. Back at
Hoffman's for a weigh in going 133 pounds. Nice work
JULY 13-18, 2005
DOMINICK & KEITH CHARTER, MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT
After a week and a
half of preparation and maintenance, THE BIG BOY headed
North for Marthas Vineyard Monster Shark Tournament.
Dominick and Keith once again had the boat for charter.
Two days of fishing in pea soup fog yielded no makos or
threshers. We did manage blue sharks on both days, but
none heavy enough for the scales. With close to 250
boats in the tournament, the overall fishing was poor.
Fishing hard and having a good time, we made the best of it.
Rudy and Second Mate, Frankie, did a top notch job.
Also, we want to say thanks to Dominick, Keith, and Rich for
helping out as well. Great job everyone... let's do it
again next year.
On the way home, Rich,
Rudy, Frankie, and I stopped to fluke fish the shoals in
Vineyard Sound. Holy $#*@! what an incredible fishery,
it is unbelievable.
JULY 5, 2005
STEPHANIE SAND & FAMILY FISHING TRIP AND CRUISE TO NYC
Pulling out of the
inlet around 1 o'clock, we quickly ran into the bunker pods.
Trying numerous pods, we finally found some that held fish.
After an exciting battle, a 30 lb. striper was landed.
With sea conditions not being the best, and taking it's toll
on a few passengers, they felt the city would be a better
JULY 4, 2005
RICH, DOMINICK, AND JOHN
Fishing 45 miles
east of Manasquan Inlet, the crew had their own fireworks,
going 2 for 4 on makos. Most of the action came just
before noon releasing an 80 pounder and bringing the gaff to
a 100 pounder. Mackerel and bluefish fillets worked
best in the blue 69 degree water.
JULY 2, 2005
RICH AND FRIENDS
Tried our luck
fishing some deeper water for fluke and it paid off.
Catching seven keepers averaging 2 to 4lbs and only a few
throwbacks the crew was pleased. Fished off Sandy Hook
with all the action on squid and spearing.
JUNE 24-26, 2005
TOM, DOMINICK, AND KEITH PARTY
We had action on all
three days of fishing, both the Mako Mania and the Jersey
Coast Shark Anglers Tournament. We caught and released
5 blue sharks up to about 200lbs. and caught 2 small makos
both going about 100lbs. Bluefish live, dead, and
fillets proved to be the choice of bait for the makos.
Fished the Glory Hole and the Triple Wreck areas.
Overall, we had a wonderful 3 days of fishing and the guys
from the charter were exceptionally great.
JUNE 19, 2005
THE FATHERS DAY TRIP
This father's day
trip was one that won't be forgotten. With Rich's
father, Jack Klein and our mate Rudy Wilson's dad, Rudy, we
were determined to find some bass. Despite the 5ft
seas, and 20 knot northeast winds, we still managed to throw
the cast net and fill the livewell with bunkers. With
good readings on the fish finder, we stopped short of our
final destination. For an hour, the bite was red hot,
putting five bass in the box and losing numerous other large
bass due to rough sea conditions. The fish weighed in
at 23, 30, 31, and 35 POUNDS! Oh yeah... we fished all
JUNE 15, 2005
RICH, MIKE, AND CAPT. JAY
Rich, Mike, and
Captain Jay were on board for a morning bass trip.
After multiple throws with the cast net, we had the livewell
full. We got into bass pretty good near the Rocks
despite the thick fog and heavy chop. With our limit
filled on bass over 34", we released the rest. Fish
ranged from 23lbs to 30lbs. Good luck in Florida Jay!
JUNE 12, 2005
RICH AND JOHN
Fished south of the
Manasquan Inlet chasing pods of bunker. After fishing
a few hours and multiple pods of bait, the bass were nowhere
to be found. Finished the day fluking off Seaside in
60ft of water. Put some keepers in the boat and had
JUNE 10, 2005
RICH AND JOHN
A late afternoon
fluke trip off Belmar in less than ideal conditions, with
the water temperature at 50 degrees. Caught some fluke
- all shorts.
JUNE 9, 2005
RICH, GERARD, AND MARK
Rich, Gerard, and
Mark on an afternoon trip, trolling bunker spoons on
Shrewsbury Rocks. We managed a few bass up to 26lbs,
and numerous bluefish in very cold water.
JUNE 5, 2005
THE CREW WITH JOHNNY B AND CHERYL
With boat traffic
being the worst I've ever seen, it's no wonder the bass were
no where to be found. After trolling for 2 hours with
only 1 hit, we decided to go wreck fishing for sea bass.
We got into the sea bass pretty good, catching over 3 dozen,
and keeping 13 well over 12 inches - and many going 4lbs.
Small pieces of clam worked best.
JUNE 4, 2005
RICH, DOMINICK, AND JOHN
Today we had the
boss, Rich, and two good friends of his, Dominick and John
onboard. Entering the 1 day Hi Mar bass tournament
hosted by Twin Lights Marina in Highlands turned out to be a
good thing. With nasty conditions and no live bait to
be found, we opted to troll bunker spoons for hopes of a
large bass. It paid off with the 2nd of 5 fish tipping
the scales at 34 1/2lbs.. We were happy with 3rd
place. The other highlight of the day was pulling the
hook on a trophy size bass.
MAY 30, 2005
THE CREW WITH TOM AND DOMINICK
with the weekend crowds for live bunker, we managed a net
full. West bank area produced all the action.
With 6 bass landed and numerous lost, the two heaviest went
25 and 30lbs.
MAY 28-29, 2005
THE CREW AND FAMILY
Cast netted live
bunker both Saturday and Sunday. Only to feed the
majority to bluefish. Did manage to get 6 bass on the
live bait up to 20lbs. Trolling spoons produced a few
more bass and numerous bluefish. Fished from Manasquan
Inlet north to the west bank area.
MAY 21-22, 2005
The Crew fished an
ASA tournament over the weekend hosted by Bahr's Landing.
With decent weather over two days of fishing, we managed an
estimated 100 bass landed. Fish ranged from 20 to
30lbs. All taken on live bunker in the Raritan Bay.
MAY 14, 2005
THE CREW WITH MARIA & JOHNNY B
Fished the tip of
Sandy Hook catching 32 Striped Bass with only a few
Bluefish. Bass ranging from 21" to 37". Heaviest
fish 18 pounds clams worked best.
MAY 10, 2005
THE CREW ACCOMPANIED BY DOMINICK, TOMMY, CARMEN & JOHNNY B
Fished Sandy Hook
Bay catching 19 Striped Bass ranging from 22" to 35" with an
occasional Bluefish. Claims provided all the action.