Sunday, May 19, 2019

Atlantic Highlands Fishing Reports

Started out the morning in the fog searching for life. Found the gannets with readings of Bait & fish, they didn't want to bite in that area though.

Found another shot of life at the change with fish rolling on top, we hit it and managed 3 nice fish. From there we worked all the area's we caught yesterday to only come up with lots of bait & bass that didn't want to eat! Caught one more short towards the end of the day.  Covered lots of miles once again trying to get it done, just the way it goes and who knows that better than me!!

On a Sad note, we lost another awesome Man & customer this week. We got a text this morning from Chef Dan telling us Billy Yurkovitch "Shop Right Bill" had passed. Not a good way to start the day I must say.

Bill was an awesome Fluke fishermen always fishing in the bow for all the years I've known him. He did like Bass fishing but it was the Fluke that always put a smile on his face. I never, ever heard him complain about anything while fishing. He always knew the deal and was just happy to be on a boat. He also loved to take his wife down to the Inlet Café in Highlands when the summer months were here.

I will miss you Bill, as a customer but more as a friend. Glad you were a part of my life...….Until we fish again my Friend.

Capt. Ron

Another good bite on some beautiful Striped bass today!

Had fish all up on top for the first two drifts this morning. I love to watch the top water plugs as the fish just crash them!! Shads worked and the jigs & crocs did better after the fish settled down.

Big John fishing in the stern lead the way with 14 beautiful Bass. All fish so far this season have been very clean, healthy specimens. A good fat content in the meat when they are filleted shows me there is no lack of food for them and they have been eating good.

Anthony "Barka" Rullo from Hoboken, had several great release fish and took the pool with a very nice 25 pound Bass. A couple lulls here and there but all in all I'd call it an all day bite in a couple of area's.

Once again, I can't tell you enough about what you should have in your tackle box....Nine inch Shad White or Green, Couple jigs 47's, 67's and a jig with tail, TOP WATER PLUG if you have a good spinning set up and the fish are up, it's a must!!! A good snag if we fish in the Bunker, just a couple bottom rig set ups in case we fish with the bait.

I Can't believe how many guys who bass fish don't come prepared. Remember, Don't wait for the Report, Be the report!! If you wait for the perfect Sunny, no wind kind of day chances are the bite will be over and we will catch crap.

Back at it tomorrow......

Capt. Ron

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