|Details:||Met 'The Shark' at Galilee boat ramp at 6:00 AM launch was buzzing with activity and was very lucky to find a spot to park the trailer.
This was an exploratory trips of sorts since I have never launched, navigated or fished in this areas waters before.
We headed out and as we maneuvered through the channel to open water on the west passage of the break walls Mark informs me he forgot the spearing in the freezer.
We can deal with that problem when the time comes, I had a half a pack from the last outing.
As we started to work our way east I notice a group of boats working a particular area off one of the break walls in about 50 feet of water, the 50 foot mark has been working for me for the most part lately.
So we rigged up and used a squid and spearing sandwich in hopes of catching the toothy critters Fluke.
We made several drift and would say gave it about an hour and a half and just could not get any hook ups other than sea robbins and skates.
I decided we should head more east after reading Big O's earlier post.
As we motored Mark says we will be going by his families cottage and maybe we could swing into an area of beach and have his wife deliver the spearing, this particular area is not really a beach as most think of a beach, it is a small opening that is not completely rocks like the area that surrounds it ....so I carefully work my way in towards shore, noting the large boulders on the FF. I figure with the 2-3 foot waves breaking the area landing the boat was not an option, I suggested to Mark take a Bunker snagging hook, tie it on and cast it to the clearing, we were about 40-50 yards out then his wife could then just hook the bag of spearring on and retrieve it...Wha..Laaa
worked like a charm.
OK so now that little adventure was behind us off we go once again in search of an area that might hold some fluke. We ended up outside of Jamestown, could see the Newport bridge quite clearly, we found another bunch of boats which appeared to be fluke fishing and gave it a go.
Again fishing was very slow, but after one move to start our drift again I get a whack and a nice 13' black sea bass comes over the side, I was hoping that would continue, if we couldn't find the fluke, sea bass would do...but that wasn't happening either.
After a couple hours of that...I said to Mark let's head back to where we started in the first place and maybe try going a little further west even outside Charlestown breachway, he agreed and of we went.
Wasn't very long on our trip back and I noticed a large flock of birds working, had to go check it out, saw fish breaking everywhere.
We both rig up with some plugs and toss into the mayhem, bamm...we are both on, after we both had a good battle over the side come the bluefish. We had a ball with these fish for about 30-45 minutes caught maybe 8 or so and said lets leave these crazy bluefish and go catch our targeted species the Fluke.
We were passing the area where we originally fished earlier and saw a good number of boats working the area again, so had to give it a shot again.
Sure enough, with the tide change and a breeze blowing now that seemed to be ticket, we had fish on every drift, many shorts in the 18-19 inch range, but I was getting lucky and ended up boating 4 keepers with the largest at 24"
Mark was struggling a bit but came on late with 2 back to back 24 inchers.
All and all a beautiful day on the water and is always exciting to explore new waters, we pulled out at about 6PM, that's a full day ;)