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Went out on the Morning Star yesterday.
The weather was good for mid November,
It started out a little slow. Capt Monty
made three drops, the first two were
full of undersize fish, with the exception
of the pool winner (4.5 pounds) which
I was fortunate enough to catch at the
second drop on my favorite jig. The third
drop was incredible! Almost every seabass
was going around 2+ pounds and my first
two drops were double headers. Caught
just under my limit of 50 (wife was there,
and she of course caught more fish than
I did) But I did manage to bring up the
biggest, saving my pride. smile. No
big bluefish today and they were real
picky on jigs, big chunks of squid were
the ticket. A lot of people were just
using the smaller size squid parts and
were getting killed by undersize seabass
all day.
 

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Nice! It is always a good day when you win the fish pool!! Nice report!
 

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Nice report. I am really surprised that the blues weren't there. In the past, I have never gone out with Capt Monty and not caught a blue in Oct or Nov. Did monty pull out his "I'm not gonna use any bait and catch a limit of seabass using just plain hooks" trick?
 

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Anthony,

It was far from an all out bite at the first two drops.
In fact he had the mates take off the size 13 circle
hooks, and go back to the regular size due to the
lack of keepers coming over the rails. By the time
that we got to the last drop it was about 1pm and the
weather was getting a little choppy. We got to the last
drop with about 6 fish between the two of us! That
should tell you how slow the pick had been until
that last drop. We left the last drop at about 2:20 pm
with close to our limit. (That's how good the last
drop was!) One interesting things was that two huge
flounder were also caught at the last wreck. I think they
must have ran 6+ pounds. My wife caught a big shark
that we kept, because I have never tried shark before
and have heard that it is good eating. My next fishing
trip is next Tuesday on the Grizzly for tog. I will post
a good report for you guys.
 

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Those sharks aren't too bad, just gut right away and they should be fine. Taking off the skin, that's the tough part. I'm surprised those flounder weren't counted in the pool.
 

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After all the huge bluefish being caught and
who knows what else, Capt Monty has gone
to a strickly seabass only pool. On his pre
trip safety speech he will say that only seabass
count towards the pool.
 

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Greetings Talapia!

A lot of NJ boats are adopting that rule, too! Its to discourage folk like me -- I get tired of the sea bass, and sart tossing mackeral chunks for big blues. Other people target tog or triggerfish, both of which tend to outweigh the sea bass. Capt Monty is wise to tell the customers up front -- pools can bring out the worst in some people (especially when alcohol is involved!)
 
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