Captains Log June 05′

Friday May 27 was our last day of catching the Trophy Rockfish trolling. On that day, we easily caught our limit or trophies on both our AM and PM trips. The very next day, we caught plenty of fish trolling, but nothing over 28″ and the story was the same for most other boats. So, for our afternoon trip on Saturday, May 28, we switched gears and broke out our light tackle rods and started chumming. It was a great move, we had great light tackle action with plenty of rockfish from 18″ to 28″. That night, we bottom fished for croaker for the first time of the year and had a good catch with close to 100 croaker from 11″ to 18″, one 14″ sea trout, and 1 12″ bluefish. Every trip since that first day of light tackle fishing has been excellent, with plenty of keeper rockfish in the chum slick and great croaker fishing every evening. We even caught our first keeper flounder of the season on 6/1/05. It was a 24″ slab. It looks like this summer will have plenty of great light tackle fishing for us in the months ahead.