Today was my first real fishing trip. What a great day! I caught just about everything that you can catch in the Fire Island Inlet area.
Flounder, Fluke, Bluefish, Striped bass and blowfish. The only thing missing was a weakfish.
Fishing is really great. It is time to get out there!
Started in the morning and found bass and blues feeding on spearing schools. I purchased two new low profile bait casting outfits from Trophy Tackle. They are a Okuma Cedros Coastal 701 MH topped off with Shimano Caenan bait caster reels and Jerry Brown 20 lb. yellow hi-vis braided line. The first fish on the outfit was a keeper bass of 33 inches and the action on the new outfits was outstanding. That action was followed by about another 10 bass with one more keeper which was released as were all my other bass. I boated about 15 bluefish and kept a few for the dinner plate. I love small blues cooked baked over a bed of onions with mayonaise and Parmesan cheese topping.
I then tried fluke fishing by jigging bucktails and caught two fish about 18 inches each. No keepers but had some action.
Flounder was next on my hit list. I worked a few spots near the inlet and had a blast culling through a dozen flounder and keeping two at about 2 pounds each.
An excellent day of fishing and tons of fun but the best part was the by catch of blowfish. You can see in the photo a bucket of chicken of the sea. Had 14 of the little critters which are about the best tasting fish in the bay. My frying pan is ready and I will be cooking a heaping platter for my family on Mother's Day.
Captain Al Lorenzetti