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10/20/14 We are now back on our regular fall schedule fishing every day at 7:00 AM for seabass and blackfish. The seabass fishing has been GOOD inshore and the blackfish are also cooperating for the guys who spend a little time using crabs. See you in the morning.
10/18/14

It felt great to finally be able to keep lots of the same seabass we have been forced to throw back for the past several weeks! We were happy with the fishing we had today on a very nice fall day. Everyone had mainly seabass with catches ranging up to limits and near limits of nice sized fish. A few keeper blackfish and triggerfish spiced the catch. Everyone went home with a nice bag of filets. Tom Hollywood, Staten Island, NY, took the pool with a big seabass.

10/16/14

We will be sailing this weekend by 7:00 AM--OR EARLIER-- for the opening of the seabass season. It will be great to finally be able to keep some of these great tasting fish!! Most of the guys trying for blackfish recently have had no problem taking home their tog limits as well. We will have clams and green crabs onboard. See you in the morning!!

10/13/14

Fishing this weekend consisted of a mix of nice porgies, lots of seabass that had to be thrown back and some short and keeper blackfish up to 5 pounds. We tried a different area today and were pleased to see a lot more keeper blackfish with everyone keeping their one legal tog to go along with their porgies. Bart Major, Howell, NJ, took today's pool with a 6 pound tog.

The weather for the rest of the week does not look good so unless something changes as the week goes along our next trip will be SATURDAY morning by 7:00 AM--OR EARLIER--for the opening day of the seabass season. As always we will have clams and green crabs onboard.

10/09/14 The gale winds lately have been playing havoc with our fishing schedule. The days we have been able to sail have found a mix of porgies and some keeper blackfish for the guys trying green crabs. We have also had to throw back loads of nice seabass which, as I stated previously, is a shame!! Weather looks good for the next several days and we will be sailing tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. We will spend time looking for blackfish! See you in the morning.
09/28/14 After slow fishing yesterday it was nice to get in our first bottom fish trip of the season today. We fished a couple of different areas on the day and the guys were able to put together a catch of nice sized porgies although the guys had to pick through, and release, lots of keepers seabass in order to do it. WHAT A SHAME!! Kevin Harding, Pearl River, NY, took the pool with a nice porgy.
09/27/14

Well the easterly wind the past couple of days put the nail in the fluke coffin today!! We fished a number of different areas and were only able to manage a couple of keepers and a handful of shorts for a nice group of regulars on a gorgeous day. Mike Scher, Cranford, took our final pool of the fluke season.

The 2014 fluke season is now closed. 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the best seasons for big fish in memory! We have not seen as many BIG FLUKE caught in one season in the Raritan Bay area in our 40 years in business!! Our SIX DOORMATS were our most in a season and twice as many as any other area party or head boat!! Our 14 POUND 9 OUNCE MEGA-MAT was an EB II record and was also untouchable!!!! The sheer numbers and size of our gallery fish are seasonal standards that may, or may not, be beaten for a looong time!!! We will be trying our hardest in 2015, however!!!!! Thanks to all of our hard working EBII fishers for getting it done. It would not have been possible without you all!! We would like to thank all of our flukers for making 2014 such a productive and memorable season. A special shout out also goes to you guys who fish exclusively for fluke and who hang up your rods now that the fluke season has come to a close. We hope you all stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you again next season!!!

09/23/14 Started off our day where we had some big fish on Sunday. With no wind it took a while for the current to start moving and when it finally did we only saw a handful of fish. Left the area looking for better action and found it closer to home. The guys were able to pick away at the shorts on every drift the rest of the day but there were not enough keepers mixed in to make us happy on a beautiful day. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, took the pool.
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09/22/14 The strong northwest wind severely hampered where we could fish today! We were able to get out to where we had some very nice fish yesterday first thing this morning for the change of tide. We were able to pick away at a mix of shorts and keepers on one long drift of over an hour before the current got way too fast and we had to leave the area. Ended up down our beach for the rest of the day bouncing around from spot to spot. We had some short action but only a few more keepers to finish the day. Sam Ingallinesi, Pompton Lakes, NJ, took the pool with a four pound fish. Take advantage of the nice weather forecast for tomorrow.
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09/21/14

NICE FISH TODAY!!!! Yesterday we had to deal with a STRONG south wind which severly limited where we could fish. We fished with the rest of the fleet and had a very slow day with only a handful of keepers and some shorts for the guys to show for their efforts. Tom Hollywood Sr., Staten Island, NY, and John Porada, Pompton Lakes, NJ, tied for the pool. Today we had no wind so we tried a totally different area and were very happy with the fishing we found! The guys had a bunch of NICE fish with several being between 5 and 7 1/2 pounds!! Current was not a problem and we got in several drifts before the bite finally died. John Gadomski, Staten Island, NY, had several keepers including a 5 pound 4 ounce fish. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, ended up with a couple of keepers up to his 5 pound 10 ounce fish. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, had a 5 pound 10 ounce fish for his largest of the day. Dustin Blanchard, Springfield, NJ, was happy with his 6 pound 6 ounce fish. Bill Boyko, Lake Shawnee, NJ, had four keepers which included the 7 pound 5 ounce pool winning beauty. There are still plenty of NICE fish around if the conditions are fishable in certain areas and if you are willing to work for them!!! The last day of the 2014 fluke season is Saturday, September 27, so get your shots in before the season closes!
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09/18/14

The weather and drifting conditions were both good but the fish did not bite for us like they did yesterday. We fished with the rest of the fleet all day and had some fish but certainly not enough to make us happy. The ocean shoals were combing white from the swell that was NOT present yesterday so that did not help the fishing today. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 2 ounce fish.
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09/17/14

There are still plenty of fluke around for the guys who work at it. We had our best fishing this morning on the outgoing tide and the change but we also picked at keepers the rest of the day on the incoming as well. The guys using LARGE gulps today had an advantage over the fellas using the natural baits or spros.. Jack Decker, Blairstown, NJ, worked hard all day, as usual, and wound up with his limit up to four pounds. Ralph De Bruin, Oakland, NJ, had a couple of nice keepers including the 6 pound 5 ounce pool fish.
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09/15/14 Great weather with a nice group of mostly Monday fluke regulars aboard today. Fished several different areas on the day and found life pretty much everywhere we stopped both deeper and shallower. A couple of areas had mainly shorts while a couple of others had more QUALITY keepers than shorts. There are still plenty of BIG fish around for the guys who are willing to put in the effort and work the spros, gulps or natural baits like they are supposed to be worked. Jermaine Lloyd, Bound Brook, NJ, ended up with a 6 pound 4 ounce fish as part of his catch. Ty Brinskele, Montvale, NJ, had a 7 pound 3 ounce beauty as part of his catch but was beaten out for the pool by Emil Acito, Bogota, who had a slightly larger 7 pound 6 ounce beauty of his own! Only 12 days left before the 2014 fluke season comes to a close so take advantage of it!!!
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09/13/14

What was SUPPOSED to be a workable15-20 kts from the east was a constant east at 30+ kts with gusts all day long making the area we have been working the past couple of days totally unfishable!!! We did some searching--unlike most of the other boats--and took our lumps in a couple of areas but found mainly shorts with a handful of keepers for the day. At least we tried!! John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ took the pool with a 6 pound 4 ounce fish! Weather sounds better for tomorrow so hopefully we can get back to where we were fishing the past couple of days.
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09/12/14

The strong northerly wind this morning kept us from the deeper water for the first part of the day and as a result we had tough fishing early on with mostly shorts. Once the wind died and the current changed we were able to spend the rest of the day where we wanted and had pretty decent fishing with a mix of shorts and quality keepers until it was time to come home. Ron Becker, Springfield, NJ, led the way with a very nice 7 pound 9 ounce pool fish!
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09/11/14 It felt good to get back to fishing after getting blown out the past several days. The ocean still had some swell today along with dirty water but we were still able to find some shorts and keepers in a number of different areas that we fished. A strong current and southerly wind kept us in shallower water much of the day. Not great fishing for sure but enough action to show us that the fish are still around when the conditions improve. The keepers were all nice quality fish. Craig Betron, Wayne, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 4 ounce fish.
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09/07/14 We started our day in the same area that has been giving us good fishing recently hoping to get in a couple of drifts before the current started to run hard. Unfortunately, with the wind and current together the drift was already FAST when we got there. We managed some nice fish in a short time before the current got completely out of hand at 2.4 kts. We were forced to leave the area. Bounced around a number of areas with slower current for the rest of the day. We found shorts everywhere that we stopped but not enough of the larger fish that we have been seeing recently to make us happy for the day. Jim Page, Interlaken, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 14 ounce fish.
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09/06/14

The best of our fishing today was the first couple of hours this morning. Found plenty of action along with nice keepers on several drifts. The current finally started ripping to the point that even the heavy rods and sinkers could no longer hold bottom so we had to vacate the area. Bounced around in shallower water where we had a few nice fish and plenty of short action every place that we stopped. Finished the day back where we started after the current slowed and had a few more keepers to add to the coolers on the final drift of the day. It was a respectable day over all, just not the same fishing that we had yesterday. Brad Weaver, Bound Brook, NJ, topped his catch with a 5 pound 5 ounce fish. Tom Gerling, Bloomfield, NJ, topped his catch with his 6 pound 7 ounce pool winner.
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09/05/14

8.5 pound pool winner!! No wind, nice drift and good fishing for the fellas today. Back to where we have been fishing lately and had plenty of action with shorts and nice sized keepers. The action held up for most of the day except when we lost the drift with the slack tide. Large gulps, spros and natural baits all put keepers in the coolers today. Most of the guys ended up with multiple keepers and Albert Galdi, Somerset, NJ, having four keepers. Don Jaeger, Morris Plains, NJ, had three keepers to 5 pounds 5 ounces. Carmine Rutledge, Newark, NJ, had several keepers up to 5 pounds 3 ounces. Jack Decker, Blairstown, NJ, had a 6 pound 3 ounce fish. John Porada, Pompton Lakes, NJ, had three keepers including the 8 pound 5 ounce pool winner!! There are still lots of fish around so take advantage.
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09/04/14 Another beautiful day to be fishing. This morning saw plenty of short action in the shallower waters with a handful of keepers mixed in. When the current finally got manageable we had very good fishing for the rest of the day with lots of short action with plenty of keepers to go along with them. Current was not a problem today and the guys were able to get away with some lighter tackle until the very end of the day. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, had an easy limit. Ed Broska, Hackettstown, NJ, had a couple of keepers including the pool fish. Just about everyone went home with fish today. Light wind again tomorrow should give us a good drift where we fished today.
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09/03/14 We fished the same areas as yesterday looking for a repeat of the fine fishing that we had. The guys had good short action almost all day and had keepers to go around but keeper ratio was not what we saw yesterday. A few of the guys ended up with three keepers each etc. but they had to work hard for the fish that went into the coolers. Tom Hollywood, Staten Island, NY had three keepers including the pool fish. We cannot ask for a better string of gorgeous days that we have had recently so take advantage of them!!
09/02/14 Very good fishing today. Slow pick early this morning with no drift but once the current got going the fish turned on with lots of keepers to go along with loads of 17"-17 1/2" fish. A number of the guys ended up with easy limits including Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ and Jim Lohse, Union, NJ. Others were just shy of their own limits as well. Dominick, Mike Terefenko, Middletown, NJ, and Joe Nicholson, Garwood, NJ, all tied for the pool with identical fish.
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09/01/14

We had a nice group of our regulars come down on what is usually a slow day for the fishing boats. Started the day on the mussel beds and had loads of action with a few keepers mixed in. Eventually moved on looking for the bigger boys that have kept us busy this past week. Fished the channels the rest of the day where we again found good short action mixed with keepers. It was not the keeper ratio we have had recently but we still had some guys that ended with three and four keepers each. I guess that we are just spoiled. Al Moretti, High Bridge, NJ, had three keepers including the 6 pound 1 ounce pool fish. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, ended up with several keepers as well including his 5 pound 9 ounce fish.
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08/31/14

8.9 POUND POOL WINNER!! The string of good fishing that we have had in the ocean for the past week continued today. Fished two areas and had loads of action to go along with the keepers. Very little wind gave us good drifting conditions for much of the day. Young Lee, Palisades Park, NJ, took the pool with an 8 pound 9 ounce BEAUTY which beat out Ronnie Neira, Old Bridge, NJ, who had a very nice 7 pound 8 ounce fish of his own! Spros, gulps and natural baits have all been putting lots of nice fish in the coolers lately. Take advantage of the fishing NOW!!
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08/30/14

We were looking for back to back doormats but, unfortunately, it was not in the cards for us today! We fished the same general area that has been producing very well the past week and were happy with the fishing once again. Wind and current together made for a quicker drift than we have had all week but still very fishable. The heavier rods came in handy today and the guys who had them did well with lots of short action and a bunch of keepers to take home. The guys using the light fresh water rods did NOT do as well!! I can only make suggestions! Tom Hollywood, Sr., Staten Island, NY, recovered nicely from yesterday's good-natured ribbing and had an early limit today. Mike Scher, Cranford, NJ, had four nice keepers which included the 6 pound 5 ounce pool fish. John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, had four keepers up to 5 pounds 5 ounces. Rider Heckman, Whitehall, PA., age 7, caught a very nice 5 pound 3 ounce fish which is the largest of his young fishing career!! These fish will not be around forever so get your shots at them while the getting is good.
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08/29/14

11.3 POUND DOORMAT CAUGHT TODAY!!
THAT IS DOORMAT NUMBER SIX--YES (6)
--FOR THE SEASON!!!!

It was another gorgeous day to be on the water with a great group of EB II regulars! We went right back to where we have been fishing all week and had very good fishing once again with tons of action and a bunch of NICE fish to go around. Very good drift all day with a light current made for easy and fun fishing with great results to show for it!! Our SIXTH DOORMAT of the season weighed in at 11 POUNDS 3 OUNCES and was caught by Tom Hollywood, Jr., Staten Island, NY, using a plain hook with a large gulp--nothing fancy needed today!! CONGRATULATIONS TOM!!! There were a bunch of other nice fish today as well. Jim Page, Interlaken, NJ, had four keepers up to 5 pounds 9 ounces. Dylan Myers, New Egypt, NJ, had fish up to 6 pounds 5 ounces. John Van Prooian, Rockaway, NJ, had four keepers with the two largest being 5 pounds 7 ounces and 5 pounds 13 ounces. Carmine Rutledge, Newark, NJ, had four keepers up to 5 pounds 9 ounces. Jim Florio, Belleville, NJ, had several fish up to 5 pounds 7 ounces. Very good fishing all week and more great weather on tap for the weekend.
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08/28/14

With the wind today we thought that we would have a problem where we have been fishing. Got to the grounds and the drift was PERFECT!! The guys had fish on as soon as we stopped the boat and the bite continued all day with tons of action and plenty of quality keepers to go around. We finished the day with several guys having their limits and several others just missing their own limits. Everyone went home with fish today! Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, easily had his limit which included the 7 pound pool fish. Several other fish in the four to five pound class were included as well. Gulps, spros and natural baits all produced today! Take advantage of the hot bite NOW!! The great weather continues.
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