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We had another nice day and fished the same areas as yesterday. The fishing, however, was slower today that what we found yesterday. Our best fishing was early this morning. Once the tide changed the bite dropped off for us. The southerly swell that greeted us this morning probably did not help matters. We tried a number of spots but found the same slow pick everywhere we went. The other boats we spoke to had the same bite. Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, took the pool and "Palisades" Kenny led the way with five keepers.

11/22/14 It was a perfect weather day for the end of November. The blackfish cooperated for us which was nice as well. Catches ranged up to limits with more keepers than shorts and everyone ending up with fish. John "Gadget" Hempel, Paramus, NJ, had his limit and also took the pool with a 6 pound fish. White crabs and green crabs both produced their share of keepers today. Looks like another great forecast tomorrow with temperatures into the 50's so TAKE ADVANTAGE of it since as of right now Monday DOES NOT look good. We will let you know about Monday tomorrow evening. See you in the morning. (Click here to see pictures.)
11/21/14 Gale winds with freezing temperatures have kept the area boats at the dock this week. We FINALLY have a break in the weather with lighter winds and warmer temperatures with both days this weekend looking GREAT!! We already know of guys coming down both days so come join them and take home some nice blackfish for dinner! See you in the morning!!

It was nice to see a bunch of our blackfish regulars come out on opening day! The fishing was just a slow pick everywhere we went today and not what we have been finding lately. It seemed like the same guys were getting most of the bites on each stop. Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, took the pool and led the way with five keepers. A few of the guys had three or four keepers each while some struggled. Green crabs took most of the fish with the white leggers and asian crabs not getting much attention today.
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11/15/14 The weather sounds great for the opening day of the NJ blackfish season tomorrow. We will be fishing inshore looking to put some quality togs in the coolers for you guys! The bag limit is the same as recent years with a 6 fish limit at a minimum of 15 inches. It will be great to finally be able to keep lots of the nice blackfish that we have been forced to throw back all fall while watching the NY fleet keep them--in NJ waters!!
11/11/14 Who could complain about three great weather days in a row this time of year? Headed back to where we have been fishing and found decent fishing for the guys and gals. Some did better with the blackfish than others which is always the case but everyone went home with their tog limits. Most of the fish today were legal sized with few shorts in the mix. Katie Elichko, Sayreville, NJ, was happy taking today's pool with her very first tog on her first fishing trip. Yet another warm day with light wind on tap for tomorrow so take advantage of it!!
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Another nice day on the water with mainly regulars looking to have some action with blackfish. Our best fishing today was the first couple of hours this morning before the current changed. It was not the fishing we had yesterday with the fish not biting as aggressively but the guys were still able to pick at the tog. Frank Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, led the way with eleven legal sized fish while only keeping his limit. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, took the pool. Very slow porgy and seabass bite again for the boats that tried so we will be putting our effort this week into finding some quality blackfish for you guys to take home. Today was our third trip in a row that we caught at least one fluke so the water temperature is still pretty warm.
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The weatherman hit the forecast right on the head today. A westerly breeze and a beautiful ocean. Started our day inshore blackfishing with some of our regulars and everyone was very happy with that choice!! The tog bit all day on one drop with everyone taking their limit home and playing catch and release with lots of 5-6 pound fish!! The porgies and seabass did not bite well today offshore so we stayed where we were and let the fellas get tuned up for next Sunday's regular tog season opener. Same plan for tomorrow starting out for blackfish. If the porgies/seabass fishing is not good then we will tog fish all day!! Green crabs and clams onboard. Tom Hollywood Sr., Staten Island, NY, took today's pool with a very nice 10 pound fish.
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No boats sailed today with the strong wind forecast. The winds will, however, diminish tonight making for a very nice fall weekend on the water. A lot of our regulars have already caught their fill of porgies and seabass this fall and have asked about blackfish. As such, we WILL put in time both days this weekend targeting tog on some of our fall spots before potentially moving on for something else later each day. There should not be a problem catching your tog limit and then having some C&R fun for those of you who have tog fever!! As always we will have both crabs and clams onboard.


It was another very nice day to be on the ocean with only a light breeze and a small swell. We bounced from piece to piece and the guys had okay fishing on each spot with mostly porgies and seabass for the day. We also had our first codfish of the fall season. Jack Decker, Blairstown, NJ, took the pool with a seabass

11/04/14 The ocean was very nice today after the last several days of strong winds. Today saw a good mix of porgies and seabass with some guys taking home their blackfish limits as well. Tomorrow's (Wednesday) weather looks the best of the next three so take advantage of it!! See you in the morning.
11/03/14 Today's NW wind settled the ocean nicely. Good weather on tap for tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday so we will be sailing both days for porgies, blackfish and seabass at the usual 7:00 AM. Take advantage of the good weather window!!

We were the only area bottom fish boat to sail today which was surprising with such a favorable forecast! Being able to fish in short sleeves with no wind at the end of October is what it is all about. Fished a little different area than yesterday and we were very happy with the results. It was one stop shopping for the guys as we were able to sit on a single spot all day and the guys caught fish from start to finish. The catch consisted of mainly porgies with some nice seabass to spice the catches. There were a couple of triggerfish but no blackfish today. Everyone went home with big bags of fillets! Tom Cavezza, East Hanover, NJ, took the pool with a nice seabass. Light winds again tomorrow and Friday so take advantage of the good weather!! The weekend may not be fishable.
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With the temp near 70 degrees we could not ask for a nicer day to be fishing at the end of October. We had slower fishing today than we have had our last few trips but not for lack of trying! Hit a number of spots both shallow and deep and could only manage to pick at mainly seabass everywhere that we tried despite having the machines lit up with life on all of the pieces. There were a couple of triggerfish and porgies to spice the catch. Bill Gugliatta, Guttenberg, NJ, took the pool with a seabass. We had our first showing of some spiny dogfish as well meaning the inshore water temperature is starting to drop. We will be back at it tomorrow. See you in the morning. (Click here to see pictures.)


The wind that we had yesterday did not ease up today until late morning although it was very fishable. The wind finally layed down midday making for a very nice fall day on the bottom fish grounds. We fished a number of spots today and found mostly seabass and blackfish with only a handful of porgies. Red Zisa, Totowa, NJ, took the pool with a blackfish.
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It was nice to get back on the water after the weather and wind the past few days. Our catch today consisted of mostly seabass with a couple of blackfish, blowfish and a number of fluke which were thrown back. We had to bounce around a lot making a bunch of stops for the nice group of fishermen aboard today. There were more shorts mixed in the catch than we had been seeing before the weather a couple of days ago. High hook ended up with around a dozen keeper seabass and on down from there. Ken Smith, Newark, NJ, took the pool with a nice seabass. West wind will not be a problem for tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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10/24/14 The weather the past couple of days has kept everyone tied to the docks with the ocean being sporty to say the least. WE let today's (Friday) NW wind settle the ocean and will resume sailing DAILY AT 7:00 AM TOMORROW looking to get right back into the good seabass and blackfish fishing we had prior to this weather.
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.

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.


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!!


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.

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!!!


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