May 23rd, 2013
We had some big, 20 to 30lb striped bass yesterday, all taken on live bunkers baits that we snagged for our customers. Didn't see any blues this time. Starting tomorrow night, we will switch our big striped bass trips to twilight time, 7:30 PM till 12:30. It's a great time to hook up on jumbo bass: just as the sun goes down and the first few hours into dark. We will make these trips on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights.
Our first fluke trips of the season will start this Saturday. Looks like some rain in the morning but should be okay. The wind is calling 20 to 25knots but it's an onshore breeze and it should be fine fishing in close to the beach. Sunday and Memorial day should be decent fishing weather.
May 20th, 2013
Very slow fishing on Saturday but Sunday showed a good sign of improvement on big bass.
Caught a decent amount of good-eating-size blues on Friday. Saturday was slower. But big bass 20+ lbs were caught on the Gambler using spoons and snagged bunkers. So it looks like the pendulum should now swing back the other way and the bite should only continue to get better.
Starting Memorial Day Saturday, the Gambler will switch over to 1/2 fluke and sea bass but we will continue to fish for big striped bass on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
May 12th, 2013
Tough fishing the last couple trips. The stripers have done their disappearing act. Saw and caught a good amount of bunker on the surface this morning and used them for bait. Others cast croc spoons and Ava jigs. But I saw very little on the fish finder and we didn't catch anything until we anchored and pitched clam baits. Caught a couple keepers and a few shorts and a few small blues. Looked hard on our way home and made a couple stops but didn't catch any more. But, we know how striped bass are --it could be a frenzy tomorrow-- just can't tell. One thing I do know is that they will turn on again, sooner or later.
May 6th, 2013
Striper fishing was slower for us the last couple days. The big bass are still there, just more scattered and finicky.
We are ready for jigging or clamming --whatever we need to do to put fish in the boat.
May 2nd, 2013
Very good action on big stripers today.
Slow to start, saw fish on the machine like yesterday. But around 10:30 they seemed to get hungry and we held one or two and up to 4 fish on for over an hour.
Swimming shads and crocs spoons seemed to work best.
Very little bird action.
The bass had big bunkers in their bellies. I believe that everyone caught their limit today. Great day on the water.
MAY 1ST, 2013
Ran to the North again today and found bass readings around the rocks. We hooked up quickly and landed two big stripers on Croc spoons. For the rest of the morning, we read plenty of fish on the fish-finder but did not catch as well as we saw them. Around noon we anchored up on the clam beds and caught a few more keepers and some short fish on clam chunks. On the way home I could not resist giving the jigging grounds another shot and we caught a few more. It was not bad fishing for a small crowd but the fish were definitely finicky --you had to work for them. Today was the first day that we found bunker in the bass's stomachs.
Nice weather forecast for the next couple days.
Don't forget --we will not be striper fishing this Saturday, the 4th.
APRIL 30TH, 2013
Good fishing this weekend. Caught stripers on both clams and while jigging. Mixed fish, anywhere from short 20inch to 15lbers.
The weather looks good for this week.
This Saturday, May 4th, is the only day we will not be striped bass fishing. The Gambler is going offshore for golden tilefish that day, weather permitting.
APRIL 6, 2013
Ran to the south, looking for striped bass today but saw very little on the finder and the ocean temp is still too cool. Tried several drifts working down to Seaside --no bites. Anchored-up in tight to the beach and chummed/baited with clams but nothing happened. Made radio contact with boats south and north of us but their findings were the same. The past couple years we were catching good by this time but this spring has been cooler.
By 11AM, I headed the Gambler off to a couple of wrecks, anchored up and dropped clam and crab baits down. Caught some keeper cod and short taugs. There has been a few big ling on these drops too. Kind of slow but I liked the sign of blackfish that we saw.
So this is the daily plan: Start out the mornings in search for stripers, ready to jig or clam. If the writing is on the wall (no stripers to be found) we will head off for taug, cod, ling. We will have clams and crabs on board for bait. This will be our plan B. If we catch any keeper bass, we will stick to plan-A. Weather permitting, we plan to fish every day.
Still room on our golden tilefish trip leaving this Friday morning. The crew and I can't wait for that trip! If you can get away for this Friday's tilefish trip call 732-295-7569 and save a spot.
APRIL 2, 2013
The Gambler, crew and a few passengers went striper hunting this weekend but the water was just too cool and we had no striper bites. We tried jigging and clamming in a number of different areas but there was very little life inshore. Later in the day on Saturday, we anchored up on a wreck with clam baits and caught a few ling and a couple cod. I believe that all we need is a few more 60+ degree days and things will turn around. In the mean time, we will be shaping-up everyday to go in search and we will have a back-up plan if the bass don't bite.
Also, the Gambler is scheduled for two offshore golden tilefish trips, leaving Friday morning, April 12th at 1AM and returning Friday afternoon by 8PM and Saturday morning May 4th, leaving at 1AM and returning Saturday afternoon by 8PM. We run a couple of these tilefish trips every spring and the trips have produced well --with high hooks usually around 12 fish and sizes between 5 and 30lbs. It is a good, different, exciting trip. The tilefish trip is limited to 25 passengers or less and costs $275.00. Reservation is required. Call 732-295-7569 to save a spot.
March 10, 2013
The Gambler is not fishing right now but we are gearing-up, getting ready for the fishing season. The plan is to begin fishing for striped bass, starting Fri, March 29th.
This weekend, Starting Friday the 15th, I will be captaining a booth at the Somerset Saltwater Fishing Expo. At the expo, we will have the dates for special trips and info on our regular season trips.
I recently wrote an article for Big Game Fishing Journal on our 48 hour canyon tuna trips and I will have copies of that magazine with us.
It's a very good show and always a good way to catch up with old friends and new. Try to make it there if you can.
The weather has pretty much put an end to our winter fishing season. The Gambler will not be fishing for the month of February We will start back up probably by the last weekend in March for Striped bass (and very much looking forward to that).
Come and see us at the Somerset Saltwater Fishing Expo, March 15, 16 and 17. We will have a booth there. Be the first to see our canyon schedule and tilefish trips schedule.
Ran off about 40 miles to start this morning.
Settled on a wreck in 140ft. Slow fishing, just a handful of sea bass and a few
Next Spot was better with a few keeper cod, a pollock, a few sea
bass and a few ling.
Last wreck was best, steady action on mixed sized
ling along with a few cod.
Running these 7 to 5
trips every day except for Fridays thru January.
Tough day of striper fishing --saved at the end.
Looked way to the North checking as we went. Saw very little bird life or readings on the machine. Looked like a good shot on the fish finder at the rocks but caught only three mini bass out of it.
Zig-zagged our way back to the South and tried a few of our best areas but no luck. At the end of the day, jogged past our inlet to the South several miles.
At 2:30, stopped to try a patch of rough bottom (read very little, no bird life). Within two minutes we had four on at once. It was a fast, long drift but we caught 10 nice keepers, some big shorts and a few big blues. 2nd drift was half as good and our last drift caught only a couple. Got in after 4 but I was thankful that we got rid of pepe-le-pew. Two of the bass were up near 20lbs. And there were several limits taken.
Weather looks good for tomorrow, not-so-good for Friday, but okay again on Saturday.
With bluefish still in the mix, I would say we have some time left to catch stripers.
Did not get out today or yesterday. I guess the weatherman kept em home. Friday was slow fishing but Saturday was good and Sunday was even better on keepers and short striper. Most, if not all, had limits on Sunday. With the mild weather, I think this fishing should last for a while.
Starting in January, the Gambler will be striper fishing everyday except Fridays. On Fridays, the Gambler will be making offshore trips for jumbo sea bass, porgies, cod, pollock.
To sign-up for our limited, offshore sea bass trips, call 732-295-7569 and Lee-ann will get in touch with you.
The Gambler ran up the beach again today. Had a good hour of solid short action, some real pee-wees, with a couple of keepers. The guys were having fun but I could tell, after a while, they wanted some bigger fish. So I took a chance and looked up the beach. A few miles further, crewman Chris spotted gannets in the distance. Shortly after we got there it broke up but we did get a couple nice bass. Then we spotted life in tight to the beach and the keepers lit-up. At times, the boat was surrounded by rolling top fish. Very good action on keeper stripers, up to 25+ lbs, along with some 6lb bluefish.
Don't let a little rain keep you home --that's why you have rain gear.
The Gambler ventured out today with a very small
group of guys. Beautiful day on the water. Did not find much until we were about
15 miles (45 Mins) North of our inlet. Then we spotted good bird life and
readings on the fish finder. Good action from the start, mostly shorts with a
fair amount of keepers. Stripers ranged from 12 inch pups to 12lb keepers. Fish
were feeding on rainfish and A-27s, A-47s worked well on a fast
Tony M fished a gold A-47 and took 3 keepers, 12 shorts and a
blue. Since there was such a small group, I fished myself. Casting a small, 3 oz
spoon, I caught 2 keepers and 6 shorts bass. It was a blast --I love fishing
this time of year.
By 12:30 the bite had slowed up. Still saw fish on the
finder but they had stopped feeding.
On our way back to port, I spotted
birds working the surface. Just about 6 milles from our Inlet we made another
drift and rallied the guys for another blast of keeper stripers, up to 15lbs.
Bass boiled the water all around us. Nice finish.
Great action. Great
weather. Great day. Just wish there were more aboard to enjoy it with.
Striped Bass fishing remains good. Short bass, keeper bass and blues fish action.
The detour to the Gambler has been removed. You can now drive the regular way on Inlet Dr, but you still need to be careful of debris.
After some searching, we found a big area of bass and blues today. Good bird life and readings in 50ft. The action was sporadic but decent. The bass were shorts and up to 15lbs. The blues weighed 5 to 12lbs.
Fish were working on rainfish, peanut bunker and sand eels. The most bait readings I've seen since the storm. Some jigs were lost on the rocky bottom.
Tom M fished a deadly-dick for a total of nine fish: 2 keepers, 5 shorts and 2 blues. Most any lure worked but, again, you had to retrieve, medium-fast speed, bottom-to-top, to get the bites. Sometimes the fish would grab just as the jig was at the boat.
I think the weather is good for the next few days.
I liked the way it looked today.
Directions note: as of this morning, you still had to go the opposite way down the one-way on Inlet Dr. Point PD is aware of the situation. Please drive slow and careful down this road
Poor fishing today. Nice weather with a good gang of hard core fishermen but the fish did not cooperate. Saw some bait and scattered bass readings, caught a couple shorts early but it never materialized. Did some serious searching and even jumped outside to see if we could bend the rods on some blues but nothing worked. No lack of trying for fishermen or crew --just didn't happen today.
I think the wind is finally supposed to blow hard out of the NW tomorrow so maybe that will change things for the better.
Do not let the North-West wind keep you home --most of our best bass fishing has been during strong North West breezes.
Note: To get to the Gambler, at the bottom of Broadway, you will need to go the wrong way down the one way. The other end is barricaded. The local police are aware of the situation. Please drive slowly and carefully down this road (Inlet Dr.)
Very good striped bass fishing today. Lots of keeper bass up to 12lbs today. Shorts and bluefish action also. A-47s or anything that mimicked a sand eel worked best again this trip.
The weather looks good for the next few days. Fishing every day. Thanksgiving is a special 7:30 till 12:30 trip.
Current directions to the Gambler: Head down Broadway, just after the little bridge, carefully make a left and go down opposite the one-way (there will be no on-coming traffic as the loop is barricaded at the other end.) The police have been instructed to let customers to the Gambler. Just be safe and drive slow.
Well, we were out striper fishing the last two days but it was no good. A few times, I saw mid-water readings and it looked like we'd get a shot but nothing happened. The Gambler's been north and south, in and out. On a few different occasions we tried chumming and baiting fresh clams but that didn't work either.
It might be tough till the water settles --it's still very stirred and cloudy.
The Gambler will keep going and we are going to work our hardest to put bass in the boat. It'll happen... hopefully sooner than later
Looks like the Gambler will be back in action for striped bass
starting this Thursday, November 15th.
We now have the okay from Point Pleasant PD to bring customers
to the boat. Just head down Broadway as you usually would. When you get to the
bottom of Broadway (just over the little bridge) carefully make the first left.
You will be going opposite down the one-way on Inlet Dr. You may need to tell the
officer at the barricade where you are going --they've been instructed to let
you through if you are only headed directly to the Gambler dock.
The Crew and myself want to get back to work, putting you on the
November 7th 2012
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe after Hurricane Sandy.
The Gambler nor her dock have sustained damage due to the storm, but Point
Pleasant and the surrounding coastal towns are in tough shape. As of today
(11/7), it was difficult to reach our dock at Point Pleasant Beach. Lines are
down and barricades are up. I will speak with the powers that be in town to find
when Inlet Dr. will be open and will inform you when access is clear. It's a
sensitive situation. Stay safe and use caution when traveling to the Jersey
Shore. Clean up and repair efforts are underway.
When we are clear to fish, we will be on the prowl for striped bass and
blues. Trips will leave at 7:30 and return by 2:30. Fare is $60.00, Senior fare
is $55 and Child fare is $35.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been effected by
this powerful storm.
Oct 19 2012
I had cancelled our Fri-Sat trip because of the weather report but the Gambler is going offshore tonight.
The trip that we fished Weds-Thursday was dissapointing. The water looked good --full of life. Squarms of squid, porpoises, mahi and lancet fish all around the boat. The fish finder showed marks all the way to 140ft. Caught and released a 50lb sword shortly after anchoring. But there was virtually no night bite. I'd like to blame it on the fact that the lines and chunks ran straight down (but I'm not sure that was the reason). I did not want to move the boat: I figured sooner or it would happen but It never did. Around day break we boated 3 nice longfin and expected the day-bite but by 9AM all the readings had left us.
Tried plans B thru M after that but nothing turned on. Beautiful weather but a bummer action-wise.
Plenty of tuna still out there, just gotta get em to bite
Very good canyon trip returned yesterday. Big yellowfin 60 to 80lbs, 60lb longfin and mahi up to 15lbs. Excellent action. Most had their limit of tuna that trip.
The canyon trip before that was chartered by the JCSA; left Friday and returned Saturday. Not as good as yesterdays trip but still pretty good.
Still open spots left but don't wait too long to sign up.
On our canyon tuna trip that left on the 27th, we went to the Toms C
Water very clear but saw little bait life. Caught one 75lb sword fish in the dark morning hours. Also, just before day-break one 50lb longfin was boated...and a bit later, a 50lb wahoo came onboard. action died when the sun came up. Looked for the break again, anchored in 750'. 1-2 tiles caught and a Purple something-strange looking fish, but was white meated and edible...nothing else happening so we ran in to a wreck in 200'...a few big ling, white hake and pollack, then back out to the Toms for the second night.
On the drift again and picked up where we left off the night before with shots of 60 to 80 lb size yellowfins coming through every couple hrs...had to move out of the way of a longliner and dropped the hook after looking for the break. T'storms came thru but it never got too rough. Underwater lights were awesome. A few more fish boated after the rains ended...as dawn approached, 40# leaders were the ticket for hookups...after 6AM, no more bites. Everyone had at least one tuna, most landed 2 or 3.
Crew and customers did a great job together to put tuna in the boat.
Tom, our galley man made hearty meals and his coffee will keep you at the rail and put hair on your palms.
Room still available on up-coming trips. It's even worth a last minute call to get on a trip.
The fluke have been spread out lately. We can catch some on almost any of the regular grounds that we like to fish this time of year --but no great concentration of fish. Hopefully, we'll get one last solid shot at them before it's over.
Fluking was on the slow side today. Still, many fish on the grounds just gotta get them to bite. Only a little time left to the season. Our last trip will be trhe 25th.
Our final Nite Wreckin trip will be Thursday, Sept 13th
Our final night bluefish trip will be Sat, Sept 15th
The Gambler is ready for a good canyon season. Plenty of spots available in October --but don't wait till the last minute to sign up. Trips will book up as soon as our 1st good tuna report comes in!
Fluke fishing has been good most trips this week. A number of limit catches have taken on recent trips by the sharpies. James Davis is leading the monthly derby with a 8.5lber and had his limit fishing spearing squid combo. Plenty of short action and some sea bass too. The most consistant fluke fishing of the season lately.
Our Nite Wreckin' trip on Thursday was very good. Mostly ling, mixed sizes up to 3lbs. We even had some double headers.
The night blue fishing was great again on Friday and Saturday nights. About as good as you could want it on big chompers up to 12 + lbs.
We had good fluke fishing most trips this past week. Some nice keeper fluke up to 6lbs along with a few sea bass up to 4lbs. On Saturday morning's trip, young Cody was working the bow and landed 9 keepers (retaining just his limit) and won the pool with a 5lber. Mostly fishing on rougher bottom, so you will lose some rigs and sinkers but that's where the fish are hanging now.
Still good ling fishing on our Thursday night wreck trips. Sometimes a little hard to get them past the blues which like to chomp them as their being reeled in. Overall, the night wreck trips have been consistantly good all season.
Night bluefishing was good this past weekend on big blues, fishing just east of our inlet about 20 miles
Fluke fishing has been spotty lately. Had some bigger fishing the last couple days, up to 7lbs but the bite has not been consistant. Yesterday's trip produced some big sea bass too. The east wind may turn everything around by the weekend.
We missed tonight's wreck trip because of the weather but Sunday night should be good.
Big blues have moved back into range on our night trips. The mates told me that the huge choppers were up to 18lbs!
These past past few days were tough fishing for fluke. We caught some keepers and shorts and a few sea bass but the action was sluggish. From my experience, I'd say the bottom water was suddenly cooled by a change in the current. The fish are there and all it would take to get them biting again is a change in the wind or current.
The Nite Wreckin' trip on Sunday night was very good fishing on mixed ling up to 3+ lbs. Probably the best ling fishing of the night season so far.
The night bluefish trip on Saturday night was slow on medium sized blues, up to 6lbs. Capt Mike saw very many bluefish on the fish finder but they didn't want to eat, probably because of the thunder and lighting
Had some decent fluke fishing these last few days. Good percentage of keepers landed on the morning and afternoon trips. Pool winners have been 5 or 6lbs. Not as many sea bass as last week, but still catching a few nice ones on our fluke drifts.
Our Nite Wreckin' Trip on Thursday night was good on mixed sized ling --small to 3lbers. Not as many squid on that trip.
Our night bluefish trip was decent on small blues --one and 2 lbers. The big blues have moved out of range for now. Shouldn't be too long before they move back in again. I remeber this happened last year --only last year we didn't have the cocktail blues to fall back on. One thing about the little blues is that they are very good eating
Getting some nice catches these last few days... as long as we have a decent drift. Need to cover some area to put a catch together and some mornings there was very little wind to push the boat. Dennis Wargo had his limit one recent afternoon while working a Spro jig. Also, a number of bigger fluke and sea bass have come over the rail the last few days, including 4s, 5s, 6s and even a 7.25lber caught by Kirk Williams --and an 8.04lber landed by Jim Custer. We've also taken some lunker sea bass, up to 5lbs. And even had a few big triggerfish landed.
Last Night's bluefish trip was non-stop action on big, 8 to 12lb blues --riding 20+ miles but well worth the trip.
Thursday nights Wreckin' trip was decent on big ling with a few cod and sea bass in the mix. Not as many squid that trip but they are still around.
Last few trips the Gambler had some decent action on fluke and sea bass. Some drifts actually caught more sea bass than fluke. Fluke keeper ratio has been pretty good lately, with pool winners up to 6lbs. And the sea bass have been mixed sizes with some real nice knuckle heads swung over the rails. There have also been an occasional cocktail blue, stray ling --and even a pair of 4lb bonito taken on this morning's trip --all caught while drifting for fluke
Last night's wreckin' trip ling bite was a little sluggish. The ones we caught were baseball bats but it wasn't very fast action. I guess you could say it was a pick. We had to shift around a lot.... Catch a quick 6 or 10 and then had to adjust to another part of the wreck. 3 keeper cod caught too, along with a few sea bass. A few big blues chompin some of our ling on the way up. Squid fishing was good. Mike M fished part time for squid and easily caught 20+. Squid were big, 6 to 8 inches. I would guess if someone fished all night for them, they could've caught 50 or 60. The Gambler has a limited supply of squid jigs. Best to pick up a few if you plan to fish for them. Smaller squid jigs seem to work better. Using a 6 to 10lb class spin rod, just cast the squid jig out past the lights and work it back to the boat. Sometimes you'll see a squarm of them chase it all the way to the boat before one latches on. Cool stuff. --Next scheduled to go Thursday night.
Our bluefish trip on Saturday night was excellent again. 20 mile ride but worth the action on 6 to 12lbers
We missed yesterday and Tuesday due to weather. Back out this morning, the fluke fishing was poor. --It had been pretty good before the blow-- but the water was still stirred up. I'm sure the fluke fishing will get better within a day or so.
Our night bluefish trip on Sat was excellent. As good as you could want on 6 to 12lb blues. The big blues could be seen grabbing the baits just a few feet away from the boat.
The Nite Wreckin' trip on Sunday night was good. Tim Malpas caught 25 big ling. Jon Melito fished the whole night, strictly working a squid jig and he caught more than 100 squid.
Steady fluke action again yesterday with a fair percentage of keepers. Nothing real big yet, I think our biggest fluke so far was just under 5lbs. Seem to be catching more sea bass on our fluke drifts lately with about 50% keepers up to 2 lbs.
We did not make it for our Nite Wreckin' trip last night. The storms kept everyone home.
The Gambler had an excellent bluefish trip on Saturday night with big bruisers up to 14lbs. The boat was fishing the Monster's Ledge.
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The fishing was good this weekend. We had good catches of fluke and sea bass, both keepers and shorts, on our half day trips.
Our bluefish trip on Saturday night was excellent on 6 to 12lb fish.
And our Nite Wreckin' trip this past Sunday was good on big ling, though we did have to move a few times because the dogfish kept finding us. A few sea bass were taken but not too many cod or squid on that trip.
We have an annual Coast Gaurd inspection this Thursday, the 31st, so we will only be fishing the Afternoon
Tomorrow, Saturday, kicks off our 1/2 day fluke trips. Should be some sea bass in the mix too. The first angler to land a keeper fluke will be awarded a free trip ticket. Our May/June fluke derby for the biggest fluke of the month will begin tomorrow also.
Sat night the Gambler will be on the prowl for big stripers and bluefish.
This Sunday night kicks off our first Night Wreckin' trip of the season. It should be good ling fishing. Bring you squid jigs too. Now thru June there should be plenty of squid swimming under our hull lights. Other wreck species possible to catch: Sea bass, cod, pollock. We'll be fishing depths of 90 to 125ft.
Lots of blues and stripers around today. The fish didn't start biting good until late in the day but we wound up with a good catch of blues up to 15lbs and striped bass up to 30lbs. The fish were grabbing jigs, chunked baits and live baits.
May 8 2012
Slow striper fishing this past week. Some bass and blues were around but scattered and hard to catch. I am sure it will bounce back soon.
Yesterday was good bass fishing early. Most had at least one keeper and some had 2. Nice sized fish. No shorts. Seemed to stop biting after 11AM but we had a good catch by then.
Today the bite didn't start till 11AM. Saw loads of life all day but they were not jumping on the lures. In the end, most guys had a keeper or two and a few even managed their bonus fish.
Jerry won the pool today with a 17.5lber he caught on a big croc spoon.
I think it's good weather for the next few days.
We are leaving a little earlier than our fall schedule: 7AM.
Had a good catch of bass today. 10 to 15lb fish. 1st drift of the day was best, steady action, long drift. Then we had another, very long, 2-mile drift where we held one to two fish on for most of the way.
Hard to find them today and our customers had to work at it --they were not "jumping in the boat". But in the end most guys had at least one keeper, others had two and a couple even landed their bonus bass.
Looks good for tomorrow. Sunday we are not fishing but will resume again on Monday.
Fishing for striped bass every day 7AM till 2PM
Feb 6th 2012
Very good ling fishing on nice sized ling the past few trips but few cod being taken. I guess the bottom water is still too warm yet. If you want to catch a lot of red hake fillets for the freezer, now would be a good time. Ling are my personal favorite eating white meat fish: fine, delicate, white fillets. Other fish that we've been catching besides ling and cod: blackfish, sea bass, pout, conger eels, pollock, toadfish, dog fish, sea raven and mackerel. Also, sighted where we've been fishing: whales and dolphin; great black-back gulls, herring gulls, black legged kitty wakes, dovekies, gannets and northern fulmars.
Jan 31st 2012
On Saturday the Gambler searched further offshore hunting for bigger cod. Caught just a few nicer ones up to 10lbs and a 12lb pollock but it is still not ready out there. Managed to find a good catch of ling and some smaller cod up to 8lbs on Sunday.
Jan 18 2012
We were not out today due to the high winds and rough seas. On Monday, we had a good catch of ling and a few cod. Bill Bryne of Toms River caught about 2-dozen ling, an 8lb purple hake and a 6lb cod. Weather permitting, we'll be fishing everyday.
Jan 12th 2012
Good amount of ling, large to small, on every trip so far. Cod numbers get better each trip as the water gets colder. Pete from Stroudsburg PA caught about 10 cod on wednesday and about 20 ling. No big cod yet, pool winners have been up to 8lbs. The bigger cod should be here any day.
Jan 2nd 2012
The Gambler was out for stripers on Saturday but did not find too much. We'll be trying for striped bass through Friday. They may just pop up again. Starting on Saturday, the 7th, we'll begin our winter wreck fishing. See schedule above.
Just spoke to Capt Mike who has the Gambler out fishing for stripped bass today. By 10:00 AM they had caught a dozen or more stripers. Only a couple of them so far were keepers but they have another 4 hours of hunting to go. Still, for this time of year the water is still warm and it's good action. I can't see any reason why we wouldn't be fishing for stripers into the 1st or even second week of January. After that, we'll be making some cod trips.
Good day of bassin' again today. Started south of our inlet where we had been catching but the life was not there. Took a cruise north and found birds and readings from Spring Lake to Longbranch.
The action was a lot more erratic than it has been but we caught bass on just about every drift.
Saw bluefin tuna on top today, caught 3 blues and a fluke that hit a jig. Water is still 50F!
Some guys had 2 keepers, most had one and everyone had short action.
We'll be out tomorrow Sat, same hours
Hadn't been out fishing for a couple days but we made it off today and the Stripers turned on with a vengence. Within the 1st 20 minutes of the 1st drift, the boat landed at least 10 keeper bass plus some blues and short bass. It was good fishing all day. The weekend looks nice,
Not out today due to the weather. Monday was still okay fishing, with a few keeper striped bass, some short fish and some bluefish. We should get another good shot of stripers before Christmas.
On Friday, the Gambler had good striper fishing. Despite the boat traffic, the action held up till around noon and we had a nice catch of bass up to 20lbs, along with a few shorts and blues.
Saturday was tougher, really had to work at it. But, still, we had a guy with his limit plus a bonus fish. Yesterday was slow. Saw bass okay on the machine but didn't bite too well. It will bounce back --maybe today, even. Lots of time left. Still plenty of baitfish around and the water temp is hovering around 52F.
Sat, Nov 12
Good action the last couple days, despite all the wind. The bite seemed to slow down after noon time but still a good amount of keeper bass along with big blues. Yesterday, Josh Shaw of Wayne, NJ, won the pool with a 23lber. This morning we had a drift that caught stripers and blues that lasted 2 hours! Fishing got to be kind of tough in the afternoon because the wind and sea picked up pretty hard out of the south. There is a lot of bait-fish around and I predict that this is going to be a great striper season.
Weds, Nov 9th
Very good striper action today. Many keepers with some big blues and a few short fish.
The fish are feeding on sand eels so A-47s have been working well, with or without tails. Dave Mork caught a couple big bass on a white croc too.
Jigging near the bottom did NOT catch fish. You need to cast, let it hit the bottom and retrieve medium speed all the way home.
Don't let the NW wind keep you home on Friday --we've had some of our best bass catches in hard NW wind. Fishing just a mile or so off the beach, it doesn't even get rough in a hard Northwester. The weather looks good right thru Sunday. Raining? Bring your rain slickers and lets go!
Mon, October 24
Just returned from back-to-back Canyon trips. Both were very good. Saturday's trip limited-out on yellowfin. Also caught mahi and skippys. Trip that returned last night landed about 50 yellowfin, most around 30lbs up to 65lbs. A 50lb longfin was taken. Hightlight of the trip was a 13+ foot swordfish --estimated at over 450lbs.
There is still room for tomorrow night's trip, as of noon time today. Weather looks ok. Call 732-295-7569 to reserve.
Mon, October 17.
have not been able to make our trips this week,do to heavy winds and rough seas. The water offshore still looks good, should be plenty of tuna in it. Just need a break in the weather. Still some spots left on our last few trips of October.
Tues, Oct 11th
Just came back from a trip last night. Fished the Spencer canyon. Plenty of tuna at that canyon but it was hard to get them to bite. Lots of boat traffic hurt the fishing. Did catch some tuna but not what were hoping for. Water was beautiful. A lot of good water still moving down the banks. Canyon fishing should be good through the month.
Weds, Oct 4th
Our 24hr Sat-Sun trip was good. Longfin, yellowfin, swordfish, mahi and tilefish were taken. As long as the weather holds, this will be a very good canyon season. Don't miss it.
Saturday Oct 1, 2011
Just came back from a very exciting 48-hour canyon trip! There were few breaks in the action from the time we got to the tuna grounds til the time we left. On the first night/day of the excursion, we drifted for miles catching longfin tuna in the 25-50lb range, yellowfin tuna in the 30-60lb range, some mahi mahi, tilefish and a swordfish. Fish were taken on both bait and jigs. Midway through our second day the action slowed up, and as we were riding towards another location, we stopped near some flotsam and had some very good mahi mahi action. The mahi ranged for 4-20lbs. The entire boat was hooked up on these colorful acrobats and we caught them for a solid 2 hours before we moved on. By the time we settled up on the anchor at our new location, the wind and seas came on strong - making for difficult conditions as the tide was against the wind. But within the 1st hour and a half, Chuck Eaton landed a big yellowfin and it was "game on" again. We had a steady catch throughout the night of longfin, yellowfin, and another swordfish. The wind and the seas lightened before the morning and around 4AM, we had a flurry of action that lasted until about 6AM. It was a great trip - everyone on board caught lots of fish and all went home with a tired smile on their face.
During the trip we also saw several different species of whales, porpoise and various sea birds.
Truly a trip to be remembered.
Mon, Sept 19th
Wow, where is this month going? Still catching fluke, lots of action. Lately, we go
through many short fluke to catch a keeper. Also catching many cocktail blues
almost everywhere we fish for fluke. Some are just snappers but others are good
eating size 1 to 2 lbers.
Fri, Sept 16
Plenty of action everywhere we fished this morning but not a lot of keepers. Still catching taylor blues and sea robins too. Our "Nite Wreckin'" trip, this past Sunday, was pretty good with some big ling and mixed sized cod. Only 9 more days left to the fluke season. Don't miss it --it'll be a long winter.
Sat, Sept 3rd
Sorry about the missed reports --tech difficulty.
Since the storm, we have been catching a lot of fish on our 1/2 day trips --not a lot of keepers but plenty of action. Besides fluke, we have been catching mixed sized sea bass (up to 3lbs), taylor blues, small weakfish, jacks, lizard fish, sea robins, sundials, sand sharks, squirrel hake and skates. Pool winners most trips are between 3 and 6 lbs.
Our night trips for blues and wreckin' were slow this week but it should bounce back soon. We'll be fishing for fluke right up to thru the 25th.
Thurs, July 28th
Lately, there has been a lot of action in shallower water both North and South of our inlet but just a few keepers in the mix. And when we fish off the beach in deeper water, we are catching some nice sized fluke and big sea bass but the action is not as fast. So most days we are mixing it up by doing some off and some in.
It sounds like the bluefishing has been off lately, but we'll see what happens when we check out some old areas this Friday and Saturday nights.
We'll be looking at some different grounds for our "Nite Wreckin'" trips tonight and Sunday night. This past Sunday's night wreck trip was slow for ling and cod but we took a good amount of squid again.
Thurs, July 21st
Overall, the fluke fishing has been decent. As long as the wind is not too strong or too light, we've been catching fish. Seems like a lot more fluke around than last year. A good percentage of the fluke are keeper size and the pool winner most trips have been 5 or 6 lbs. We are also seeing some sea bass, small blues and ling on some of our fluke drifts.
Our "Nite Wreckin'" trip this past Sunday was poor because the wind came on strong and it turned into a rough night. They did catch a few cod and ling, though.
The night blue trip this past Saturday was good. Plenty of 8 to 10 lb blues around.
Tues, July 12th
Wow! Bud Brown landed a 14lb 12oz doormat on the 9th. Huge fluke!
The fluke fishing has been a little tough the last couple days --either too much drift or not enough. The next few days look like better conditions, though.
Our "Nite Wreckin'" trips have been good. This past Sunday there were a good amount of big ling taken, along with some sea bass and a few cod.
Our night bluefish trip was slow this past weekend. I guess we're into the July doldrums for blues. It should pick up again within a few days.
Some big fluke reeled in our the weekend --quite a few 4 and 5 lbers and a 7.0 lber is currently leading the July Monthly derby. Picking at some sea bass on some fluke drifts too.
Our night wreck trips have been good --catching cod, ling sea bass and squid.
Our bluefish trip on Saturday night was a little slow. We caught some 8 to 10lb blues but it could've been better.
Thurs, June 30th
Last couple days were slower but bounced back today with nice fluke action. Quite a few keepers, some over 4lbs including an 8lb 3oz fluke taken by Anthony Liscio of Brick. Some keeper sea bass starting to show up on our fluke drifts too.
Getting baited up and ready for our "Nite Wreckin'" trip, which will leave tonight at 7:30. Been catching big ling, mixed sized cod up to 10lbs and squid on these trips.
Tomorrow and Saturday night are blue trips and our next "Nite Wreckin'" trip will leave this Sunday.
Fri, June 24th
Fluke fishing action is holding up. It's been a good season since the start. Higher percentage of keepers lately too. A few sea bass starting to show up.
This is our last weekend for night stripers. Starting July 1st, the Gambler will switch over to night blues on the same nights: Friday and Saturday, 7:;30 till 12:30.
Our last two "Nite Wreckin'" trips were good. Catching some big ling, cod, a few sea bass and --lots of squid! We're catching squid on squid jigs just below the surface, under the Gambler's powerful, built- in hull lights. The amount of sea life drawn in by those lights is incredible --something you gotta see for yourself. One angler on last night's trip landed over 70 squid --6 to 12 inches long. Good calamari.
Monday, June 13th
Lots of fluke coming over the rails this past week --good steady action. Often, it seems we go through 10 or even 20 "short" fluke to get a keeper but high hooks on most trips are 3 or 4 keepers up to 4 or 5 lbs. Catching lots of other species on our fluke drifts too: Small blues, sea bass, sea robins, sand sharks, skates and sun dials in the mix. With all the action, our 1/2 day trip is a good one to bring the kids and grand kids on. Our mates are great at helping any novice catch fish and have fun.
Our "Nite Wreckin" trip last night had a pretty good start. We caught a decent amount of ling, along with a few sea bass and cod.
Monday, June 6th
Our fluke fishing this weekend was good. Plenty of action. Many throw-back size fluke but also some big ones --up to 8lbs-- in the mix. Not too many sea bass seen yet. We are also catching more sundials than I've seen in a while, along with some small sand sharks and sea robins. Rocko Catalano and his son Jon landed 6 keepers up to 4lbs on the morning trip yesterday. Ed Moore took an 8lber on Saturday and there was another, almost 8lbs caught by 9 YO Ean,from Allentown, NJ.
Our night striper trips have caught some very big bass, up to 40lbs, but they are tricky to catch. They are around but they are smart --I guess that's how they got so big.
Looking to get out on our "Nite Wreckin'" trip tonight.
Thursday, May 12th
Very good fishing on big blues and stripers today --near to home. Fish grabbed anything that was cast to them. A little troublesome to get through the blues to catch bass but everyone had at least one keeper striper and most had two. The stripers were up to 32lbs and the blues ranged from 5 to 15lbs.
Monday, May 9th
The Gambler made her first trip for stripers this Friday and we had a great trip. Non-stop action on big bass. Almost all keepers, big fish up to 25lbs. 2 bluefish were caught also. The Gambler ran far to the North but our speed got us there quickly. The bass were hitting big croc spoons retrieved medium speed.
We ran out the very next day, looking for a repeat, but it was like somebody shut off the switch. Tried many different spots but had no action at all! That's fishing, I guess.The Gambler is out right now, Monday morning, just left the dock with capt Mike at the helm. --A whole new day, a whole new ball game.
Not great big numbers or great big fish --but still decent fishing with cod, some really nice ling and a few keeper blackfish hoisted over the rails.
Friday was a bit choppy but not rough. We had a small group so I fished myself. I landed 4 keeper cod (up to 10lbs) and 2 big ling, plus released 4 short cod.
Machinest Steve caught 4 keeper cod, a blackfish and several big ling.
Steve Kim was out with his boys and they took home 5 or 6 cod plus some ling.
The cod action will hold up through the month and I think the ling bite will keep getting better.
The winds look favorable for the next few days.
Sat, April 9th
Decent cod action today. Mixed sizes to 12lbs. We caught a few jumbo ling and keeper blackfish too.
Mon, April 4th
Sunday's Cod trip was a lot like last Sunday's trip. It started out good, with a fair number of keeper cod, some shorts and some ling. As the day progressed the bit slowed up. Mike Malpas and his brother Tim had 12 keeper cod and 6 ling between them. Next window forour cod trip looks like Thursday.
Our last cod trip was this past Sunday. It was a good start. The 1st hour was best. We had a good shot of keeper cod, along with some shorts and nice sized ling.
Our first Tuesday Taugin trip sailed out yesterday with 18 guys. We caught about 10 keeper blackfish and 30some short blacks.
Weds, March 23rd
The weather looks good for this Friday, Sat and Sunday. The current will have slacked up and I think we'll have some good cod fishing. It'll be a whole new ball game --come on out.
Monday, March 21st
Cod fishing has been slow the last few trips due to a stronger than usual current. We have caught a few cod on all the wrecks we've hit but but not real good lately. By the mid to end of this week the current should slack up and the cod should start biting again.
Monday, March 14th
The Gambler had a fair catch of cod, with some nicer sized fish, up to 20+ lbs. A few ling and pollock were landed too.
Monday, Feb 28th
This weekend's cod trip was slow. We caught a few cod and a few ling but the bite was sluggish.
FRIDAY, FEB 25TH
Our cod fishing was a bit sluggish on Weds but bounced back nicely on Thursday. Thursday's trip produced some big cod, including several over 20lbs. A pair of big pollock came over the rails too, up to 28lbs, caught on vike type jigs.
Thursday Feb 17th
Pretty good cod fishing today in deeper water. Guys landed anywhere from 2 to 6 keepers. Some smaller cod but some really nice fish too; a few 10s and 15s and 20s and one well over 30lbs.
Bucktail Bob Caught 2 back to back 20+ lbers and had a couple other keepers.
Frank Copresti landed a slob 38lber, had 2 other nice keepers and a 7lb pollock.
We were mostly fishing deep and we did have some ling too.
Nice looking weather for tomrw, not looking too good for Saturday (wind wise) Sunday and Monday may be good weather.
SAT, FEB 5TH
The Gambler had decent action on her 50 to 75 mile offshore wreck trip yesterday. Cod (up to 25lbs), pollock (up to 20lbs) and ling up to 4 lbs were boated. The weather held up till it was time to go home (got bounced around a little on our trip back. I will keep an eye on the weather and post trips accordingly a few days ahead.
TUES, FEB 1ST
We had a slow trip on Saturday but pretty good fishing on Sunday. It looks like we have a good window on Friday, the 4th. The boat will leave at 3AM (show up time suggested 2AM) The Gambler will run to wrecks further offshore --50 to 75 miles. Fare is $150 --no resv needed. Targeting cod, pollock, ling and hake in depths of 150 to 200 ft. Looks like great weather --just show up and fill the cooler!