Fish News: Big Birthday Bluefish

Fish News
Big Birthday Bluefish

Every week, I watch the weather to try and plan for the weekend. If it looks fishable, I then try to get a crew together (not too many and not too few). It is a chore that I skipped this past weekend. I was going fishing for bluefish with or without company. It worked out fine. Some of my regular fishing buddies started to contact me, "um, if you are going and have room, I'll join you". The last to call me was Charles Southall on Friday night, "Are you fishing this weekend?" I picked Charles up one the way to the boat Saturday morning. It happened to be his Birthday. I asked him if I was supposed to get him back in time for a birthday dinner. He said that they had done that early, the day before, so he could go fishing on his birthday. Good planning.
Ken Wente, president of the American Striper Association, will be the speaker at our Nov. 18 club meeting. He will be talking about the ASA organization and their tournament trail.
It is time to start paying our dues for 2009. Dues will remain $30 for a family membership for another year. Make sure to reserve the evening of February 27. That will be the night of our annual awards banquet.
Nov. 10, Steve Martin fished inside of Rudee Inlet out of his kayak. He caught a few speckled trout up to 21 inches long.
Nov. 9, Matt Rinck and Aaron Martin fished the CBBT for tautog. They caught 11 fish keeping their 8-fish limit. Aaron caught the largest tog, which weighed in at 11 pounds.
Nov. 9, Brandon Honeycutt fished the CBBT. He caught a 30-inch rockfish and lost a larger fish using eels. He then caught some tautog up to 21 inches long.
Nov. 9, Mike Avery fished various structures near the mouth of the bay. They caught 8-keeper tautog up to 8 pounds.
Nov. 9, Stan Simmerman paddled his kayak to the HRBT. Two casts and he had his rockfish limit of 22-24 inch fish. He then went to Muglers Bridge where he caught puppy drum up to 21 inches long.
Nov. 9, from Rick Wineman: We had so much fun last weekend catching bluefish at the Triangle wrecks, that we had to go again. The day started out pretty slow with only four fish by noon. Several boats were trolling around the area, but we were doing pretty good jigging. Around 2:30pm they turned on real good. Once we found the bait it was just steady catching. We caught several fish just over 20lbs. A lot of fun with jigging poles!! Kept at least a dozen nice size sea bass and one keeper flounder.

Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).