Sunday’s weather was perfect, and we sailed mid-morning with Hans Neleman and his teen-age son, Hudson, both novice fishermen. They learned quickly and enjoyed nonstop action with bluefish coming in at 6-9 pounds.
This morning we had our first charter of the season, with one of our regulars, 93-year-old Bud Wehrle, visiting from Las Vegas NV–on his annual trip to Norwalk–along with his friend, Brendan Hanrahan, of Wilton CT.
They brought in some sea robins and a 21″ fluke. We didn’t see any sea bass or porgies being caught by any of the other boats around us.
Right now the action is so-so everywhere in our area except for schoolie bass being caught in the early hours of the day. We’re hoping that after several days of warmer weather, we’ll see great improvement, but right now the water temps are 55-58|.
We’ve heard that some larger fish are coming in at dawn and sundown in the Hempstead, Rye, and Mamaroneck areas of L.I. Sound.
My Bonnie is back in Long Island Sound!
We launched yesterday, and we’ll be scouting with our Danbury buddy, Emilio, tomorrow. Hope to have some exciting news after the trip.
Our Florida boat is now on land and being prepped for her six-month layover until we return in early November. I’d give this season a B- or a C+. Weather was partly to blame, but neither the Indian River nor the Sebastian River was filled with as many fish as we found two-three years ago. It was especially disappointing because but we’d been expecting much better action now that the water quality has begone to improve; obviously, we’re hoping for great improvement next fall.
Regardless of the over-all catch, fishing down here November through April has been great fun! Bonnie caught this red a few years ago on our FL boat; better than shoveling snow and driving over icy roads–right?
Bonnie and I will be back in Connecticut in two weeks, and the “big boat” should be ready to launch no later than mid-May. Needless to say, we’re very enthusiastic about returning to the waters of Long Island Sound, where the catch is always more dependable–so long as the weather cooperates.
We wish everyone a Happy Easter and a blessed Passover.
Our FL fishing season is quickly winding down.
Today we fished again with neighbor, Charlie Simas—catching jacks and sail catfish in the Sebastian River—avoiding the Indian River and the Inlet because of windy conditions.
My Bonnie will be pulled out of the water in a little less than two weeks, and we’ll be heading north at the end of April—starting up our CT charters in early-mid May.
We got out on Wednesday for a few hours with Sebastian neighbor, Charlie Simas, who rarely fishes with light tackle. The morning was a bit slow, but we hooked into some bluefish, and Charlie had fun bringing in his first jack crevalle.
We fished the Indian River flats on Friday with Sebastian local, John Quadrini. Action was steady, and we caught many jacks and ladyfish as well as bluefish 2-4 pounds, keeping three blues for our evening dinners.
We fished on Monday morning with visitors from Vashon Island WA—Tony and Rebecca Mann and their four-year old daughter, Liana.
The family enjoyed fishing among some dolphins and also bringing in some jacks and ladyfish. Especially delighted was little Liana, who was eager and able to reel in her own catch under the tutelage of Captain Sal.
We went out this morning with John Quadrini, a local friend who hasn’t fished for the past 40 years, and who required some guidance on how to cast a lure. We had to deal with fairly windy conditions in the Sebastian River, but we managed to bring in a lot of small jacks. Last week’s catches in the same area were much better, to be sure.