The brooklyn vi is a boat that epitomizes what it means to "work for fish." Todays mackerel trip, which was actually my first EVER, marked my third trip on the brooklyn vi. Its wonderful crew has led me to blues, cod, ling, and now mackerel. To label the brooklyn a "bluefish boat," because it does just about everything from blues to tuna to offshore wrecks and has the size, speed, and the crew to do it.
Andrew was at the helm today and didn't fool around. He took us right to where the miss belmar princess and dauntless were, forty miles out.it barely took an hour and a half; that's how fast the boat is.
Despite a quick drift, we hammered our targets. As the drift slowed, it became an all out fish fest. With help from mike and philly, I took to mackerel fishing like a duck in water (even when you love fishing, something new is always a little daunting). Everyone did very well today, catching mackerel in mixed sizes, from 8 inch babies to 18 inch monsters. Quadruple headers and greater were the norm, and there was quite a good showing of herring later on. Thankfully, dogfish activity was easily manageable, and I only fell victim to "shark attack" once. I'd say that on most drifts, there weren't too many of them.
In the end, I probably caught about 150 to 200 fish total.doubtless others caught far more still...I gave all but sixteen to spencer and teddy. The ones that I brought home were filleted by philly, who (luckily for me), made them look wonderful. This means mom won't scream.
The brooklyn is going to be seeing a lot more of me this year. And, in the summer, I hope to ride it back to the mudhole in search of my first ever bluefin tuna. Ill have to build up some muscle for that one!
Pictures will be posted later.