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Date posted January 14, 2010 8:37 PM
Posted by bigtunabunda
Report location New York > Montauk > CQ SE OF BLOCK ISL.
Fishing method Boat
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My good buddy Brian and I decided to take advantage of the reprieve in the weather and try our luck to get some COD on the ROD on the NEW CELTIC Quest today out of Uhlien's Marina in Montauk Harbor.



We steamed out leaving the dock @ 3am and began fishing well before the sky even showed a hint of brightening. From the first drop the pick started and showed us signs of life. It was a slow but steady pick of cod shorts and some keepers on the anchor. There were also a few ling and a few endangered but ever present Doggies in the mix.



As daylight began show itself Capt Desi put the boat on the drift and it was a good decision. We had a steady pick of both shorts and keeper cod, with the odd by catch mixed in for good measure.



That bite slowed and the fleet dispersed and we went prospecting over rough bottom searching different parts of the SE of Block Area. Most drops yielded a few fish for the boat, some keepers, shorts, and a mix of Big bergals, congers, and the rottweiler plague. Most fish decked came on bait. We had guys trying jigs on the boat but with minimal success up until that point.



Desi then turned the boat NW and headed for areas closer to Block and home. We picked fish here & there.

Some drops showed allot of life including a good showing of bait visible to all on board in the way of herring and macks. Before sun up I even saw a huge sand eel under the lights swimming in the water.



Saving grace of the day was our last 2 drifts over wreckage. There was ALLOT of life around this piece. I brought up a double of short cod on the first drop over it. It was lock load every time we hit bottom as long as we were over the zone. A FULL mix of all known bottom inhabitants showed during this effort.



Bait fish were snagged on jigs, short cod, some keeper cod, pollack, Star gazer, dogs, bergals, lots of ling,congers, and the highlight for me was a seeing (by my guestimate) a 20 lbish Monk Fish "caught on a jig". That was real show stopper.



We then cruised for a bit with the intention of trying another drop on the way but it wasn't meant to be as the reports weren't encouraging from that area so we just steamed back to Montauk. On the way we passed several pods of large Dolphin/ Porpoises which is always really cool to see and further enforces the evidence of a very good abundance of bait in the area.



Final tally for Brian and I for the trip was: Brian ended up with 8 keeper cod, I had 4. We combined for an even dozen healthy ling, 1 GIANT bergal (minimum 3lbs), and a conger in the box. This total combined with easily close to 30 short cod between us and WAY MORE Aquatic Weimaraners than we'd ever care to see provided steady action for us through most of the day as well as enough fillets to enjoy several healthy meals with our loved ones at home. The pool cod fish was I'm guessing only around 10-11 LB mark maybe.



Today wasn't a slammer for anyone on board, nor was it "we believe" for most anyone in the entire fleet. Most people on the boat enjoyed some decent action and happily went home with something for the dinner table.



Though the day was cold, it was also BEAUTIFUL flat calm. As a result of the low winds we had slow drifting conditions this made it tougher to put the fish in the boat and get them chewing the way we'd have liked to see.



All signs bode well and this seems like the tip of the iceberg for much more good things to come for the 2010 Block Isl. COD run. This has only been the first wave of cod fish that came into this area and there "should be lots more to come." So get your gear ready, pick your day, and make your reservations on the CQ for the cod trip of your choice. These guys know the area well and will do their best to show you a great time catching these great eating fish.



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makonick


Joined: 12/23/2006
Posts: 551
Location: MONTAUK/BABYLON
 01/14/2010 09:17 PM  

Nice detailed report.Had a buddy of mine out on the trip today.I had to workFrown.Will be getting out soon.At least you put a decent catch together!up


"Don't worry,everything will be fine,you'll see"
 
bigtunabunda


Joined: 10/04/2005
Posts: 960
Location: North Queens
 01/15/2010 08:25 AM  

Thanks!,...And,....

With this break in the weather over today and the next couple following. I WISH I could go again! BUT My wife & I are expecting our first baby arriving in March and at the moment the Honey DO list is long!

I will try to get out again myself though before the baby comes at least once more maybe in a week or 2 who knows? Like I said it's only gonna get better and it could happen at ANY time. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe any time in the next 2 weeks? When it does happen I want to BE THERE!

Notice how I cleverly coincided the birth of our child to the opening of the new 2010 fishing season? The baby born in March when I'm not fishing so much, the mother in law arrives to give us a hand, and then she & my Mrs will be home to care for the baby and I have full time baby sitting coverage to get out and do a little fishing in the spring! Not bad huh? Who said motherinlaws are are so terrible? I can'r be grateful enough for mine!


I lift fish up then put them down!!
 
bigtunabunda


Joined: 10/04/2005
Posts: 960
Location: North Queens
 01/15/2010 10:59 AM  

Here's some pics of the MONK.

NOT my fish but it was SOOO cool I had to take some shots of it. It's a really nice specimen.





I lift fish up then put them down!!
 
makonick


Joined: 12/23/2006
Posts: 551
Location: MONTAUK/BABYLON
 01/16/2010 08:24 PM  

NICE,A LITTLE COD NOW,A LITTLE FLOUNDER/FLUKE/SEABASS/ETC.LATER.TIMING IS EVERYTHING.THATS SOME MONKFISH(DELICIOUS).GOOD LUCK ON THE NEW BABY.THE BITE LAST YEAR WAS GOOD TIL 3/15,SO I HOPE YOU TIMED IT CORRECTLY.Toungue


"Don't worry,everything will be fine,you'll see"
 
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