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Date posted June 19, 2010 3:41 PM
Posted by bigtunabunda
Report location New York > Western Sound > COW Pasture
Fishing method Boat
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Went out yesterday for a short AM trip with an old friend "Brian" from my block growing up.

Dropped the anchor outside of the fleet with plenty of signs of bait around. High sun, didn't expect allot. Left the dock later than intended too. Managed to catch the change of tide and that's when the big girls bit.

Brian's rod goes first and he hooks up! As he's fighting his fish and it was great fight the next rod on the same side of the boat goes screaming STEADY! I lift the rod out of the gunwale holder and set the hook home! GAME ON!

Brian not being an experienced salt water fisherman, I helped land his fish and put the rod back in the holder with the drag set. We net his 20 lber and and land it in the boat and back to the battle at hand!

I could feel that it was very solid fish, she stayed down shook her head and she steamed line while the rod was in the gunwale. I couldn't move her for quite a while she swam around on the bottom shaking her big fat head occasionally.

Finally I began to get some line back on her. She came up to the surface about 50 feet behind the boat and I could see a BIG broom tail, and then she sounded again.

She stayed deep under the boat shaking her head and refused to be moved for what seemed to be several minutes. Every so often she'd take a dive and steam off another few feet of drag. Finally she started to give. Slowly I got more and more line back on the reel. With one more big pull she came out from under the boat. I gasped as I saw her. I knew she was big, bigger than I ever expected to catch as i thought most of the big cows were considerably more to the east of us.

She weighed 38.4 lbs on my digital scale and measured 47 inches in total length with her mouth closed. I could see that she'd been caught before as she had a healed upper lip with a serious indentation.

We went on to land another 5 smaller keeper sized bass to about 13 lbs. and one blue fish. Some took chunks, a couple took heads, one took a whole dead or dieing bunker. We had a about a 12 lb blue take a live bunker and bite the hook off.

OUTSTANDING ACTION for a short trip with HIGH, hot sun, little wind, on a beautiful late spring day in June!

38 lbs, 47" Western Sound June 18th 2010

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Joined: 06/09/2008
Posts: 738
 06/19/2010 07:41 PM  

nice bassup


Joined: 05/22/2010
Posts: 16
 06/19/2010 10:01 PM  

Great job helping your friend out and still managing to land the cow. Mind sharing how deep you guys fished? I'm taking people out tomorrow and don't want to disappoint them on their first trip. thanks.

Joined: 03/18/2006
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 06/20/2010 11:14 AM  



Joined: 10/04/2005
Posts: 960
Location: North Queens
 06/20/2010 12:21 PM  


I think you can catch them in depths of 20ft or more during the day. When we came upon the fleet I watched a guy all the way on the outside of everyone hooked up. I watched him land a nice 20 lb class bass so I set up inside of him what I imagine was 5-10 ft more shallow than he was. I was courteous and gave him allot of space and wide berth I'd never set up on top of anyone.

I watched him land another smaller fish and miss a few hits before we ever got our first bite. Actually I was about to make a move when the first run off went screaming. We were there a while without a touch.
VERY glad I stayed.

If you can locate fish on structure that is always helpful too. I wasn't on structure myself per se' there are pods and schools of bass swimming around following the bait. They'll come to you if you use the right bait and chum, you might be able to keep them behind your boat long enough for a solid bite if you work for them.

Use your machine. Look for marks, look for bait.I had fisherman reeling in fish (1st good sign), lots of bait visible (2nd good sign), and great marks on the machine around the bottom (3rd good sign). It still took them a while to bite.

Yes I did chum but not TOO heavily. TOO much chum can also be the kiss of death with bass some times. Too much chum can get you covered up in might also feed the fish a bit too much and then might not eat your chunks.

Chumming with some small chunks definitely helps. Don't over look it. The MORE good FRESH bunker you have to use the better. Keep your chunks FRESH too, don't soak bait TOO long. Blood & oil mean allot when it comes to these fish.

GOOD luck out there, lemme know how you do!

I lift fish up then put them down!!

This post edited by bigtunabunda 12:23 PM 06/20/2010

Joined: 02/04/2006
Posts: 29505
Location: Raritan Bay NY
 06/22/2010 04:01 PM  

nice catch....up
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