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Date posted January 2, 2011 8:35 PM
Posted by togilator
Report location New York > Montauk > Block Island cod on the Bluefin IV with Capt.Michael Potts.
Fishing method Boat
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Organized a last minute cod trip out of Montauk with my buddy Jay and some Others,Bill(Reel Carnky),Bob(BUCKTAIL BOB),Bill(Bill611)Mike(Jester 666) since we were told there were some fish around.We fished aboard the Bluefin IV with Capt.Michael Potts at the Helm and Dennis working deck.Left the dock aroun 5 am and arrived on the grounds at sun up.I was told the dogs were a problem so I decided to work the jig.Capt Mike got to the spot read a ton of bait and said give it a shot.We made a few drifts and the first cod of the day came up on clam.Next drift the gray submarines zoned in but a few of us jigging managed a some keepers and as many shorts.At this point pounding the bottom with 6-8 oz.diamond or Norwegian jigs were picking cod along with no dogs.For the guys using bait the dogs were none stop.Capt.decided to anchor and somebody let the dogs out,Myself and Bob kept jigging and we continued to pick.At this point it was 10/1 dogs to cod on bait and 3/1 dogs to cod on the jig.We worked at this for a few hours and now it was everyone in the cockpit swingin jigs.SQUIDDING WASN'T WORKING,so we pounded bottom and produced about 35 keeper cod working through the Dog pound,tripple the dogs and plenty of short cod also.That action finally died so we went looking around in some shallower water.

After 10 minutes Mike found wat he was looking for and 3 out of 6 rods were on before the jigs touched bottom.The other 3 were hooked up as our fish were coming aboard.We had the fish and they were staying with us,6 jigs plus teasers isn't alot but it held the fish and they followed us way off the spot.We made 2 more drifts with many double and even a tripple header coming up.It was now 12:30 and we had an easy limit and released 30 PLUS KEEPER COD ON THE LAST DRIFT ALONE, PLUS COUNTLESS SHORTS.We all Decided to call it a day ant take a nice slow steam home allowing Dennis to clean all the fish.

Some thoughts on the day,

Small 6 to 8 oz. Hammered diamond jigs ruled with myself using a 6 oz.Hammered Norwegian jig.Hammered jigs produced better than smooth finished jigs.A plain jig didn't work nearly as good as a jig with a tube or jelly worm.Squidding did not work on anchor but productive on the drift.Most fish came on the jig with some hitting the teasers.Red was the color spectrum they wanted,wether a flo or dark red Surge tube or pink or red 6 inch culy tail jelly.There was tons of bait in the water,mostly Mackeral and Herring,with some whiting. I don't know the exact keeper ratio maybe one in 3 plus the dogs action was non stop.Most fish were small with keepers ranging 22 to 28 inches with the biggest maybe 30 inches.We fished 80-120 feet with the better fishing in the 80 foot depths.With the amount of dogs and bait around its a no brainer to stick with the jig.

Another incredible job done by Michael Potts and Dennis,HEY WHERE WAS HUEY?.He has yet to let us down and always gives 110%.Few if any Know the water around Montauk as good as Michael.He is one of the most INTERESTING PLUS KNOWLEDGEABLE CAPTAINS I AM LUCKY TO FISH WITH.Since this is just the begining of the run,give the BLUEFIN IV a call if you want to get in on this great action with a small group.You will not be dissapointed.

Anyway I belted this out,its been a long day and I had the camera but not the battery,so you get no pics.Ok one from last season of pottsy teaching us how to propery hold codfish for the camera.Pick a boat and get back on the Block Island cod grounds!!!

The man myth legend,The one and only Capt Michael Potts taking a photo opp!

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 01/02/2011 08:54 PM  

Excellent report Togilaterup That was a great read! thank you and continued success to ya!

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 01/02/2011 09:29 PM  

Nice report. I went out about 3 weeks ago on a spilt charter on the bluefin. My buddy and I had a great time as the capt gave 110% effort as well as huey.

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 01/02/2011 09:56 PM  

great report rob

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 01/02/2011 10:02 PM  

I think I must have caught all the dogs that you let slip by cause I only got 3 short cods today and a sh*t load of gray submarines. I think a few ling saved the day for me, but not the opener I was exactly looking for Really

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 01/02/2011 11:06 PM  

up great report, tuna fished on the bluefin back in the ninetys.


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 01/03/2011 07:45 AM  

Hughie was out with us in spirit...

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 01/03/2011 08:14 AM  

Nice trip guys!!! up

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 01/03/2011 12:36 PM  


Dennis e-mail me that shot of Hugh!!! That is the best thing I've ever seen!

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 01/03/2011 06:14 PM  


great report Rob!!!! sounds like tired arms with all them doggies hows the worm content?? this season so far also good looking out buddy tks for hooking me up with Timmy again we have to do one of his capt mark trips together thinking march 6th i think he said just before u starting braking ground again on a great pool season talk to u soon RT.

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 01/04/2011 09:11 AM  

worm content

I would say every other fillet had a small worm or 2. Some did not have any.Not so bad. My wife asked me why am i holding the fish up to the high hats in the kitchen? I told her that i was getting the pin bones out, lol. In ate some fresh cod last night, delish. Breadcrums with fresh garlic mixed with some olive oil so it clumps up much like a stuffed clam consistency. Dip cod in egg then dredge in breadcrum mixture pack it firmly with a fork so its totaly covered, place on baking tray and bake at 350 for 12 min then broil for 2min just to give it that golden crust.... yum you will never worry about a few worms again.. oh yeah almost forgot tho homemade tartar sauce.

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 01/04/2011 09:45 AM  

sounds good i will try that tks for the info artie

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 01/04/2011 06:33 PM  

nice trip...up
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