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Last week I hopped aboard a Captree party boat which shall remain unidentified. The intended target fish was weakfish. There were a couple dozen fares on board that evening. Now the Captree fleet offers a nice diversity of targeted species at any given time of season. This time of year you can pick and choose between fluke, bluefish, stripers, weaks, and maybe porgies. My friends and I were eager to bring home a few weakfish for the dinner table. We chose the boat based on that preference. Well, we left the dock and entered GSB at which point I anticipated we would head to the east and the Kismet reef area. Instead, the captain turned to the west, headed past the Moses bridge, and I assumed we were going to drift the mussle beds just west of the old piers by the state police station. To our surprise, we sailed on until we reached the sore thumb area and proceeded out of the inlet. The captain started his first drift outside the inlet just off Cedar beach. Before long a few blues were brought on board. At that point the captain announces that since we got into blues we will stay on them for a spell. Needless to delve into the details off every drift and bluefish caught, it became apparent that the skipper really had no intention of seeking out the species that everyone had expected to catch. There were a smattering of short fluke hooked before the sun sank below the horizon, but for the remainder of the trip, we drifted the inlet area for the only gamefish there. blues!My theory is thus: As long as the captain can put a few fish on the deck, it makes no difference to him whether it's the species all the fares wanted or not. He made no attempt whatsoever to find weakfish. In my opinion, he was simply too cheap to expend the extra fuel in order to locate the weaks. Screw the paying customers. At least make a minimum of effort to fulfill your advertised goal. That, after all is why those people came aboard in the first place. I guess you just did'nt care as long as you filled your pocket. This is by no means the first or only time I have felt ripped off by these so called experts. You know what? from now on I'll hold on to my hard earned cash and find the fish of my choice in my kayak. Thanks for blowin' us all off Cap'n. You'll be sailing without this fisherman in the future.