Capt.XXX, I assume you are refering to those fish that were in our area from about the 3 rd. week in November right through until the season shutdown? If you are, for the benifit of those who do not know, to the West, meaning the Jones Inlet area, we had some nice fish, 100lb. class, in less then 50' of water, some reports put them in as little as 20'. I think the season as a whole was pretty bad last year for the inshore Bluefin bite, other then the reports above which not many were able to take advantage of, some nice fish caught early just South of Shinni****, and some fish caught South of the HA for a few days, I didn't hear of much else happening. In fact, I'm sure others were caught, but I am the only person I know that caught a Bluefin inshore last year, it was not a good season for them.
Between vacation plans and the weather I was not able to try and cash in on any of that action, I did however hear scattered reports of some fish being taken. That's a tough fishery. I think we were dealing with migrating fish that stopped to feed. The problem I think was that they were over such a wide area, East of the Needle down to Atlantic Beach, from 20' to 60', with no 1 real piece of structure you could pin point that was holding them. They were here, there, and everywhere. These fish commonly move 40 miles or more in a day in serch of food. I think something was holding them there but you could not employ some of the more traditional chunk methods we use when there are fish at the Mudhole or Barcardi. I would not be surprised if you opened up one of these fish and found Stripe Bass in their stomachs.
FishersLand, I still have not had a chance to read Tred's articile, is this the last page thing he does in Sport Fishing, or is it something else. I enjoy reading Tred.
Again, not have seen that articile, but in trying to answer your question, no, I do not and would no travel to the deep in search of Bluefins early in the season. I think it is too far of a trip to go out looking for them. If I am picking this up correctly, I assume Tred was talking about catching Bluefin out there early in the season. The Bluefin do migrate out in the deep, and they migrate in much shallower water too. I think they travel many different "highways". To me it is too much of a hit and miss thing to try and target these fish. If I see them, I give it a shot. To tell you the truth, for me, it is just pure luck that I stumble upon them for the Spring fish. I have a lot of respect for Tred, maybe he knows something, I don't.
(This post edited by MakoMatt on 03/02/2003)