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ONLY 3 Spots left for Panama March 2016

Finally the Stripers arrive!  After two very tough days of fishing it broke open again this morning.  We had a good start chasing schools of 5-14 pound Blues with Quincy boating 4 before 9:30am.   Once the blues backed off the Striped Bass erupted and we had our first good shot of Stripers of the 2015 season.  Some on jigs and others on live bunker.  Sunday & Monday look calmer than Saturday for our daily open boat  7:30am trips.  Magic Hour Sunday has only 7 open spots left. Sunday Magic Hour is limited to 25 pass max and is by reservation only

May 18 & 19 

No participants today.   Wednesday Gang will be down tomorrow so we will definitely have enough to sail
May 17 
Happy Birthday  21st, to crew member Trevor.  Sunday was the best day of the week.  Calm seas and good action for Blues in the 5-13 pound class.  Many had 4-6 blues each.  We will not sail Monday but will be back at it the rest of the week 
See ya aboard 

May 16
Another productive day!  Taylor and her Father Greg proudly display some  of their big blues caught on a green-tailed diamond jig. Those who didn't listen to the weatherman were delighted with hazy sun and calm seas to go with ok action. Sunday is supposed to be nicer and calm again

May 14
Opposite of yesterday ok most of morning and slow after 11:30.  Most had 1-3 blues of mixed size to 13 pounds high hook had 5.  Friday weather looks very nice

May 12

Did not sail no participants 

May 11
Fog again and it hurt us today.  We saw lots of fish but they were not very hungry after a 3 day bing they were on.  most caught a fish or 2 and high hook had 3. 
May 10
May 9 
Remember we do not sail on Mother's Day

Another spectacular day! Super action all on jigs again today.  Crabman was high hook with over 25 Blues in the 7-12 pound range.  David Rosenblatt caught close to his limit.  The two pose below showing off their catch.  We will have enough to sail Monday. See ya aboard 

May 7
What a nice day on the water! Calm seas bright sunshine lots of fish finning, swirling and following but not many takers. `Hopefully they bite tomorrow

May 5 & 6 
No try Tuesday and no participants Wednesday.  Weather looks very nice Thursday, Friday into the weekend.  The Wednesday Gang will be down on Friday this week
May 4
Started out a calm beautiful morning!  We managed one long drift picking a fish or two with a pause.  After 10:30am the rest of the day was a struggle.  The South wind started to blow the water temps dropped like a rock and the fish got lockjaw. Jack Schocklin did finish the day with a few.  Bert was aboard again and had a handful.  Richie"1000" poses with a nice one below

May 3
Slower start this morning but by days end we had a very good catch of BIG BLUES all on jigs.  Tailed Diamonds red & green along with gold Krocs worked best today.  Bert was high hook with 14 Blues.  We did one Jumbo Striper which was lost just as we were about to put a gaff in it the jig pulled.  The weather looks phenomenal for Monday!  Samantha & Tom pose with a few of there nice catch! Come on down

May 2
Wow What a Start!  Lots of Big Blues to 14 pound pool winner. High Hook was Jose from Sicklerville, NJ with 26 Blues.  A-27 green, red & yellow all worked well as did the Gold Kroc's.  Weather looking SUPER Sunday & Monday.  See ya aboard! 

April 17

Weather is finally starting to co-operate this week.  We need a few more days and all projects plus a few extras will be complete.  The Queen is looking better than ever!  Stripers like temps in the mid to upper 40's so it will take another week or more to get a few more degrees.  When the fish show up we will start, hopefully the weekend of April 25th, if not the following weekend May 2.  Don't be fooled, many will start fishing even though there are little or no fish to catch.  Last year it took until May 6
April 4
Happy Easter and Passover!  The winter has been long COLD and hard to get all the work done, but we are almost ready for the season with a few weeks to go. The water is VERY COLD, 39 degrees the other day.   A warm couple of weeks would set up back to normal.  Here are some pics from the winter/spring 

Dec 20
Great Trip to Paradise Fishing Lodge Dec 10-17

Erik with a nice Roosterfish!
The Crew of the Queen Mary on Vacation in Panama!  

Start planning for March 2016!  Paradise Fishing Lodge in Panama was lots of fun!   The amenities were fabulous and the fishing was full of Variety.  The scenic panorama was spectacular fishing near and around many uninhabited Islands.  Tackle was top notch, food was delicious, accommodations very comfortable, boats in good shape.  Hoping to get 16 people & fill the lodge with a Queen Mary crew next season.  Cost on the high side is approx $4000 not including Flight to Panama City.  If interested call me 732-996-2579

Rick with a Big Rooster!

Dave with a Big Cubera Snapper & Rick with a Rock Snapper

Dec 5

It's a Wrap!  Thanks to all for another SUPER SEASON!  Happy Holidays & Wonderful New Year to all.  See ya in the Spring approx April 25 for the 2015 opener
Dec 3
Great Day!  Super Action with short Stripers.  Stoney won the pool with a 31" Bass.  Tyson, Laura & Dana combined for close to 30 Bass.  The Party was fun with lots of food, drinks and laughs.  We will try tomorrow as the weather looks sunny, calm and temps close to 50.  See ya aboard

Dec 1

Best Action in over 2 weeks today!! Many customers were in double digits or very close. High-hook was 16 Stripers. Jim Stives poses with his pool winner and had another 10 short Bass. Bob Gieson shows off one of his 14 Stripers, all released unharmed. Weather looks tough tomorrow, so no sailWednesday, weather looking nice again for our Customer Appreciation Day. 6:30am departure with a 1pm return cost $50 per person. After fishing we host a Holiday Party across the street at Farrel's Restaurant. Hope to see you aboard Wednesday!!! No reservations necessary.

Nov 30
DId not sail today, Sunday,  but the report was similar to Saturdays decent action with mainly Short Bass with a couple keepers in the mix.  Much Better Saturday! We had action with mainly short Bass most of the morning. High hook was Gary Rossnagel with 7 Stripers

ov 23
Another Tough Day!  Sunday was terrible for the Pt. Pleasant Fleet.  The encouraging info is there was plenty of fish heading South from Long Island.  Lots of Blues were found late by the Northern Fleet with in range of us.  Lets hope tomorrows storm move the main body of fish into our area for the Thanksgiving week.  WE WILL NOT SAIL MONDAY! TUESDAY WE WILL SAIL OUR STRIPER MARATHON 6:30am.   Thanksgiving day 6am -12noon, Friday through Sunday regular 7:30am departure
Nov 22
OK action early for mainly short Bass with a keeper mixed in!  Sunday looks like the nicest day in a while.  See ya aboard 
Nov 20
Good Action with Stripers with a few Blues mixed in.  The Bass were all short fish in the 23"-27" class.  We did have a few that were very close.  The Stripers were feeding on rain fish, a very small spearing like fish.  Those who had Tsunami 5" Split tail lures or similar soft plastics did well.  Jigs did catch some but not nearly as well.  Vanessa Lawton had fun catching her first few Stripers today.  Jack Schocklin was Hi-hook with 11 Bass and Karl had 7.   Party Time Josh finally caught on late in the day and got hot for a while.  No Sail Friday, due to more high winds.  Weekend weather is looking very nice.  See ya aboard Saturday
Nov 16
Tough Day today with about 2 dozen Blues and a few short Bass.  Storm followed by cold and windy for Monday & Tuesday.  NO SAIL MONDAY & TUESDAY   Thursday looks to be best day of week
Nov 15
Saturday was cold but the winds dropped out and the Blues bit.  We did have a few bass in the mix a couple shorts and a couple keepers to 36".  Sunday looks like a very nice day! 
Nov 13
No sail today and we will not try Friday due to high winds.  
Weekend looks nice! 
Nov 12
Another fine day aboard the Queen! Lots of action with Blues in the 5-10 pound range along with a mix of Stripers.  We did keep a few along with a bunch of short Bass. Joe Kukura had a nice keeper Bass to go along with 8 Blues.  Thursday and Friday are a NO SAIL, due to high winds associated with a strong cold front coming in tonight into tomorrow.  The weekend looks nice!  See ya aboard

Nov 11
Turned out to be the best numbers of keeper Bass in over a week.  The bite was late and green tail jigs caught most with a few on the live bunker.  We picked a bunch of Blues with a few short bass most of the day until I found an area of fish on the way home this afternoon

Nov 10
Best day in a while! Good Action with Blues with Stripers mixed in today, all on jigs!  We were over the 3 mile limit so all keeper Bass had to be released.  Looks lol a nice area of fish, so let's hope they swim a half mile to the west. Remember we are SOLD OUT for Tuesday only.  Please join us Wednesday with warmer weather and calm seas holding thru Wednesday.  
Nov 9
Gorgeous Day with some action. After a frustrating morning of reading and watching splashing Bass and only carching 5 short Stripers. Capt JB headed to an area that had some Big Blues and picked away a bit with Blues to 10-12 pounds. The next wave of Bass is here just hope they bite tomorrow. Weather again looks fantastic for Monday. See ya aboard

Nov 4
Tuesday, was all Blues! I never heard of a Striper Monday until after 5pm.  Today, I read Stripers and some boats trolled them but we could not jig them.  The Blues did cooperate for a while.  Lou Fama was high hook with 6 Blues to 12 pounds, Adam won the pool with a 14 pounder, Fernando boated 4 while loosing a few.  Weather looks very nice again for tomorrow.  See ya Aboard  
Nov 3
After the biggest storm of the fall over the weekend I expected today to be a tough one.  Lots of bait still around but the Bass & Blues did not want to play.  We did catch a handful of Blues.  Tomorrow is another day!  Tuesday is our Marathon Trip so 6am departure.  See ya aboard.

Oct 31
Fast Action early slowed to a pick most of the morning.  Pete Ziemba, from Jackson, NJ had a super start boating his limit plus a bonus fish before 9:05am.  Frank Vivino, Bert, Bob all had their limits, along with many getting a nice Bass for their table.  The Bass shut off after 12noon and we picked a bunch of Blues later in the afternoon.  We will NOT SAIL Saturday as it will be too rough and Sunday may be as well.  Monday and Tuesday are looking nice

Oct 30 
The was again a very long one with me pulling my grey hair out all morning looking at fish on the fish finder and only boating a fish here and there.  Kroc's are definitely out fishing other lures.  Larger Diamond jigs seems to catch some as well as some on the large plastic shads.  I left the area I was working all day to look where I found them earlier in the week around 2:30 and arrived on scene to a few gannets diving and no other boats around at 3:15.  The fish were on top and finally hungry!   I stopped the boat started the famous Capt Dave excited shouts of "Fish stacked up 20-50 feet" and it was GAME ON!  We had one SUPER drift and another ok drift.  Many went for 1 or none in their coolers to a limit and some with more.  Many fish were hooked up and lost in the melee.  Wayne Hopkins had a limit, Ed, John Stoltenborg, Bryan Myers, Jim Lutes got a limit plus Bonus.  I was hooking up fish in-between gaffing and handing them off to those who had yet to boat one.  Weather:  Looking great Friday & Monday with this weekend maybe a blowout.  Come on down The Bite is ON! 


Oct 27
A wonderful surprise on our way in from a good day of Bluefishing, LOTS OF STRIPERS!Tomorrow is our first Striper Marathon of the fall 6:30am departure

Oct 25
Good Action Jigging Big Blues today!   We will look for Stripers along the beach tomorrow.  We are chartered this Monday Oct 27.  Tuesday is our marathon 6:30am departure

Oct 21
Not enough participation this morning!  Friday is next nice day.  See ya Friday

Oct 20
  Picked at the big blues all day with the best of the action the second half  of the day.  Tuesday looks to be another nice calm day.  We are scheduled to start  "Beat the Fleet Tuesday" our Marathon Striped Bass trips every Tuesday's.  The Bass have yet to arrive so we will go off the beach for Blues first half of day and give it a good effort inside 3 mile line looking for the Stripers later in the day. 6:30am departure tomorrow 

Oct 19
No sail too windy
Oct 18

Capt JB back at the helm today and had another nice day of jigging Jumbo Size Blues to 17 pounds.  Sunday will be windy from the west and we will look along the beach if we can't get offshore.  Monday looks to be very calm and by far the nicest day of the week

Oct 17
Very Good Action all on jigs for Jumbo Blues.  Saturday weather looks nice


Oct 14
Another fine day of jigging Blues!  Was hot and heavy until 11am then backed off to a pick.  Wednesday looks rough, so NO SAIL.  Thursday iffy with FRIDAY THE NEXT NICE DAY
Some pics from the past few days:

Oct 13
Good Action again today! All jigs mixed size blues.  Average fish 6-8 pounds but every now and then a 14-16 pounder or a 3-4 pounder. See ya aboard 

Oct 12
Very Good Action with JUMBO BLUES today! Larger jigs 47 & 67's best with or without tails, color really didn't matter.  Monday will be a very nice day, with calm seas.  Fishing is very good, weather calm. COME ON DOWN

Oct 11
No sail too rough 

Oct 10
Another fine day aboard the Queen!! Lots of Blues a few Alby mixed in. All on jigs, 47& 67 size best gold jigs worked well too.   Jack Schocklin with 26 was Hi Hook.  Bob Gieson was close behind with around 20.  
Oct 7
No Sail today and NO SAIL  WEDNESDAY due to continued Rough Seas
Oct 6
Fast Paced Jigging for all Jumbo Blues!  Very Good today.  Weather looking tough next couple days. Thursday and Friday looking best
Oct 5
All Jumbo sized Blues!  Weather may be tough Picked Away all day on jigs. Jumbo Blues to 14 pound pool winner by Bert.  Our Schedule this week: Mon, Wed, Fri normal 7:30am Blues, Tues & Thurs Inshore Tuna 4:30am depart. 
Oct 4
No sail too nasty


Oct 3
Turned out to be a SUPER DAY! Ride out we had a long big swell but no wind. I anchored up the boat and it was GAME ON! All on jigs holding 6-10 on all around the boat. By 11 it had backed off to a normal pace and we were on our way home a little early as we had our fill of all JUMBO BLUES. We are sold out Saturday but Sunday is the nicer day and plenty of room. See ya aboard

OCT 1 
Did not sail due to weather.  We will not try Thursday but Friday looks OK 
Sept 30
Wednesday we will not sail due to Rough Seas. Today's  Mudhole Tuna trip was up and down.  We did not capture any tuna but all the signs are there!   We had some Bonito & False Alby's & read lots of bait at times.  The anchovies being present is a great sign and the only other boat in the area less than 1/2 mile away did capture a 75 pound Bluefin.  The ingredients are in place.  Hopefully, Tuesday will prove more productive.   
Sept 29
Another winner!  Lots of Jumbo Blues to 14 pounds again today.  Bait was best but those who jigged caught fish too.  Dr. Jerry and Lenny combined for 20 before Len sat down and Dr. Jerry took a break.  Tomorrow, Tuesday we are Inshore Tuna 4:30am leave 1 space is available.  Wednesday & Friday are normal 7:30am Bluefish trips. Thursday is 6AM Bonito/Alby trip.  See ya aboard 
Sept 28 
Sept 28
Super Day!  Lots of Jumbo Blues and gorgeous weather.  Monday will be the nicest day of the week! Jigging was hot early and a mix of jigs and bait later in the day.   Bob & Andrew combined for over 20 jumbos.  Jim Gillespie had 10 nice Blues and a pool winning 20 pound Mahi! Come on down



Sept 27

Big Blues!  Jigs and bait produced. I read lots but we picked at the fish. Was better than expected after a huge 3 day blow. Weather looking GREAT for Sunday & Monday
Sept 24-26
No sail too Rough


Sept 21

Was a much nicer day! Found lots of Big Blues but getting them to bite was another story.  We did pick away a bit until 11am and Joe managed to boat 15 Blues.  Jigs worked better than bait.  After 11 I read the fish but we managed to boat very few from 11-12.  We drifted late and did have a few drifts where we boated some fish to end the day.  Monday, Wed & Friday are regular7:30am trips. Tuesday is Sold Out Limited trip and Thursday is our second open boat 6am departure Bonito & Alby trip  See ya aboard 


Sept 20

Still rough but wind was from South and not as hard.  Results were not up to par.  We started quickly with a nice shot of 1-3 pound Blues and I thought we were in for a good day.  We picked a few Bonito and the Blues slowed up but we caught the occasional fish.  As the day wore on we had a fish once in a while a few moves produced the odds fish.  The last hour we had a slow pick on bait in the stern on Blues, Macks and some Bonito.  Sunday's forecast is much nicer with calm seas. See ya aboard 

Sept 19

Too Rough did not sail


Sept 18

Another Good Day for Bonito!  Friday forecast is bouncy weather.  Might be better to wait until Saturday - Monday when the Ocean will be calmer. Burt, "Weatherman" George Cullin, Matt and a few others with over 15 Bonito each.  We picked all day with shots around the boat.  Jigs and bait worked equally well.  


Sept 17


Sept 16 

Fast Action again this morning for the light tackle speedsters! Bonito and Alby's cooperated very well most of the morning.  The Deadly Dick's were deadly to the Bonito that is today.  Tom Situla and his buddy combined for over 40 Bonito.  Deadly Dick's and white buck tails were their weapons of choice.  Matt was all smiles having his best Bonito day in years and capped it off with a 18 pound female Mahi!  Jim Gillespie learned the tricks today and ended up with 15 Bonito plus an Alby. Wed Gang will be down tomorrow, regular 7:30am.  Thursday is Open Boat Bonito & Alby 6 AM leave.  See ya aboard 


Sept 15

Bonito and Alby action was fast this morning. Grab your white bucktails and come on down.  Thursday is OPEN BOAT Bonito/Alby 6am leave. Wed, Fri thru the weekend is regular schedule 7:3am to 2pm Blues, Bonito & Alby.  See ya aboard 

Sept 14

Rough was word of weekend! We fished the river Saturday and had a tough day Sunday.  We did manage small Blues and a few Alby along with short weakfish

Sept 12

Another rough day at sea.  We did pick at the Bonito on both jigs and bait but the conditions were horrendous.  No current an we swung around like a barn door.  This led to tangles and if you pushed to much line you were on the bottom.  Jack Schockin started us off with a  couple on his A-17 hammered plain jig and ended up baiting another handful.  We had a shot of Alby's and some small blues too.  Remember we are SOLD OUT for Saturday but have plenty of room for Sunday.  


Sept 11

First Open Boat Bonito trip went better than expected after 3 days of a hard blow. We picked away well until 11am and then picked slower with shots to 3 & 4 at times.  Jigs, bait buck tails and some on Tsunamis all worked at times.  Matt using a variety of smaller shiny lures was hi-hook with almost 20 and Mike Cohen wasn't far behind.  Next 3 Thursdays are OPEN BOAT BONITO 6AM departures


Sept 9 No Sail today its Blowing a gale thru tonight so no go tomorrow as well.  Thursday we should be able to make our open boat Bonito/Alby trip 6AM leave.  

Sept 8

Very rough this morning, came in early &  fishing stunk.  Supposed to Blow next couple of days. We will not sail Tuesday 

Sept 7 

Took a while but when we found them the Bonito bite hard! Burt was hi-hook with over 20 Bones.  Tsunami 5" split tails were HOT 

Sept 6

Capt JB reported very good action with the Blues today with Bonito mixed in.   Blues were in the 2-3 pound range with the occasional 4 pounder.   Weather looks nice for Sunday not as hot and much less humid 


Sept 5

More of the same today, FAST PACES ACTION WITH BONITO & BLUES! 




Sept 4

What a gorgeous flat calm day.  Actually, too calm, if you ever heard such a thing.  Good action again today with lots of Bonito until 10.  A little move and 11-1 we scored well with the Blues.   Jim was hi-hook with limit of Blues and 22 Bonito.  Weather continues great, come on down 


Sept 3



Sept 2

SUPER DAY!  All State Septic does it again with another great trip!  Bonito, Albacore, Tuna, Mahi and lots of Blues!  Ty Fox from Bangor, PA was hi-hook with limit of Blues 10 Bonito and a nice Tuna to top his catch.  Erik poses with a 20 pound Mahi boated on a buck-tail.  Smiles all around today Weather looking SUPERB rest of week, come on down.


Sept 1

WOW, Another Summer com and gone.  Now we get to the best part of the fishing season, the Fall!  Capt Jb at the helm today reported better action today with limits of Blues to 3 pounds and Bonito mixed in again.  Lonny shows off his 2 Bonito, his first ever 2 Bonito day.  Here is a great way to prepare Bonito, use as main ingredient in ceviche.  DELICIOUS! Remember we are chartered tomorrow, Tuesday.  Back on our normal open boat schedule the rest of the week. Wed Gang will be down on Wednesday 


Aug 31

Lots of Bonito in the mix today!  Bert was back again today and had 6 Bonito a bunch of blues, Jim and Billy Sea Devil Refugees combine for 6 Bonito along with many blues.  Good Action all on smaller jigs both plain diamonds as well as tailed.  We are sailing Monday Labor Day!  See ya aboard 

Aug 30

Started out picking at Blues along with a few Bonito. Was ok until 11am then slacked off a bit.  Later we found a area of mackerel jigged and baited lots of Mack's with some Bonito, Blues and a nice Mahi-Mahi caught by Bert


Aug 29

Ed Pollard with a nicer Blue today. It was very rough Early this morning but the seas calmed and the day turned out beautiful. The fishing was OK with some doing very well, hi- hook had 21 Blues. Weather looking good for the weekend. See ya aboard


Aug 28

Todays action was a bit slower than earlier in the week.  We did mange to put a catch together.  Little Chris, 7, out with Grandpa Ralph, had a wonderful day.  Look at that smile!  Tomorrow is forecast to be nice with calm seas. Perfect setup is a spinner with 12 -20 pound test, A-17 size diamond jigs plain or w/tail.   Come on down 


Aug 27

Capt JB had fast action again today for Blues and Bonito!  Little Ben out with her Aunt Dolly had a blast catching the cocktail size Bluefish and boated his first Bonito ever this morning.  Weather is still SUPER!  The hurricane is hundreds of miles away and moving further away out to sea.  The seas are nice and the days sunny and perfect!  Come on down while the fishing is hot


Aug 25

Monday we had Excellent Action again today Blues, Bonito and Mackerel!  Jack and Rich combined for Limits of Blues and 5 Bonito to go with many Mackerel.  Tomorrow we are chartered.  Wednesday Thursday and Friday weather looks Great.  Grab the kids and get them aboard before school starts!! 


Aug 24

Sunday produced very good action for the Blues and Bonito mixed!  Weather is looking SUPERB for the upcoming week!  Tuesday Aug 26 we are SOLD OUT.  Plenty of room Wed, Thursday &Friday  See ya aboard 


Aug 23

Rough conditions today.  Fishing was on the slow side for Blues.  Those who put their time in did catch a few.  Sunday should be calmer with Monday looking much nicer.  


Aug 22 

Weatherman SCREW US today!  No participation so we changed oil instead!  Weather looking sunny for the weekend and really nice for early next week.  See ya aboard 


Aug 21

Gorgeous Day on the water! Flat calm, sunshine along with perfect temps made for a beautiful day!  The fishing part was not so fast but we did catch some Bonito a few Big Blues and a bunch of Mackerel. Miles, 6, p