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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/28/2019 18:54 PM

Location: Raritan Bay NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
This is my #20 striper. Details of the day in my previous post.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/28/2019 18:52 PM

Location: Raritan Bay NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Fished with my son Jason today aboard the Sea Hunter. Found the bass on top early and had a good pick most of the day with some better flurries as well as some lulls. Jason out fished me 5-1. His biggest of the day was this #30. His other ranged from the high teens to mid 20’s. My lone bass was around #20. 4 out of his 5 came on a 2 ounce white casting Mojo and his other (as well as mine) came on a 9” swim shad.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/19/2019 11:50 AM

Location: Raritan Bay NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Another keeper sized striper from my trip earlier this week.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/19/2019 11:48 AM

Location: Raritan Bay NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Finally made my first trip of 2019, as I was itching to get in on the hot stripper bite. Went out on 4/17 in the afternoon. Fort to the grounds and found strippers blowing up over a large area. I ended the trip catching 7 stripers—5 of those keeper size to #20. I also missed another 12-15 bites. All fish were released and all caught on a 6” white swim shad.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 05/14/2018 8:39 AM

Location: Raritan Bay West Reach NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
I set up a striper charter several months ago and invited my Stackfish buddy Capt. Blaq Sparrow. The bite was slow for the fleet but we did manage to catch 3 stripers with Capt. Blaq (pictured above) catching one of those. All fish were taken trolling Mojo rigs.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Big Mike

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 01/19/2018 1:32 AM

Location: Far Rockaway NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
This catch was caught on october 10th 2014 few miles off rockaway beach queens NY. It was a 41 inch beauty. School of stripers jumping out the water like tuna just pounding a school of bunker, i also used a diamond jig lure throwing into the bait bail and got lucky.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Big Mike

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 01/19/2018 1:17 AM

Location: Far Rockaway NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Caught this beauty in july of 2015, 5 miles off rockaway beach Queens NY not far from the shore i was using a diamond jig, jiggin from the bottom of sea floor about 47 feet deep. At first thought i was stuck on sea bed or rock until It took off on me taking alot of line. Me and my buddy chased it down like it was a marlin but it was a great fight caught many more big ones on that trip

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 09/18/2017 1:37 AM

Location: Montauk NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
When you're trying to eel for bass but the blues are in thick...long night. We definitely worked hard for them on this night. Capt.Tom put us over some slobs, and we caught our limit...Screaming Drag!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 07/25/2017 21:12 PM

Location: Montauk NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Personal best (from a boat) Striper! 45", 27" girth, and all of 40lbs...line backer!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 07/25/2017 12:48 PM

Location: Montauk NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Happy Birthday to me! This was a redemption trip. Last year I chartered with Capt. Thomas LaSala for my birthday and I was the only one that didn't catch a Striper...this year same trip however, I caught three 40lbs fish. Thanks Capt. Tom for yet another slammer trip.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 06/27/2017 17:35 PM

Location: Brooklyn NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
It's been so long since I caught a striper I almost forgot how they look, fight, smell, and let alone taste like. It felt real good to get the skunk off in a major way with a wine red bucktail too...Screaming Drag!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 05/04/2017 19:08 PM

Location: Brooklyn NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
The high winds we've been having has made fishing tough. Bait is around, Stripers, and Blues are too...but I just can't get to them. patiently waiting for the wind to lay down.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/24/2017 21:50 PM

Location: Brooklyn NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Now this is a bit more satisfying. Springtime 🐖's on metal lip swimmers in the night are worth loosing some sleep over.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 04/24/2017 21:42 PM

Location: Brooklyn NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
First fish of the season for me! 11lbs healthy fish. I'll take it...the next fish was a bit more satisfying.

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 12/16/2016 20:13 PM

Location: Long Island NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
Spring time-I set two major goals this season that consisted of bait fishing a lot more. I felt like I could’ve done better in 2015 if I used bait ( completely out of my comfort zone) when the conditions called for it instead of limiting myself to lures only…have to give them what they want. I also set might sight on catching a striped bass in the 20lbs class because for the three seasons I’ve been fishing for stripers I just haven’t broken into the class just yet. The first trip of the season with Joe but neither of us had bait. We both skunked at both locations. However, I saw one angler at each location leaving with 15lbs fish…on bait. I spent my next three trips bait fishing with no success. I consulted two of the best guys I know are doing well using bait.

Lou and V both confirmed my setup was in order, and I just have to put myself in the presence of big fish to get the job done. I continued to fish lures, and bait for a few weeks without any fish landed. Avi and I put a master plan together one night. Avi left it up to me to decide where we will fish for the night based on the three places he just finished recon on. That night I caught my first fish of the season…personal best fish too! We spent the remainder of the spring bait fishing, and snagging and drop. I did much better bait fishing catching a fish almost every week while Avi was shining bright with his weighted treble hook.

Summer time-This summer was HOT in both the temperature and fish…if you traveled that is. I got into a few small fish close to home but it seemed like the larger fish skipped my area to set up good out east. I made my first trip to the Cape Cod Canal for the first time of the season meeting up with AL, Rob, Julius, Angel, and troy We all left with at least one fish landed but it wasn’t the kind of bite we were looking for. My next few trips to the canal were night and day differences. I was able to land a 41.5” bass that should’ve easily put me into that 30lbs class but I was robbed. That fish only weighed 22lbs and took the spot for my personal best length fish.

I spent just about three to four nights a week fishing Montauk this season. That’s where I seem to catch up to all the blue fish that just never showed up in the spots I normally catch them. I was a part of one bluefish bite that lasted the whole day…I quit at the eighth hour when I went five cast without a hooked fish, and my arms could no longer fight them…The Guppy Pencil is a work of art in my eyes. It seemed like each time I was getting into an epic bite the Guppy was the only plug catching. I became attached to it not wanting to loose with all the battle scars/plug mojo on that thing. I was even able to take my four-year-old daughter fishing for the first time…She’s an Antoine for sure! In 2017 she will be with me more often.

Fall time-This fall was one I will never forget. Lou, Joe, Steve, Reagan, V and I were dialed in on fish throughout right up until the end of the season like the true cow hunters we are. When the False Albacore showed up Lou and I had them for a day. After so many seasons trying I finally caught quite a few albies eight landed, and five dropped. They were so thick many anglers continued to catch them for weeks. After that trip, I had no desire to fish for them, and my attention turned right back to stripers! The Northeaster we had in October was the most memorable bite I was a part of. Lou was there to get 98% of it on video with his GoPro and made some nice clips of the night time action leaving the daytime bites out to keep the integrity of the many spots we hit during that wonderful time to fish Montauk.

As the bait, and fish began to migrate west we were in hot pursuit. I've had a few really frustrating nights due to the fact that my friends would catch fish 30lbs and up during the hours I couldn't join them. I would go to the same spot later that evening hoping to finally get into the 30's but many times I would catch but no 30's...I was still happy to be catching keepers but my beloved 30 plus kept leading me on. There was one trip I was able to catch my personal best weight bluefish that was 18-20lbs, and a cookie cutter bass while many went to NJ. We waited a week for our second attempt at these migratory fish.

When the fish crossed over to NJ things seemed to both speed up, and slow down. If you were not there when the fish were going nuts you just missed them trying to get in on that bite. I was fortunate enough to get in on a few NJ bites with Lou but nothing like what took place on Thanksgiving, and the first wave before that...hope to change that in 2017. I've been known to chase stripers from MA to VA just like any Cow hunter should when time and conditions permit it. This is not just a hobby for me. It's more of a lifestyle. I've fished double the time of my 2015 season, and have caught easily double the amount of fish so what does that tell you? You have to be out there!

As of now, only one goal is in order for 2017 but who knows what this offseason will bring us as we get ready for the next striper season... Stay Bent!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 12/16/2016 19:55 PM

Location: Long Island NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
The 2016 Striped bass season turned out to be the season of personal best. I have never seen so many anglers get their best fish in one season as I did in 2016. I was fortunate enough to personal best three times. Though the forth fish I was focusing the most on was never landed in 2016. When the season started I was focused on breaking into the 20 lbs class of fish because in my 2015 season I just couldn’t get it done. My first fish landed for the 2016 season was a 25lbs ( towards the end of the season I discovered my Repala fish gripper was off by 3lbs VS a Boga 60) bass…first fish and it’s my personal best? I just knew this was going to be an epic season. I then set my sights on the 30 class of fish with the rest of my season.



I love to fish the Cape Cod Canal just as much as Montauk. I put my time in on the Canal, and this season it finally paid off. I caught a good amount of fish each trip but the one that is forever burned into my memories is when I caught a 41.5” bass that only weighed 22lbs…I was robbed of a sure 30 with this skinny and long fish. That catch split my personal best striper between two fish, and it didn’t make me feel good about it. I caught several stripers at the same weight a few times but I just couldn’t tip the scale into that 30lbs class. This will only push me further next season to get my first 30lbs striper.



The Bluefish seem to be a bit off for me this season. They seem to not show up in any of the spots I normally do well on them this season. However when I found them in Montauk I had them for long hours at a time making up for the many trips they were MIA. I was able to find my personal best weight this fall while hunting for bass. I caught a 38”, 14lbs gator last season in MTK, this fish was only 34” long but tipped the scale at 18-20lbs…I never seen a bluefish with a girth like this one. That was a nice way to finish the season after not catching too many of them. I can hardly wait until they start showing up again…Stay Bent!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 11/27/2016 0:54 AM

Location: Far Rockaway NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
No need to head out to NJ just yet was my thought after catching this fish. I hesitated to join everyone else in taking another trip to NJ, and was rewarded with a pair of 20lbs fish! But what a difference a week can make...Stay Bent!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 11/18/2016 10:26 AM

Location: Long Island NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
I decided to check on an old stomping ground with Lou on this night. We never made it to that location because the site of a billion bunker, and some getting smashed by fish was too good to pass up. Snag and drop wasn't how they wanted to eat, Lou had to take care of some business so he left, and I wasn't done yet so I snagged a bunch for my next plan of attack. With so much bait in the water I figured the larger bass will not hit lures, and my best bet at catching them tonight would be to chunk...sometimes you have to give them what they want. While the other anglers where catching the rats plugs that was feeding on the spearing along with the large mullet I stuck to my guns and landed this 34" 15lbs (this photo dose the fish no justice so click the link to see me holding the fish as reference) fall time bass. It's not the class of fish I'm after but I will deffinantly take it...Stay Bent!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 11/14/2016 16:01 PM

Location: Long Island NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
I have a rule of thumb that often works well when fishing "dark" nights, and "bright" nights. I use lighter colored plugs when it's dark (like new moon phases) out. See the last report with the light blue bottle in the fish mouth for an example of a dark night catch. When it's very bright out (like during the full moon phases) I'm primarily using the darkest color plugs I have...black is best.

I'm not one to get crazy on the "color" of a plug. I pay more attention to the profile, shade, action, the plugs ability to handle the conditions, and what bait it best mimics. Most of my plugs are white, yellow, blue, and black/dark. I know many have different rules of thumbs for fishing the moon phases so I'd love to know what are some of yours? Stay Bent!

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fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine

Catch Date: Not Specified

Story Date: 11/14/2016 15:43 PM

Location: Long Island NY

Category: Bass, Striped

Fishing Report:
A solo trip that was intended to get the skunk off on some schoolies. I caught countless sub keepers...then some nicer fish showed up!

I originally went to a spot that was producing cows at first light...I just can't make a first light bite. So I fish when I can with hopes they're still around. I skunked badly, and just couldn't call it a night. I get a little nutty when I don't catch so I made a stop to a spot I knew would be holding either snappers or schoolies. When I arrived schoolies were busting bait, then bunker showed up...I took one cast, had three hook ups but they all came off. Next cast two hook ups, and the came off. Eventually I landed the fish in the video, and lost three other good fish. This was well worth a peak...Stay Bent!

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