8 May 2017
When my crab apple tree blooms, great things happen in my fishing world!! Old wives tale you say, maybe, but think about it. If it is warm enough to encourage a tree to bloom, then the water temps would be rising also. Water temps are most effected by night time temperatures.
On May 4th I went fishing with my friend Paul on his boat. We caught our first fish of the year!! My two, 12" stripers might as well have been 40 inchers I was so happy!! They were in fact the first fish I had seen since October 17, 2016 and they were the earliest fish I've caught since I've been chartering!! Three days later, my apple tree is in full bloom and I caught a lot more fish. I had 6 caught & gently released before I had put one hour on my new motor!! My total count was 20 fish from 11"s to 14"s long. I'll be going out again this afternoon and I would not be surprised to catch & release 30+. The best part is that they will be slowly getting bigger. Soon I will be able to report fish in the mid twenty's!
If anyone reading this is looking to go out on a "tune-up" charter to catch a pile of schoolies, please give me a call!