Old Robins Branch Fishing Report

Pushlished On: September 4, 2022

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Old Robins Branch Fishing Report

Pushlished On: September 4, 2022

Fishing

Fun trips!

Old Robins Branch

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Frank Breakell
Stone Harbor, NJ
  • At Brynnie-B, we go where the fish are!
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Frank Breakell
At Brynnie-B, we go where the fish are!
Stone Harbor, NJ

This was my weekend of fun trips. I had Tim, Dave, and his son Jake out on Saturday. And on Sunday, I had Dean, his mom, sister, and her fiance out.
Saturday was supposed to be 2' seas at 10 seconds. For any non-boaters, this means the ocean is flat. The reality was 2-3' chop at 1 second or less. Manageable, but bumpy. We ran out a good way and set up for trolling. We pulled four small metals and Clark spoons behind the boat at six MPH. We had our first knock down as we approached a lump. It was a drag burner, but it managed to spit the hook. Our second take came on a turn at the point of the lump. After a spirited battle Jake landed a nice false albie. We ended up catching two more on the troll. We switched up tactics and rigged up three rods to target sharks. We set one of the albie carcasses out along with a chum bag too. We had a nice drift, good spread, great chum slick, but no sharks. We drifted for about and hour and a half. Thank God for the sandwiches and Tim's Old Bay cheesy pools. Eating was at least helpful in easing the pain of no fish. We finally had enough, pulled the rods and ran to the reef. We drifted over several wrecks and caught a bunch of nice sea bass. Keeper sized too. And of course the season is closed, so they all went back. With the lack of sharks and flounder, and the frustration of not being able to keep the nice sea bass, we called it a day.
Sunday was Dean's day. It has been a year in the making. We kept pushing the trip back last year due to weather. Today was the day, and it was perfect. Today we had the 2' or less at ten seconds conditions. You know it's calm when you can zip along at 35mph in the ocean.
We hit the reef and worked over so.e rubble. Dean, and everyone else, pulled in sea bass. There were a few short fluke in the mix too. Everywhere we tried it was sea bass. There were also a few croakers in the mix, small sea robin, and one skate. Finally, drifting along a wreck, Dean hooked an 18" fluke. We picked at fish on various pieces of rubble, and over wrecks all morning. We moved to the opposite end of the reef to try different structure. While drifting across so.e really snaggy stuff I had my rod go over hard. I pulled up a really nice four or five pound fluke. Dean grabbed the net, but the head came off as he tried to scoop the fluke. He grabbed the head, and my nice fluke spit the hook. Easy come, easy go. We made a few more drifts and got more sea bass, then called it a day.
Back at the ramp it was a complete cluster f#ck. There was a boat on the ramp and the dork was taking his sweet time getting out. The next boat down had owners that looked to be waiting for the reaper to claim their souls. We offered help, but they were content being slow. The jet ski dweeb got tired of waiting and used the other side of the ramp and cleared out quickly. I pulled my boat in to pull out and an a$$hole decided to pull his boat down and dunk it. They he asked me when I was pulling out. I explained to him that he was an a$$hole, and that there was a thing called ramp etiquette, which he was breaking. He didn't comprehend as I wasn't speaking f#cktard. So I went and fetched my trailer and pulled out and got away from the rampant stupidity.
Thank God it's Labor Day weekend. The shore is back in the hands of it's rightful owners. Sanity may now return...
Tight Lines!

Gear & Tackle Used:

spinning rods in various weights. we trolled, then shark fished, then hit wrecks. 

Popularity

Light Fishing Pressure

Water clarity

Crystal Clear, Over 12 Feet

Scenic setting

Rocks/Boulders

Bait

Spoon

Catches

Total catches2

albacore tuna

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Total catches - 1

Species Name : Thunnus Alalunga

Habital : Offshore

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black sea bass

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Total catches - 1

Species Name : Centropristis Striata

Habital : Offshore, Onshore, Nearshore, Wreck, Reef

Weight :

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