9/28 – We had Ray C and his long time childhood friends out on a gorgeous Sunday for what will hopefully be an annual trip for this great group of guys. Ray won this trip in a silent auction donation to The Janet Fund, which is dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death in New Jersey’s youth through awareness, legislation, AED placement and training. It is the goal of The Janet Fund to make Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) available in every school in NJ and make them commonplace on playing fields. We started off the day targeting bonita and false albies, but they were more scarce today and we struggled to find them on the troll. To give these guys some action, they agreed to do some bottom fishing knowing it was catch and release on the sea bass. One stop on a wreck provided all the bottom fish action with countless (and big) sea bass being released, blackfish, and other bottom dwellers being pulled up. Dense schools of mackerel arrived, and the guys switched over to some light tackle to fight these plentiful macks. The guys quickly filled a big cooler with the macks, and added some bonita on the jig. Back at the dock, mate Darryl treated the guys to some delicious bonita sashimi as the guys traded stories about the day. Their trip was a perfect reminder of what being on the water is all about!