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Celtic Quest

September 9, 2019:
Capt. Mark DeJong of the Celtic Quest Fleet out of Port Jefferson reported the first trips of the week saw a dramatic improvement in overall fishing action. The catch consisted mainly of scup, but the fares also hauled in blues, a handful of sea bass and the occasional weakfish. Mark noted that when the tides ran hard the blues ran hard. AVA 47 diamond jigs without tubes did a slam dunk on fish from 1 to 3-pounds with a few 5-pounders hitting the deck. On Saturday evening action was very good on quality scup and quite a few cocktail blues mixed in. Sunday morning's run saw a similar catch of quality porgies along with blues, a few sea bass and a couple of weakfish. The afternoon trip saw a pickier bite. However, he feels that overall we are seeing positive signs of a fine fall run in the making. Mark noted that this week saw some of the best bluefishing the area has seen in years and quite a few schoolie bass were mixed in.



Previous Reports

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    Capt. Mark DeJong of the Celtic Quest Fleet in Port Jefferson reported some days were quite good and other days were a disappointment. Earlier in the week the fares enjoyed a good shot at blues in the 2 to 3-pound range that were smacking A47 diamond jigs. The jigs also enticed quite a few schoolie bass and some sea bass as well. Porgy action has been slowly improving in the deeper water.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    Capt. Mark DeJong of the Celtic Quest Fleet in Port Jefferson reported some porgy trips were really good while others were very picky. Some blues were found on the running tide with a few short bass mixed in. Sea bass are around and showed some improvement.

  • August 5, 2019 Open or Close

    Capt. Mark DeJong of the Celtic Quest Fleet in Port Jefferson reported porgy action ran hot and cold as on some trips the scup had lockjaw. He was forced to stay inside last week because of the hard tide and currents. A couple of sea bass came up on each trip. A winter flounder of 3-pounds was caught and released.

  • July 15, 2019 Open or Close

    Capt. Mark of the Celtic Quest Fleet in Mattituck reports the boat fished out at Mattituck for one week only and found quality over quantity with some very nice keeper fluke, jumbo sea bass and big porgies being taken this week. The Celtic Quest IV should hopefully be back this fall for the start of tog fishing.

Celtic Quest

Celtic Quest
118 West Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
phone: 631-928-3926


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