As far as ANY of us here at the Frances Fleet are concerned, today’s fishing on the first 7am full day trip after Irene ravaged our local waters, FAR EXCEEDED any possible expectations that any of us could have had. To be blunt and fair it would not have been surprising after such a blow if there was going to be some trouble even settling the pool but today’s fishing was downright respectable to good on any given day and AMAZING only three days after such a blow! Longtime regular Robert Lee from Demerest NJ took the pool with a fine 9.2lb slab that just narrowly beat out another fish of 8.7lbs and a few others in the 8lb range. Robert amassed a total of 5 fine keeper fluke and a half a dozen jumbo sea bass, most of which were in the 3-4lb range. The word for the rest of the crew was of good sea bass fishing with a lot of jumbo sea bass taken, most in the 2 to 4lb range with a few bigger ones mixed in, some nice size fluke and some short fluke. Quite a few big porgies to well over 2lbs, and a few good size ocean blues. A number of other anglers also had several good size sea bass apiece to go along with at least a few good size keeper fluke. Again awesome for soon after such a horrific weekend of weather. First mate Derrick reported that double white small bucktails fished hi lo style was the hot ticket today although nice fluke and sea bass were taken on various types of terminal gear. Capt. Rich looks foward to another gorgeous day of weather tomorrow with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am.