I do own a fresh water pole and only really use when I go up to Maine. I did catch an at least 4 lb large mouth bass on it, but since no one was with me, nobody believes me
I do wish I can go deep sea fishing more often. I'm not in Matt's boat where I "chum" all day and just love being out in the open ocean. One time, it was me, my father, his friend and his son, about 28 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. We didn't catch much that day but being so far out was cool. We did see a huge sunfish though.
Another time, same group, not as far out. We hit a school of blues and were reeling in fish after fish. I swear, we must have caught 200 fish that (which might be an exaggeration due to my then teenage mind, but it was quite alot of fish). It was getting to the point where, if we caught a small fish, we'd leave it on the line and throw it back in as "bait" for larger fish. A pretty cool day
I've had this happen too. You run into a school of bluefish, and they're just in a feeding frenzy. I pulled at least 13 blues out myself one time, and one was the pool winning fish of the trip. I think that one was around 8 or 9 pounds. And this was early in the season. They get even bigger come October, usually about 20 pounds or so.
Bluefish are such a good fighting fish, but they're terrible for eating. They're really oily, and there's only a few good ways to prepare them. If you want a good eating deepsea fish go for stripers, fluke, or flounder. At least in the northeast, that is.