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May 2012 Blog Posts (34)

Thursday may 17, 2012

THIS A SKATE MEAL -- JUST IN TIME FOR FLUKE SEASON 

Thursday, May 17, 2012: Briskifying NE winds have ocean-bassing smaller craft ducking back into the bay, midday. There are/were real nice bass in recent days – though “rcent days” and “today” never

 

The fluking inside has been spotty with the…

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Added by jaymann on May 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

May 16 2012 weekly blog

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO: Life is always throwing clandestine profundities at me. Perfect example: Driving up Rte. 9 over the weekend, I eyed a billboard advertising the New Jersey Lottery. Taking up almost the entire sign surface were the weighty words: “Win Before Your Neighbor Does.”

What a weird frickin’ concept.

I have always liked my neighbors, but, just like that, this billboard spoke to me. Its words began sprouting in my brain, like tiny little paranoia…

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Added by jaymann on May 15, 2012 at 7:54pm — No Comments

SIMPLY BASSIN 2012 -- MAY 20

Entrant      Date      Weight    Length            Site        Bait         Date          Shop

Standing                   lbs/oz       Girth                                        Weighed

                (Of catch)

1) John Parzych

5/12

31/1…

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Added by jaymann on May 14, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Sunday May 13, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012: I expected some reports glittering with fish scales but short of very decent boat bassing things have come up sorta short. “Jay, Fished my street end and the only fish I caught was a 22-inch bass on my first cast with a jig and about an hour later another small bass on clams. Talked with a guy who caught a 31 inch striper last week but has been skunked lately. The water looks great. …H.M. (Cherry Hill). 

 

At least you saw rod action, Hal. And I’m not…

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Added by jaymann on May 13, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Friday May 11. 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012: Gorgeous out there. Light west winds and ideal air temps. I’m guessing by the chatter and the number of vehicles on LBI bearing rods that more than a few anglers played hooky (pun intended) today. Also, a huge number of hardworking sorts purposely do long weeks (6-dayers) during the winter so they can string together a load of “long weekends” from now through fall.

 

Interestingly, I had an economics professor (I was interviewing for a non-fishing story)…

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Added by jaymann on May 11, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Thursday May 10 --

Thursday, May 10, 2012: Rains have finally ceased, many areas got an inch of what’s called soaking rains. That actually doesn’t mean the total amount of rain as much as it means the duration that measurable rain feel. We were pushing a solid 18 hours of moisture, ideal for plants. The up side is there wasn’t a torrential downpour so runoff shouldn’t overly impact the bay.

 

I’m betting this weekend might really take-off angling-wise. Fluke, blues, bass, drum and blowfish are…

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Added by jaymann on May 10, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wed. May 9, 2012 --

Wednesday, May 09, 2012: Weather has taken a turn for worse, considering the forecast hadn’t predicted nearly this much drippage as we’re seeing – all frickin’ day.

Once again, it’s better to look at the big picture – and the sky-high chance of a wicked drought this arriving summer. The more rain we can put into the system – including the deep-down aquifers – the better we’ll weather the dryness to come.

 

If the droughtiness does settle in, it can have a huge impact on…

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Added by jaymann on May 9, 2012 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Weekly Blog-about May 9

 Weekly Blog-about May 9

 

 

Well, it seems I’m no longer a full-blown fellow American, despite my devout, Taliban-targeting, gun-totting, ground-worshipping, Born in the U.S.A. nationalism. In fact, It seems I’m attached to the American fabric by one badly frayed thread.

I was crudely advised of my shaky homeland status while obediently trying to renew my NJ driver’s license.…

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Added by jaymann on May 9, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Monday may 7, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012: Ground swell has it roughed up out there. Light fishing pressure along the beach – and even out in the ocean --despite some decent bass hookups.

 

The news has been the cows mixing in with the grazers. I know of three fish over 40 pounds taken in the suds. This could make for an insane Simply Bassin’ tourney beginning this coming weekend. Remember to sign up prior to landing a 50-pounder.

 

Fluking remains a slow launch. Then there was a bag…

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Added by jaymann on May 7, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Sunday May 6, 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012: Goodly number of fishing folks this weekend, mainly due to fluke starting gun going off. However, I don’t have rousing reports of flatties much less any doormats. Via Facebook, I got a few “slow” to “zippo” reports. An angler named Allen, new to this (saltwater) area and this website, had an interesting experience where he and a buddy were chumming mussels for blowfish (see more below) and switched over to do some jigging (freshwater plastics) and took a 19-inch fluke…

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Added by jaymann on May 6, 2012 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Sat. Cinco de mayo.

Saturday, May 05, 2012: While it’s far from a beauty out there this a.m., I just misted up a nice bass, as fat as a 28-incher can get. I momentarily saw it as an evening dinner but for some reason talked myself out of it, possibly through meta-messages sent my way by the fish.

 

It went for my new favorite throwback lure: a 60-year-old tin squid with a fake eel tied on. Infuriatingly, I lost it the squid on the rocks a few casts later, trying to get it as close as possible to…

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Added by jaymann on May 5, 2012 at 11:19am — No Comments

May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012: There are some larger stripers in the surf, both IBSP and even LBI. These are what I call rogue or solo bass, different from resident bass and stalk-schooled bass.

We’re really too early in the season for bona fide resident stripers. As the name and mannerism implies, these small- and medium-sized stripers hang close to the beach and jetties throughout the summer. They often come into the surfline during higher tides and/or at night,…

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Added by jaymann on May 3, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012: Buddies of mine headed north out of BL and hit bait and blues. It was when they distanced themselves from the baitballs they hit rouge bass, one a 22-pounder. Stretches. The IBSP action will remain steady – and maybe pick up with all the bunker baitballs. Just make sure to time those oncoming onshore easterly winds tomorrow.

 

Surf fishing getting more interesting on LBI. Think variety: chunks, worms, plugs, jig – the whole shebang. See what salutes…

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Added by jaymann on May 1, 2012 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Weekly blog -- May 2, 2012

 

HERE I AM!: I was looking at a list of the most laughably ludicrous outdoors stories in recent years. I just have to pass on the winner, and a lawyer joke to boot.

Attorney Ben Lipscomb went duck hunting in a heavily swamped area of Arkansas and was put upon by flood conditions. Take it from me, in Arkansas you can get in real deep, real fast. Talk about some serious outback.

When Lipscomb didn’t return home as scheduled, rescue efforts were launched. State and…

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Added by jaymann on May 1, 2012 at 9:11pm — No Comments

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