Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
So that's what a 10-pound fluke looks like. Thanks, Blake. Caught recently in west Barnegat Bay.
Saturday, July 07, 2007: Waves: Slight 2-3 foot south swell. Water clarity: Poor but improving.
Kick-ass day out there. One of the nicest this summer. Fishing however is pushing so-so and struggling to manage that. Last-nighters found the slow…Continue
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Thursday, July 05, 2007:
Winds have blown away the fishing potential. Southerly gusts to 30 mph have churned the surf (and dirtied it up) along with dropping ocean temps into the 50s. Some bayside flukers have used sedges as wind blocks but that leaves only the flatties in short drift zones, often small fish.
Winds will gradually go westerly…Continue
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We went fluking in the ICW from Holgate to BH on the 4th of July. Winds were cranking first out of the SW then to the SE. The ride there was OK till BHYC when we had 3 - 4 swells right on top of one another (Not Fun). We started our drift in holgate. On the first drift I nailed a 13' flattie that went back....I thought it was going to be a good trip, However the fluke stopped biting or we could of been drifting a little fast even with the parachute out.... The drifts were near perfect. Only…Continue
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PYKRETE IS TOTALLY COOL: It’s been pretty well established that this column likes to roam freely in fringe fishing realms – as in, stuff that has virtually nothing to do…Continue
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Monday, July 02, 2007: Waves: Small.
Thanks to the following reporters for filling in my blog today -- as I write heavily at work.
Have a few fun stories for you about this weekend. Saturday we headed out with the family for a boat trip off BH. Decided to stalk bunker schools instead of fluke fishing. I snagged a pair of bunker and…
Added by jaymann on July 2, 2007 at 10:13pm — No Comments
Sunday, July 01, 2007: Waves: Building to 2-4 feet but afternoon with a strong north to south current.
(Money for winners of Simply Bassin’ 2007 is in the shops. Go to the shop were you weighed in the bass. It was the largest turnout yet for the event, with a touch over 180 anglers, meaning the prize money was close to the 200-entrant schedule. Thanks to all those who joined…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 1, 2007 at 6:43pm — No Comments
Saturday, June 30, 2007:
Just a quick early-day note to say brown sharks are in and large. Mainly water of the South End. Sharkers have landed big fish with the famed and seemingly inevitable unstoppable run-offs thrown in. There’s always the chance of a huge bull being in the mix – and among the unstoppables when maxing out in size. With rays now showing – in small…Continue
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Thursday, June 28, 2007:
Overly clear water getting stirred a bit, as upwelling knocks down the water temps. Westerlies tonight and tomorrow will smooth things out and likely bring back that dramatically clear aqua.
Some folks are tapping bayside South End after dark and jigging up very large fluke, to over 5 pounds. Can’t give more details than that…Continue
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007:
Some fair fluking early today (Double Creek had a few of those keeper fluke spurts) then the wind played ruiner.
After a period of fine fishing I have to admit things are not so hot. In fact, they’re downright crappy for a few of my regular reports. Here’s a bit of encapsulation of that slowness:
“jay, i just couldn’t bring…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 27, 2007 at 10:58pm — No Comments
Monday, June 25, 2007: Loads of info rushing in so I’ll let it do the talking for me as I prepare for the largest SandPaper issue of the year. For my weekly column I have a un tail of a lost rod, a desperately diving spouse and a jetty that kept a marriage off the rocks.
Added by jaymann on June 25, 2007 at 9:22pm — No Comments
Anchored up in great bay Saturday night in search of the brown shark with a buddy of mine. Arrived right at dark, chum overboard, within 5 minutes zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! Gotta love it. Fish was big 15 minute fight 30lb test with 140lb wire leader and 9/0 hook, Whole fresh bunker as bait. Fish went back and forth under boat and snagged on my floating chum pot. Snapped of course!! My guess is fish was 6 foot long. I was pissed we didn't land that fish!! We had plenty of other…Continue
Added by FishFinder on June 25, 2007 at 10:46am — No Comments
Saturday, June 23, 2007: It gets no clearer – or dingier.
The nearshore water, right up to where the last of the suds dissolves into the wet sand, was so clear that the chances of catching a fish were clearly impossible. OK, so maybe a small fluke was taken near jetties but only predawn offered a serious shot at a striper. In Harvey Cedars, I was watching a fellow casting out…Continue
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Friday, June 22, 2007: Winds whipped in from the west and made for a beautiful looking day but a challenge on the angling side of things.
There were some fair showings of small bass in the suds but we’re back to a struggle for a keeper. I guess we’re getting into our resident bass set-up, though as long as we have bait pods out there, the bigger bass should be with us – even throughout the…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 23, 2007 at 12:09am — No Comments
Thursday, June 21, 2007: Waves: Small
Decent fishing conditions for the first day of summer. Fluking is astoundingly cellular. The areas where the better flatties are celled up makes for fine catching. Double Creek remains in the doormat zone once fish are found. When off-cell, there is super slowness. While shorts are common they’re nowhere near as packed in the way they were a…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 21, 2007 at 11:10pm — No Comments
SOUND BITES GO FISHING: In lieu of actually catching fish, I often spend bite-free time devising underhanded ways to lure in the likes of mega-cow bass. Since most of my fish-coaxing brainstorms get me nowhere when it comes to mastering those mini-brained gill-wagglers, I also think up ways to simply…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 20, 2007 at 10:35am — No Comments
FINAL STANDINGS – UNLESS THERE ARE ANY OUTSTANDING WEIGN-IN SLIPS: Updated June 19, 2007
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007: Waves: Small but still some current and rips to deal with.
One of those crazy busy weeks at The SandPaper. Thanks to the following emailists for essentially writing today’s blog.…Continue
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Well, We anchored up last night @ the mouth of Little Sheepshead (Holgate) in 20 feet of water from 9pm to 2am. Bait was fresh clam, clam chum, bunker, eels. Nothing but doggies. Couldn't even get a break from them. It was fun but that only last so long. I was hoping as the water temp was a bit cooler. No such luck!!!!
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