Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday April 24 -- Blues and more blues

Thursday, April 24, 2008: Bluefish are along the beach in goodly numbers. These are the smaller cocktails. It’s not tough nabbing a half dozen if you’re throwing thawed mullet out. I heard someone say the blues this time of year don’t fight as heard. Profoundly untrue. Just because they’re running thin this time of year, that doesn’t mean they aren’t muscular – a bit like the famed “fighting weight.”
As for coaxing blues with plugs, that is highly doable inside the bay, especially near the inlets – where birdplay s already erupting, mainly late day. However, the surf-running blues are fully disinterested in artificials, with the exception of jigs allowed to drop through the water column.
The surf bass as being sorta finicky, quite possibly due to the high aggressiveness of the marauding blues. Though stripers are fairly immune from bluefish bites, I have to think they get quite fidgety when blues get in a full-blown eat-anything-that-moves mode.
I have three emails about keeper bass caught mainly from boat. They were 30-inches at largest but there was also some radio chatter about much larger bass. The area around Little Egg all the way over to Great Bay/Gravelling has had great bursts of angling action, with a variety pack of bluefish, stripers, black drum, fluke and some ocean herring. It is actually very brisk fishing for late April.
Around Barnegat Inlet, “tons of blues” is the call – especially fun fishing when taking them off the “rocks (New South Jetty); those cocktails are also prowling the BL beachfront.
There are weakfish in the “pocket,” inside around the Old South Jetty area. You likely heard of that 15.5-pound tiderunner caught there last Friday. The spawn weaks are also inside the inlet all the way over to BB and BI. Please catch and release – or keep just one.
North End surf fishing is super stiper-ifieid. There is now a much greater chance of getting a fat keeper – and there is already talk about how fat the bass are already. Right about now you’ll see a take-home amid a half-dozen throwbacks. Those are all bait bass, though the jetty is offering bass to 30 inches on jigheads with GULP or fake eels.
I will note in passing that herring are out and about, including a modest show at some sites where they hadn’t been in recent years. I’m going out for a look-see today – way back in rarely traveled bayside waters.
Largemouth bass fishing has exploded in nearby freshwater lakes.
White perching is fair to good with bursts, late-day.
Oceanside bunker pods are not nearly as prevalent as years past but huge numbers of these baitfish are just now getting scared out of the back bay due to the arrival of blues and weaks.

April 22, 2008
The weather over the winter has affected several
BH channel markers.
The USCG has removed the lights from
marker poles 110 and 115.
Buoy 112 is way out of position toward LBI.
After 112 but before 113,
Two Tuckerton creek channel red buoys
appear out of positon toward LBI.
Marker pole 115 is so inclined it almost touches the water.
Additional inlet info.
Buoyed inlet channel has shoaled.
Waves break across the bouyed channel
most of the time.
Buoys at the south end of inlet are missing.
The club must contact the USCG (Atl. City) and suggest
changing the buoyed channel to center cut?
Club boats should check the inlet and make a complete
report. Missing buoys, shifted buoys, shoaled water,
breaking waves.

The USCG will not make buoy changes later in the season.


On April 3, 2008, 44 decommissioned stainless steel subway cars were
deployed on the Atlantic City Reef site as part of the Artificial
Reef Program. The AC reef is located 8.8 nautical miles offshore of
the Absecon Inlet, has a depth range of 50 -90 feet and is four
square miles in size. Also located on the AC reef are Redbird subway
cars, concrete, reef balls, telecommunication cables, tanks, tires
and various vessels all of which total just under 65,000 cubic yards
of reef material.

Three locations were chosen to be the final resting place for these
particular subway cars. Site one consists of 15 cars, located at
DGPS coordinates 3915.600' 7414.400', in depth range of 75 * 80
feet. Site two consists of 14 cars, located at DGPS coordinates
3915.375' 7414.625', in depth range of 75 * 80 feet. The third and
final site with 15 cars is located at DGPS coordinates 3914.100'
7412.600', in depth range of 90 * 95 feet. The cars are placed in a
tight circle pattern surrounding these coordinates to better
accommodate divers.

A total of 600 decommissioned stainless steel subway cars are to be
deployed eventually, all being received from the New York
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Each car is approximately 60
feet in length, 10 feet in width and 11 feet in height. Prior to
deployment each car is stripped of all plastics, degradable materials
and grease to avoid contamination to the marine ecosystem. The MTA
covers all costs for the cleaning, transportation and deployment to
the artificial reef sites.

The remainders of the cars are scheduled to be deployed at the
Deepwater, Cape May, Garden State South and Shark River Reef sites.

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