Friday, June 13, 2008: Waves: 2 foot easterly ground swell. Water clarity: Borderline too clean. Water temps: mid-60s.
It’s always tough to throw in the “too clean” card but truth be told that’s the hand now being dealt. The water near the beach is immaculate – and cleaner further out. The difference further out is the water depth, which keeps the fish from freaking out with every shadow.
This should be a hugely busy angling weekend. Reasons: 1) Great weather. 2) Light winds) 3) Massive amounts of bunker bait near the shore 4) Many later put-ins have a load of anglers wanting to head out for the first time this season 5) Many high schools just had graduation, meaning many kids are heading down the shore to look for summer jobs – a built-in reason for dad to do some angling time. 6) There are fish out there.
We’ll parlay that Number 6 into the reports from boat fishermen grabbing bass beneath bunker. The hooking has been sizzlin’ when anglers and a hot pod combine. A hot pod, as the name implies, is one that has the big fish below. Obviously, not every patch of bunker are holding feeding fish below. Those that do have bass – bass ready to rumble – are putting out to the tune of many 50-pound-plus hookups with rumors of a bass approaching 60 pounds. These are surely the same fish they had off the Delmarva all winter. This weekend could very well see a super striper over 60. OK, so maybe it will only take a bait and use its smarts to throw the hook, but that mega-fish might very well come into play.
The surf fishing is what it is: inconsistent but hyper-ripe with the potential of the first 50-pounder for the 2008 Simply Bassin’ Tournament. Below is the standings. It’s living proof about the average size of spring stripers. To even break into the Elite-8 leaderboard you need a bass of over 31-8. Still, that’s very doable when one of those rogue bass – moving in from the deeper water for a little foodstuff variety – meets up with that bunker bait you’re heaving from the beach.
The fluking reports are indicating take-home material after a load of undersizelings. I like the day planner that allows a chunk of time to try to cooler a couple flatties, followed by a jaunt out to nab some seabass on the reefs or tires, then a rat race to find a working bunker pod and finally, scattered throughout, a nabbing of blues, large and small.
Simply Bassin 2008:
1)Shawn Taylor 48-12
2) Joe Filice 42-8
3) Gene Slaughter 41-0
4) Jason DePalazzo 38-13
5) Cindy Thomas 38-11
6) Steve Warren 37-12
7) Dante Soriente 36-14
8) Greg O’ Connell 31-8