Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, June 30 -- Tough go bass-wise; fluking too frustrating for many

Above: Cormorant fishing Monday, June 30, 2008: Waves: 2-4 foot south swell. Water clarity: Back to turbid; some fair areas. Water temps: Ocean, back to mid-50s, nearshore; bay, mid-70s. Winds and occasional cloudbursts are putting a stir into the water. Bassing slow to very slow. Some stripers can still be found near beachfront jetties, using clams or small plugs, nothing big, though. Fluking is an eye-opener. The bottom near the inlets is often all but coated in flatties, all enticingly close to keeper size – but seldom there. A frequently mentioned ratio is 15 to 1 – which show how many fish are being caught. GULP! continues to impress, to the point where some folks are even questioning the integrity of the stuff. If some of you are long in the tooth, you might remember 50 years back when some fishing catching juices were allegedly “outlawed in many states.” That was warned in the ads – found in the back pages of True, Argosy and Field and Stream. The exact states that outlawed the substance were never mentioned. Email: “ I fished Sat. morning in the bay ,at the base of the light house . I now know why they pick the no.18 for fluke , it was the amount of fish you have to catch before you get a KEEPER . I pulled in the 19th fluke and it was 18.5" . I also ran into a school of weakies appprox. 20 10 lbs in 2 feet of water. It seemed better to fish the skinny waters due to the amount of boats inside the bay. jim g. Waretown.” (Interesting, on those weakies.) Despite some takes of kingfish a few weeks back, I’ve seen and heard nothing since. GULP! BLOG: It’s a stretch to think a manmade GULP!-ish substance is sinister enough to be “irresistible to fish,” yet another claim of some 1950s super baits. Still, there is something above-and-beyond nature in the chemical slurry GULP! products are dipped into. Nothing illegal, mind you, just an advance toward irresistibility. Here’s a very interesting pro report from Seafood Charters “6/28/08: Out today off Mantaloking in massive schools of bunker. No bass today under the schools, but we did troll up a nice size aggressive dusky shark on a large bunker spoon. 6/27/08: We went to the Barnegat Ridge North tonight and landed and realeased a 6 foot hammerhead shark with Mike and Chris Bodner and Gene Mancini from Philadelphia, PA. What I found most unusual were the massive schools of squid that we saw and caught quite a few as well. We got 4 major runoffs. Maybe bluefin???? We ere in 65 degree water and fished multiple spots on and around the Barnegat ridge with no bluefish. I marked fish and bait all night however. Capt. John A. Cafiero, www.SeafoodFishing.com.” ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The lack of bluefish out there – bluefish central all summer -- is a lot odd. As for those squid, very few marine species are as cyclical as squid; we’re talking all but absent one year and off the charts in numbers the next. They are very short-lived, two years tops. An odd trait, halfway through life, a squid’s digestive system begins to slowly shrivel as its reproductive organs grow, leading to a finale-like reproductive burst, then starvation. Definitely no need to exchange phone numbers during the spawn. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Event notice: FRIDAY, July 11, 7:45 p.m. Village Harbor Fishing Club, Mill Creek Community Center, 1199 Mill Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1026, Manahawkin. Discussion on local fishing,, followed by a presentation by Tom Fote of Jersey Coast Anglers Association entitled “ The Fight for your Fishing Rights” Guests, men, women, mature children are welcome. Club membership is open to anyone in the Southern Ocean County Area. Information: 609-698-1430, e-mail VHFCinfo@aol.com or http://Fishermansheadquarters.com/VHFC

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