Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday August 11, 08 -- Clouds from all sides --

Anatomy lesson telling hatchets from whites Monday, August 11, 2008: Waves: 2 foot easterly swell. Well, the day was yet another bizarre weather showing. Generally nice on LBI for much of the day, things got tricky – and amazingly visual – as the day went on. By late afternoon, a couple of the most astounding cloud clusters imaginable -- related to huge t-storms – exploded skyward both north and south of LBI. Then one of the most astounding cloud banks I’ve seen in my 4 decades hereabout formed off the beach. It looked like clouds from some other planet – I kid you not. Totally bizarre. Hopefully, my photographers at The SandPaper got some shots. I had three boat reports through what has become the “echo” line – echoing the same report of fast and furious fluke hooking and very slow to maybe-moderate keeping. Top report came from a bit north – off Island Beach/Seaside line, where an angler live-lining baby bunker caught the two biggest fluke he had ever landed within four hookups. The largest was 6-poundish and the second was only a few ounces smaller. In one hour, he had four huge flatties -- until the baby bunker ran out. However, it might have been the spot more than the bait since some other anglers have also been using live bunker with only fair results -- but not spectacular. As for elsewhere angling, below is the charter boat report out of Beach Haven. It will quantify those fluke reports being offered in here. I should note that then striper count along the beach and around Barnegat Inlet is picking up. It is still substandard, i.e. nowhere near what we’ve had in past years at this time of year. The very clear water has allowed snorkelers to check out the huge number of tog near the LBI groins. I have heard from a number of tog-savvy anglers that the showing of blackfish is excellent from bayside mussel beds through inlets and out to reef sand wrecks. I saw a few large blackies off the jetties of North Beach – a fairly common sight this time of year (and increasingly so through October). A snorkeler heading into the waters of Harvey Cedars said he has seen a lot of what I’m sure were kingfish. He said they were “kinda black spotted and right on the bottom,” the look of kingfish when seen underwater. Site report: jay had several days with over 30 flatties from the surf, not a single keeper also lost a 30# class bass on live eels, also a 4ft brown shark ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting some good numbers of fluke into their fish boxes along with sea bass and even some nice bonito. Captain Adam Nowalsky of the “Karen Ann II” out of Great Bay Marina had Eric Evenson and sons out for a half day of ocean fluking where they boated over 24 fish and kept 5 up to 22-inches. Jerry Colangelo’s group had 4 keeper fluke among 30 caught. Captain Nowalski took Jim Sutphen’s group to the Barnegat Ridge where they boated over 24 fish, mostly 5-pound bonito, and one jumbo bluefish. Captain George Finck on the “Sparetime” had the Paul Weinberg family out for a bay fishing trip. Three seven year olds had a great time catching their fill of fluke, skates, and sea robins. The next day Captain Finck had John Davoren and boys on a trip to the Garden State South Reef for a nice catch of fluke, sea bass, and ling. Captain Dave Wittenborn on the “Compass Rose” has seen an improvement in his fluke catches. The Dave Wertheim family had a great day catching everything from keeper fluke to an electric stargazer in 35-feet of water off the Holgate tower. His Saturday trip saw the best fishing of the year with 10 keeper fluke to 22-inches and another 30 throwbacks in the 16-17 inch range. Sunday’s trip was cut short by storms, but still managed two keepers on Gulp Minnows and peanut bunker. Captain Fran Verdi on the “Cousins” has been fishing the area reefs and other drift areas with varying success on fluke and sea bass. The Friel party took 6 keeper sea bass on their first drift on the Garden State South Reef. Despite a storm forcing them in early, they picked up 9 keeper sea bass and 1 fluke. They had numerous undersized fluke. Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com

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