Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, June 01, 2007: Winds were testy late but the bassin’ continues to rock. The hooking is north to south, though far from every street. Some super hot stops and some dominated by skates and dogs. However, below will give you a sense of a hot site. Thanks, Joe, for the fine write-up of the action. More on the big bass as I get info.
Here's my side of the story from an awesome session from the BH surf
Thursday night. Chris Rich, his dad Chris Sr. and my brother Nick hit the BH
surf around 9pm. As usual we had to wait out the huge dogfish and skates.
Around 10pm I finally caught a 29" keeper striper. Nick got a nice photo and
I released the bass. We all started to pick at 2-5lb bluefish. I was set up
farthest north and getting the most action. I caught and released a tagged
26" striper. My second.
I mentioned to Chris to move north of me. Not long after both the Rich boys
relocated they were getting more action. Finally Chris hooked up, and after
15 minutes or so, Sr. and I were at the waters edge. We caught a view of a
large white shape. I yelled to Chris,"big shark". Well, a wave rolled the
bass upside down and we were looking at the belly. A few more cranks and the
fish rolled upright in about a foot and a half of water. I yelled to Chris
again, "huge bass" and I pounced on the striper. I pinned her to the bottom,
slid my hands into the gill plate and pulled her ashore. Wow---what a
The story doesn't end there. With the clock pushing 11:30pm, the Rich boys
and my brother packed up the fish and headed for home. As they were loading
up I was still getting bites. I had a bunker and 6 clams to use so I
continued fishing. I caught 2 more bass 31 and 36". A short while later,
another hit. Fought and landed a 12lb bluefish. As I was fighting the blue,
I noticed to the south in the now very low trough, something strange going
on. I rebaited and walked 30 yards south. There were adult bunker beaching
themselves in order to get away from huge bluefish and most likely bass. I
tossed my chunk into the fray and immediately hooked up. In the next hour it
was cast and crank in a bluefish. Had 5 or 6 in the 12-14lb range. Finally I
was out of bait. Luckily I found 2 mortally wounded bunker in the sand so I
halfed one, and tossed it to the bar. A minute later and my rod was pinned
in the spike. I'm thinking huge bass, but he was moving to fast north to
south. Ten minutes later, I get my light on a huge figure in the white
water. Turns out to be a 38-39"bluefish. He weighed 17/7 on my digital hand
scale. Wow. Released him and cast my last tiny chunk of bunker into the
wash. Around 2am I landed another 36"ish bass. He was on the skinny side,
maybe 15lbs, so I set him free. Had 5 bass (3 legal) and 10 or so gorilla
bluefish. All my fish were released. At 2:30 I ran out of bait,
hooks,leader,lead, and energy, so I headed to bed. What a night.
Chris is currently working so hopefully he'll send his account later on. I
gotta run---work is calling.
PS Fished the Bayside before sundown and I can say the fishing is really
good. Three 3-5lb bluefish on about 5 casts. That's a story for another day
though. Plastics were key.