Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, June 25, 2007: Loads of info rushing in so I’ll let it do the talking for me as I prepare for the largest SandPaper issue of the year. For my weekly column I have a un tail of a lost rod, a desperately diving spouse and a jetty that kept a marriage off the rocks.
Since the warm water seems to have given the striped bass a serious case of lockjaw, we've spent most of our time this week chasing back bay fluke. We had five charters this week and spent at least a couple of hours each day on fluke. We've had decent success lately over on the west side of the bay with double digit catches most days. While the ratio of shorts to keepers has been around three to one, there are some pretty nice fluke to be had with fish over 20" being fairly common. Top fish of the week honors goes to Hugh Toal (picture) who landed a nice fat 6.5# flattie on a green bucktail. Other notable catches were Perry Iasiello and Chris Pendy combining for 18 fluke to 21", and the Tom O'Donnell party (including Hugh Toal and Tom McGee) landing well over a dozen. We've been fishing exclusively with light bucktails and some of my custom teaser rigs, really great light tackle sport.
Until next week.
Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
good morning everyone, fluke fishing still continues to be good with good keep ratios in the backbay and dc channel. blues in the 2lbs range still hanging out in the backbay some small bassaare hanging around the sod banks. . bay water nice and clean with the water looking like florida water. this week I had bill stussi from manahawkin,with son-in-law mike and nephew fred. they got their fill of blues and picked some nice fluke out of dc channel had some fun with small bass. we were one weakfish shy of a grand slam. talk to you next week
My report for Saturday: We began trolling Stretch 25's along IBSP, like all the previous weekends. This was the first weekend that did not produce as much as a hit, though. No blues, no bass, no bunker. As we had killies and GULP! aboard as a backup, we picked up and ran to the bathing beach. In the warm, almost turquise waters there I got a 19" fluke within minutes, which would be our sole keeper. The balance of the day was short fluke, and largish sea robins. Great day to be out, though. I feel the spring fishery has transitioned to the summer fishery, and am thinking of chumming sparklers in the bay within a week or two.
This week the bay fishing was more reliable than the ocean, Although stripers were as rare as hens teeth. Thursday saw regular Chris and Jim Spring out for a striper trip ,we covered about 50 nautical miles in an attempt to find some feeding fish but were unsucessful, although we did manage to locate bunker , the schools were small at best with no one home except small blues. Friday saw regular Jay Simmons with friends Tony and Rick out for more of the same with one striper and some small blues on the bunker schools. After doing a little searching with no keeper bass we headed inside to end the day catching fluke on gulp and bucktails in the back.
Sunday trip saw Robert Waterson with son Hunter out for a bay trip where the guys had some fun with a combination of blues , fluke on plastics and gulp.