Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, July 15, 2007: Waves: Choppy 1-3 foot short-period southerly wind swell.
Winds are kicking up today and seem destined to slow fishing. Yesterday saw decent (not great) conditions that led to some decent (not great) fishing, mainly on the fluke front, which is now fully ¾ of the nearshore fishing direction. Reports and radio chatter had some fair cooler play with the usual load of short – and a truly nagging junkfish presence with skate now making their fluke-like-bite presence known. Obviously a skate hookup makes itself known after awhile but that first hookup and pull is tougher to tell from a better flattie. The bayside fluking is better than expected for as hot as its been. This is not to say it’s great by any stretch but checking with some of the boat rental shows some fun hooking, especially near inlets, with some keeper fluke and a double load of junkfish – which many boat renters don’t hate as much as more jaded long-timers.
A few larger ducky/brown sharks are showing and I even got a call from a fellow who has refined a method to dine on them – after a heavy marinating followed by BBQ’ing. He uses smaller fish.
Hey, the BHM&TC White Marling Invitational Tournament is right around the bend in the offshore road – July 25 though July 28. Last year saw a whooping (and wallet-wonderful) $300,000 in winning handed out. I’ll be covering the event this year for the club and would really like any past tales, current feedback and as-they-happen hookups to write about. Contact me here. Also, there will be a dedicated website for the write-ups on the contest. More on that soon.
Crabbing is good but not scalding with backyard traps still reigning over cast-out traps and string-baits. Bugs at mainland crabbing sites are so bad it’s neigh impossible to hang in there without a coating of 100 percent DEET.
Barbara N. contacted me about plenty of pelicans now inside Barnegat Inlet. I had written about them in my weekly blog and found that many folks also enjoy seeing these wide-winged wanderers.
good morning everyone, well things are finally coming together this week charters went pretty well. bay temps are still in the high 50's on the top of the tide and upper 70's on the low. this week I had ryan fitzpatrick of tabernacle and father bob (banana) from florence. we hit the sods banks and got some scrapy bass then head to the west bay were we spent most of our time hittin bluefish and weaks caught on the bkds. we later tried for some fluke but no takers. friday I had the world famous karen wall editor of the hook, line and sinker section of the app and fish slayer daughter emily out. we headed out to the west side of the bay again tangled we blues and later went to dc for some flukin
we got a mess of blues and a gang of fluke with only one keeper in the bunch,a 19 inch caught by emily. a good time was had by all. talk to you next weak
We've been taking a bit of a break from chartering this week as we get everything ready for summer fishing patterns to take over. But there's a lot going on, and things are starting to look like we'll have a pretty good summer in the bay.
Striper fishing is on the decline, not unexpected for July and the hot weather we've had. There's still plenty of bunker still along the beach both north and south of the inlet, but very few pods have bass on them. There are still some really large bass being caught by those lucky enough to hit the right pod at the right time, but the heavy action seems to be moving to the north right now and leaving us with our resident population that will summer around the jetties.
Fluke fishing in the bay is now in summer mode, with keepers being taken every day from the deeper spots in the main bay as well as the channels leading to the inlet. We're continuing to pick away at these fish using our custom teaser rigs, although the ratio of keepers to shorts seems to be declining a bit. From the reports I've been getting, ocean side fluking seems to have really gotten started this past week and should continue to improve throughout the summer.
The bay is loaded right now with 2-3 pound bluefish that seem to be everywhere, but the really good news is that the weakfish we've been waiting for seem to be making their annual summer appearance right about on schedule. As in past years, we'll be running grass shrimp chumming trips from late July until mid-September where we break out the ultra-lights and toss small plastics and jigs into the slick for some wild action. We've had days where we've boated over 200 fish in a tide, and landing 40-50 fish seems "slow". I've still got some dates left for shrimping trips, but August always gets fully booked quickly once this really get going. Give me a call to reserve a date if you're interested in getting in on this unbelievable fishery this year.
Until next week.
Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
Hi Jay. Cindy and I fished from 9:30 am - 11:30 am on Saturday in
the surf looking for fluke. We fished the Holgate area and had to
walk to quite a few jetties before scoring our only fish of the
day... an almost 15 inch fluke caught on Berkley Gulp Minnow. The
tide was pretty high, and we got the fish as the tide started moving
out. Guess we'll try the lower tides in this area in the future.