Sunday, September 02, 2007: Waves: 2-4 foot north swell, dropping. Winds: falling off and coming more easterly, then south, well below SCA. Water temps: 75 to 77.
Today is shaping up to be a perfect angling entry. The fluke are in the deeper water. The blues are all over the place. The weakies are backbay but also moving out to the inlets already (small stuff in and around Myers), small black seabass are also all over the inlets (actually becoming troublesome for any inside fluke drifters, as the small seabass grab any piece of bait they can see), triggerfish (which have become far more popular as a fun catch and super eat) are in close, obviously sand dogs are everywhere (though skate aren’t as prevalent), black drum are in the mix (mainly South End waters) with the edible varieties (i.e. small) the main showing, larger sharks are out a ways (blues, makos, spinners all within a medium drive), stripers making a small comeback (with quite a few Barnegat Inlet takes and also more plugged shorts along the beach), kingfish are in the system but in lackluster numbers (Dan had three in the North End suds, “one was really nice. Maybe the largest I’ve ever caught”), night fishing not at all good for me, congrats to J.M. for a 7-pound largemouth bass taken in Tuckerton waters (photoed and released).
J, My son and I had 25 bluefish that looked like they were from a cookie cutter. Each was maybe 2 pounds. All were caught on sassy shads on steel leader. I use that bleeding leader you told me about. Works great. I barbecued the blue fish on a plank and they were the hit of my weekend party.
(Sounds great. Sorry I couldn’t make it. The “bleeding leader” is super for plugging, too. It stripers seem far less worries about it than the usual metallic leaders. J-mann)
Hi Jay. We had the family out on the boat today for some bay
fishing. Conditions early were a bit choppy and the wind was
honking. We found our way to a lee spot in the wind along the banks
near the inlet. We managed to catch over 20 sea bass,1 fluke, 1
bluefish, and a few smooth dogfish doing some power drifting along
the banks. Unfortunately, there were no keepers in the mix... best
sea bass were around 10 inches or so. Even thought we took no fish
home, the kids had fun and we caught fish. Can't ask for much more
considering the conditions.
Have a great holiday weekend.