Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. As usual, I overindulged but everything was just too good to pass up.
We were out three days this past week, and with mixed results. Bay fishing seems to be a little slower than we're accustomed to at this time of year. Drifting live spots is still continuing to produce a reasonable number of stripers most days, but switching over to clams in some of our back bay spots hasn't generally been very productive this week. On the other hand, ocean fishing has been very productive when the weather conditions allow us to get out there. Huge numbers of bass and bluefish are readily responding to jigs as well as trolled umbrella rigs most days. There's just an amazing amount of bait around right now, and it looks like this fall run has quite a ways to go. Right now the shorts are outnumbering the keeper sized fish by a large margin, but hopefully the big ones will be arriving any day now to join the feeding party. Capt. Jack Shea "Rambunctious" Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters www.BarnegatBayFishing.com
Another case of, "finders' keepers, and losers' weepers with a fish attached"... this time it was a beach recovery.... "I saw a little movement in the rod tip and figured it was another skate," said Ray Sullivan. It turns out it was a rod and reel combo that had a Striper attached on the other end. This is the second time this season that a rod & reel recovery with Striper attached has been reported. From what Ray said he's fixing up the reel and giving the setup to a local kid. That sounds like a good ending.
FHQ staff member Ed Bunnel caught a 16-lb Bluefish Friday night on the North End using bunker. Short Stripers from Mid-Island and South are being caught on clam, bunker and simply casting and retrieving small AVA jigs. They fish have been close but sometimes just out of reach of the average cast.
Saturday Jeff Sussman caught 8 nice keeper Stripers. Jeff fished around the ferries wheel in Seaside in 55' of water trolling umbrella rigs with white shad bodies.
Mike Kulinski stopped in to re-build his supply of crippled herring and reported great jigging on Stripers South of Barnegat Light. Mike's saw another boat close to him have a good battle while hooked into a Bluefin tuna that was jigged with a sturdy Striper outfit that turned out to be a light setup for that tuna.
Tony Maffei recently fished with his brother and a friend aboard the Reel Fantasea. They fished just off of LBI and hooked 75 plus fish. The majority was short Stripers along with the always fun on light tackle big Bluefish. They did have 5-keeper size Stripers. At the 5-minute warning for the end-of-day they had a blitz of Stripers 1/2 mile off of Harvey Cedars.
CV went out this past week in some of that rough water. He was just outside the Barnegat Inlet and had plenty of Stripers, in 35' of water north of the inlet. These fish were willing takers for the diamond jigs. CV decided he needed a bigger boat.
Last weekend Jim T. from Bridgewater NJ fished on the Miss Beach Haven for the first time. He caught a dozen or so Blackfish each day and had a few keepers.
Chris Bender from Ship Bottom has been catching and releasing black drum on clams in Barnegat Bay for the past week. All of the fish are about 10-lbs. We had another angler come in and report that he hooked up with a nice sized Red Drum around Oyster Creek.