Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, September 30, 2011:
The beaches had a look and feel of summer. The touristy crowds were packed in at many prime zones. This was partially due to Rosh Hashana (Jewish new year – no school fro kids) and a gorgeous day. It made it a super tough drive for buggyists trying to navigate around humanity. There was some attitude on display among fair-weather beachgoers, as I drove very carefully along. However, I met some real nice folks, checking out my cast netting activity. Kids are always cool.
The mullet were as thick as they’ve been for the past few years. However, the ocean was stirred – south wind and groundswell – so it was no easy task getting a net over the large balls of bait.
The tides were once again crazy high. Lots of right lane road flooding on the Boulevard for the third day in a row. The tide has also destroyed the access road in Holgate. It’s been closed for two days, as crews work to move big chunks of concrete flush against the trucked in sand and gravel. The move was meant to secure the remaining road.
The trucked in material has been eroded away by the wave beatings of recent days. This does not bode well for the rest of fall. I don’t think the township is going to be wild about the expense of bringing in a constant flow of material. What’s more, the concept of buttressing the road base with that old concrete – first dumped there 50 years ago -- is sound in theory but should deep erosion keep occurring, all that will remain where we drive on are those massive chunks of concrete. That’ll be all she wrote.
The ocean remain 70 degree-ish. Lots of people in the water today. While there were more anglers than I’ve seen of late, the casters were widespread so not much conflict with the post-season swimmers.
I plugged fairly heavily – trying a slew of artificials – and came up striper skunked and one minor bluefish.
I talked with some kingfish anglers and they weren’t doing much. I think I’m going to give it a go tomorrow, after digging some bloodworms, sandworms and ribbon worms. I’m going to forgo fake-o bait , even though folks are doing great with them – once they find the kingfish. As I oft write, kingfish are intense schoolers so you have to find them to score a loadful. When they’re not on-scene, there’s often no waiting for them.
Bluefishing is fair to good. However, this warm water is not helping the slammer cause. You have to settle for the snapper and cocktail/tailor models.
Small pompano in swash. A tad too small for hooking. Loads of them when casting in holes.
With bait flush against the beach, it’s well worth doing some parallel casting. Stand at the water’s edge and cast flush to the beach. Let the artificial run as if it’s hugging the shoreline. It works on bass and, mainly, fluke – not that we need fluke now.
Here’s a fluke email: “Subject: Fluke in the surf...now unfortunately.
Hit the surf in Haven Beach to see if I could catch some kingfish on Gulp bait strips and small squids, since I had no bloodies or Fishbites. Top of the tide. One 12" king, but 4 near-keeper size fluke (if the season was still open!). I quit after an hour. Wish the fluke were there the last few weeks! Steve.”