Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
You gotta begin with a bored-sick fan bass to organize a mass toiletpaper toss like this ... Yep, soccer.
Monday, July 13, 2015: Sun, warmth and wind. The beach is duly summerish, with water temps in the low- to mid-70s and many a person taking in some of the finest sandy beaches anywhere. Yes, I’m talking about LBI. I’ve been to many a beach and when LBI is on, it rocks sand with the best of them.
From beach volleyball, I can guarantee the Island has some of the finest sugar sand on the entire planet. That also comes from pro v-ballers who truly test the sands around the world. In fact, after doing some practice time on LBI’s sand, many pro v-baller are thankful the pro circuit doesn’t stop here; that’s how loose and sinky our sands are.
The fluking is very hit or miss – but not in the way it had been for the past many year, when flatties were coming up by the boatful but none large enough to keep. While undersized fluke are still in the mix, it’s now more a case of finding just where they’re biting. When on a hot spot, the size is often take-home all the day. There are also some very dry drifts, sans any fluke at all.
The stingray presence continue to increase. It’s not loved by everyone, especially anglers fishing lighter gear for fluke.
Surfside sharks, almost all browns, are even biting during the day now. I’ve seen a couple videos of surfcaster into long fights, with crowds gathering.
Astounding catch-and-release ...
WOW! Check out this "monstah lobstah" that was caught and released off shore in Friendship, Maine! (Estimate age 75 y/o) Photo credit: Ricky Louis Felice Jr.
2015 JERSEY COAST FLUKE TOURNAMENT
Tentative Rules & Regulations
(As of June 2, 2015)
Tournament Date: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 (Rain or Shine)
Fishing Hours: Dawn until 5 P.M. To be eligible all fluke must be weighed in at one of the 9 official weigh stations (that you previously selected) starting from 12 noon, but not later than 5 P.M. and must be accompanied by your official weigh slip affidavit with entry number.
Fishing Location: Fish all waters within 20 miles of the New Jersey coast open to the public, including the ocean, bays, inlets and rivers stretching from the Raritan Bay & Hudson River in the north to Delaware Bay in the south.
Awards Presentation & Celebration: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn on Rte. 72, Manahawkin, NJ beginning at 7:00PM. Registrations begin at 3:00PM.
Weigh Slip (Affidavit): Official weigh slip affidavit (fuchsia in color) is mailed to each entrant upon sign-up and for late sign-ups they will be handed out at the weigh stations upon sign-up the day before the tournament. If you have lost your affidavit tell the weighmaster your name. You will be on the port log, but you may encounter a delay in processing.
Thrill of the thresher ...
Me and the boys boated this beast yesterday.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NY1] - July 13, 2015
Some fish in New York City restaurants will soon have to make a trip to the freezer before hitting the dinner table.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has published new regulations requiring all fish that's served raw, like sushi, to be frozen first, to prevent bacteria and parasites.
The Department says fish will be required to be frozen for anywhere from 15 hours to one week, depending on temperatures and storage process.
Several types of seafood are exempt from the rule, like shellfish, farm-raised fish and certain types of tuna.
The regulations now match up to FDA standards.
The changes will take effect in August.
Bay temperature has risen into its typical summer setting of the low 80s + while the ocean is holding around 70 plus. Fluking remains the same. You have to work at putting a catch together and the best results have been the end of incoming to the beginning of outgoing. In between several charters last week I instructed a class of Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs to a bunch of 1st to 5th graders though the Barnegat Township Recreation Department. On the last day we fished a local lake and I am proud to say every young angler caught a fish! Picture attached of one of the kids, Lucy Petrasek of Barnegat. Since this is Barnegat I do depart slightly from the national curriculum in that I spend part of the time teaching about crabs and how to crab. Speaking about crabbing, it is good to very good. A 6 hour soak on my two crab pots yesterday yield 15 keeper jimmies, all of which obvious keepers. This week I have scheduled my first Off the Beach Sharking Trip. What this involves is light tackle sharking for 40 pound plus sharks just outside the surf line to a few miles off the beach. As far as I know I am the only guide in the area presently offering this exciting fishing adventure. So contact me for details if this is something that interests you.
Screaming Drags, Capt. Alex
We had some wind after the 4th of July, which with the lessening of the full moon tides, made for some challenging drifting and fishing conditions. It was a busy week with mostly bay trips targeting fluke. The blowfish are not here in good quantities and also the blues are too small to target, so as far as bay fishing - fluke are the only game in town. We will start targeting fluke in the ocean as the waters have warmed up enough and they should be hanging around my favorite areas.
This past week, I had John Laub of New York, NY, his 2 daughters Haley and Lindsay, and their Pop-Pop Pete Risolo on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. Again, the full moon's effects had a negative impact on the bite, but the 3 generations team was able to box to 2 keepers (18 and 19.5 inches). We had to work a lot of spots to finally find some fish that were cooperative. It's amazing how they can change from bait to bait in a given day. Great job on a tough day fishing.
Next up, was Tim and Lisa Frasier of Grosse Point, MI along with their teenage sons Jack and Anthony on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. Well, it was windy with the South blowing at 10-15 knots with gusts to 21 knots. We did manage a pick of fish and boxed a nice, fat 20 inch fluke within the shadows of Old Barney. The family foursome did a great job in tough conditions.
Towards the end of the week I had Bob Rokas of Toms River and his two step-sons John and Jay Lewis of Waretown on a 4hr Bay & Inlet Charter. With the tide, we started towards the west side of the bay and picked at the fish using the S&S Roundhead jig tipped with Gulp and fresh bait. After working one of the channel edges, Jay scored on a beautiful 28 inch fluke which weighed close to 8 lbs. We make two more drifts over the same area, and Jay picks up a 29 inch fluke weighing over 9 lbs. We worked a few more areas and picked at the shorts and ending up picking up one more keeper at 19 inches. What an awesome day considering the fishing in our area. Nice job!!
Last, I had return client Andy Ead of Loveladies his son Jaiden, and Jaiden's friend Aaron Shih on an afternoon 4hr Bay & Inlet Charter. After the 1st trip in the morning, I expected we would have some fish on the incoming in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I had to work hard just to find some fish that would bite. We worked close to 8 different areas, but all we could muster were short fluke, a few searobins, crabs, and a cow-nose ray that nearing spooled the line. Great job by boys for catching their first fluke by jigging bucktails.
I do have a few openings this week and the following week for either bay or ocean fluking. We are available for charter 7 days a week. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.
Capt. Brett Taylor