Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Anglers: Please note the insanely long tail fins on threshers. The sharks now being caught are most often brown sharks, which have fairly long tail fins -- but nowhere near those of threshers.
Monday, July 30, 2012: Another decent onshore day. The winds continue out of the east but not nearly enough to stifle boat, bank and beach fishing, though the surf is a tad roughed up; still pushing 75 degrees.
There are some stripers being taken from Barnegat Inlet jetties, northward -- to the beaches of IBSP. The North Jetty has some keepers going for spot, though it’s more miss than hit. The blues are not helping the livelining cause.
I think fluking the suds might be a good bet again. Go with slightly larger jigheads and GULP! You’ll need rods with heftier backbone (slower) since wave action will throw slack into the line, which means you have to hit a pickup with some muscle.
The sharking has become epic. I’ll sneak a piece from my weekly column in here.
SHARK WEEK: This week, I’m going to get a tad frisky on the subject of sharks.
This summer’s showing of the men in gray suits has gone kinda ballistic. I’ve fielded numerous call-ins and emails from anglers catching not just one but multiple seriously-toothed sharks from the surf, inlet and even the bay. What’s more, the action now includes daytime takes.
So, I’m actually going out on a warning limb.
I’ll begin with a Facebook entry from Bill C: “Anglers should be careful handling the smaller 2-3 ft. sharks. There are many small blue sharks in our bays now and they are very toothy critters. They are more of a bluish gray unlike the brownish sand sharks we are used to.”
Bill was responding to a FB message I placed hoping to correct folks from thinking the long-tailed brown sharks they’re now catching are threshers. A thresher tail is often as large as the shark’s body. It looks downright freaky.
Anyway, the more folks unhooking sharks, the surer it is that someone will forget how well-practiced sharks are in the art of biting back, particularly after being landed, i.e “Ok, dude, I’m already pissed. Now, just get those slimy little fingers of yours a tad closer to my mouth and I’ll add a whole new meaning to catch-and-release – after I release your frickin’ fingers back into the palm of your hand.”
On an overly cautionary note, I’m not sold on boating folks having overboard fun by care-freely running hands through the water next to a vessel or slipping overboard and kicking about, while holding onto the transom. Those leisurely actions may now be extreme sports. Of course, if you’re tryin,’ I’m buyin’ – exclusive rights to writing up the sordid details.
On a far scarier shark front, I’ve been sent nearly a dozen local (NJ) photos of alleged caught-photoed-released bull sharks, an incorrigible man-biter. Not one has been the real bull shark McCoy. That said, the insane showing of sharks this summer has to include some bulls.
A bull of any size is ticking bite bomb. I’m not talking (hopefully) deadly attacks on humans but bite-sized taste-tests that can surely make for an uncomfortable afternoon.
Perhaps some of the most shocking bull shark footage ever taken recently came via a home video in South Carolina, as a young gal is reeling in a red drum while fishing atop a small backyard dock. Her boyfriend is trying to net the drum. What happens next, in a very small waterway, is an utter stunner. A massive scary-fast bull shark leaves the water to take the fish off the hook. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcuYjDR2tSg or, type, “The one that got away” on YouTube. And, yes, they also swim in that lagoon. OK, so maybe that should now read they used to swim in that lagoon.
You gotta love the harried post-attack dialogue in this video when the boyfriend screams, “It’s on your pole, baby. Keep reelin’. She has maybe 12-pound test mono line and that shark “on her pole” is pushing 400 pounds – and likely way more. Hey, it’s the south. They don’t care how we do it up north. Keep reelin’, baby.
I got some action shots of a shark jumping off LBI. It sure as hell looks like a tropical spinner shark, or maybe the very similar black-tip shark.
Here’s the email: “I was watching the Osprey come home tonight and noticed something very odd. It was extremely far out but I could see large splashes and the tiny reflection of something fully breaching. I watched and realized they were not dolphin. I took some photos. The distance is beyond the capability of my equipment. But this reminded me of your post on Mako. These sure look sharky but I'm no fisherman.”
To see pics – and why it sure looks like a spinner or a black tip – go to http://exit63.wordpress.com/ and scroll about a quarter of the way down the page to a series of shorts showing the sharky aerobatics.