Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday June 8 -- Slowish today but decent weekend

(Above) I have to include this photo. Look closely at this fellow at work. Looks like somewhere in Africa, eh? Fresh fish lying in the sun. Well, not only is it the U.S. but look closely at the huge variety of fish and then into the basket at what the sorter is seeking. It’s a shrimp haul. So much for fish excluder devises at work. That industry is never going to get it. And it’s not just recreational fishermen getting the short end of the bycatch stick. Other commercial fishermen going after finfish get shafted, though they’ll still stick with their brother fishermen in the shrimping industry.) Monday, June 08, 2009: Waves: Weak 2-foot south wind swell. Water clarity: Fair at best, as south wind much up the look – and feel: Water temps are upwelling back into the 50s. The most upbeat bass news is coming off the beaches of the south end – up to the south part of mid-Island (got that?). A 42-6 non-tourney bass was taken in Beach Haven by a visiting family just testing the local waters. It went for clams. The weekend also saw a slew of sizeable surf stripers being taken at an other-guy pace, i.e. many folks saw real good fish caught by neighboring surfcasters. I had skunk reports and kick-ass reports from the same area, symptomatic of a very selective bite. The boats toying around within the testy water of Beach haven Inlet had fish into the 40-pound zone. XYZ forewent targeting bunker pods – for a stop-and-drop – and instead walked some eels, besting bass to 42 pounds. That crew had something like 14 fish in a day’s work – two trips. DO NOT work the BH/LE inlet outer shoals unless you’re totally familiar with those dangerous, even deadly, waters. That holds especially true on days when visibilities are down. Do not target other boats out there as marking the place to be. For shop info see http://www.jinglesbaitandtackle.com/fishing_report. As for today, BL B&T reports it’s “a little quiet.” Boats trying to get out are running into fog, making it harder to spot bunker. Even when electronic contact is made with the baitfish, there is little if any gamefish action. The shop also noted that the weekend played out pretty well, with decent fluking off the IBSP Bathing Beach and out near Garden State North. There were also some nice-ish seabass found by weekend boat anglers. A fellow sent me an email about a beautiful 18-inch fluke be caught in the surf. The hookup got him fired up so he went to a high-intensity cast-and-retrieve, common to proper fluking. While slowly retrieving a strip of bunker, he saw some nearby beachwalkers gingerly releasing a fish back into the water. It was his prized fluke. He was dismayed – but not upset. At first he thought it was just some anti-fishing types but heard from a nearby sunbather that the fish had apparently worked its way out of a sandy hole the caster had made and was half way back to the ocean when the walkers saw it, assumed it had somehow accidentally grounded itself and carefully let it go. “I could see the trail the fish had made. It really was a long way from my bucket,” he said, noting “I didn’t catch any more and had to buy fish for dinner.” We’ve all seen that down-the-slope phenomena with surf fluke. What’s more, it seems fish coming out of cold water have greater escape energy. I was wording about any shark sightings and got this email: “Jay I was up at IBSP today for a birthday party. Went up to the beach around A-7 and watched a LARGE thresher shark smack some bunker through the air. By the looks of the tail, it was a 400-500lb shark. Cool thing was watching a local osprey flying out to swoop in on some easy pickins of stunned bunker…” Joe H. Pro report: (Note: If you have a charter and want to have reports displayed in here, email me at jmann99@hotmail.com.) Hello All, Once again, the weather posed some challenges for us this past week but we still made it out a couple of times for some pretty good fishing. In some initially "sporty" conditions on Monday, Vince Barba was back looking to get in on some of the bass action around the bunkers schools cruising up and down in front of Island Beach State Park. We certainly found plenty of bunker tight to the beach, but with no bass found we headed to deeper water for some trolling. There we were almost immediately into big 12-13 pound bluefish that absolutely hammered our Maja bunker spoons as soon as we got them down. Yesterday I had George Selph and Bob Keller back, and we decided to forego the sloppy conditions in the ocean and see what we could put together from the bay. After boxing a large blue and a 29" striper from the inlet during the incoming, we moved to the back and found mixed schools of blues and weakfish ravaging rainfish on the west side for some super light tackle action, then finished the morning with a bit of back bay fluking. By the time we came in, the fish box contained a "Barnegat Bay Buffet" of striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and fluke all destined for the table. Bob's 7 pound weakie and demonstration of how not to lip a bluefish highlighted the morning. Until next week. -- Capt. Jack Shea "Rambunctious" Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters www.BarnegatBayFishing.com (((((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))

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Comment by SteveOnLBI on June 8, 2009 at 4:28pm

1. I was out with a backbay charter in the Outer Banks a few years back for redfish. First thing he did was stop for his bait at a shrimp boat he knew that was hauling in -- the net and deck was chock full of a smorgasborg of 1-4" fish, most of which were no longer alive or barely. Seemed to me there were 10 times as much bycatch as shrimp. Haven't eaten a lot of shrimp since then.

2. Had a similar fluke incident on the beach a couple years back: Caught a nice 3 pounder in the surf, buried it at the high water mark. Put a driftwood stick at the spot as I walked a little down the beach. Turned out the tide was still coming in a little because when I walked back my stick was gone and I couldn't locate the fluke. Felt terrible, but there was a group of kids watching and following me so I told them they could take the fluke home for dinner if they found it. With sand shovels and buckets in hand, they found the fish within the hour. I checked that it was still OK, and off they went with their prize - and big smiles - to find their parents. I got nothing else keep-able. When I walked home and my wife asked how I had done, rather than explain what happenned, I just said "Nothing I could keep."


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