Monday, May 11, 2009:
MISDDAY ALERT: Big bass fishing has “exploded” off Island Beach State Park, 40- feet of water zone, according to Basil at BL B&T. Midday boats off the Towers were trolling up real big blues when the biggest-ass bass to of the spring – up to (are you ready for this?) 60 pounds -- began attacking the likes of big spoons and Mann stretches, said Basil. “They had so much action they couldn’t even keep up,” he said of a report he had just gotten. Basil went a sep further saying the big bass are heading this way. “They’ll be here by tonight, on the beach,” he predicted.
Currently, the North End beaches are kinda slow, down to occasional bass and blues, here and there.
Elsewhere, Margaret at Jingles reports that the brisk and interesting bite of the weekend has flown the coop, at least for the first part of today. Skates in massive numbers are grabbing everything thrown out there for bass. I know I’ve brought this up before but you have to wonder if the skates might not drive off bass, who are actually very lazy feeders, seemingly very willing to drift somewhere else to dine in peace and quiet. Of course, it could be the bass moving out of the area that has opens the barn door to skates. That’s all chicken or egg stuff. And poor hooking offers way too much time for anglers to ponder the point.
Melanie at Oceanside Bait and Tackle Shop, Brant Beach, reported “a really great weekend,” speaking of bass and a goodly number of weigh-ins, including a 50-poundish black drum taken in the suds by Kevin M. (also on the Simply Bassin’ leader board.) Kevin took exact measurements and released the fish to spawn. Using girth/width charts, the drum came out to that 50-ish number. It should be noted that black drum actually run a tad heavier that the tabulations arrived at using the equations for estimating striped bass weights. By the by, Oceanside B&T has its own striper tourney starting soon. More on that in the near future – or go to http://www.oceansidebt.com.
Fisherman’s HDQ saw quite a few bass over the weekend but today went dead quiet, possibly due to an overabundance of dolphin. “Every time I see dolphin riding the beach that hard the fishing disappears,” said Eddie, who couldn’t find the bass today amid pods of 40 or more dolphin. He had real decent bassing Saturday evening.