Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday to remember: It was the north end that exploded today. The beach was heavily populated with mobile and run-on anglers -- but the bass were also populated. A number of blitzing bass were pushing 40 pounds. The action ranged from slow to torrid. It was bunker-based.
To divert blame for burning from this site, I’ll include this email (followed by shop weigh-in reports):
I saw Don I. around 10:30 this AM. He said the beach was hopping at HC. Saw a woman with a 42lb and many more get pulled in. I left the house at 12:00 stopping at BL Bait & Tackle to pick up spot. There was a guy weighing in a 40.5 also taken from HC. I fished the inlet, monument on out and managed 5 hookups with my 5 spot. 2 keepers, 2 short and one 14" juvenile who somehow got the spot in his mouth. Tried blackfishing, but the blowout wind was keeping the tide from changing on the rocks and along with the wind and the cold that came in with the overcast I called it a day. Just saw Don at 5:00 come back from HC and it's still smoking. Trucks parked side to side with bass everywhere.”
Here’s the shop reports:
“The top fish for today's LBISFT landings this morning was a 42-lb 14-oz (49") Striper caught by Jennifer Solewski of Benardsville, NJ in the Harvey Cedars surf using bunker at about 10:00 AM. This was at about 2/3 of the way down on the outgoing. Congratulations to Jennifer!
“Then at 11:45 AM Robert Brauck of Atco, NJ landed a 40-lb 8-oz (47") Striper in Harvey Cedars on bunker. That fish was caught during the last hour of the outgoing tide.”
Over 30 fish entered into the Classic today, mainly bass but a dozen blues. The two above-mentioned 40-pound-plus fish are in there. The overall weigh-in action was north to south.
Tomorrow may well be another kick-ass day, with some indicators pointing to a slight increase in the bite.