Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Tuesday, June 15, 2010:
Wacky winds have been swinging every whichaway but not hard enough to mess up boat fishing. I got a few reports of fairish fluking, mainly in inlet areas and mot-so-secret backbay locales in west Barnegat Bay. Still, the bite remains off, possibly due to huge water temp swings, mainly ocean side.
There are three 40-pound-plus bass in Simply Bassin’ 2010, as the event enters its final week. Although bassing remains slow in the suds, bigger fish are on the prowl. Seems creative presentations, like certain plugs, live baits (herring, bunker) and pure patience while chunking draws in the cows. Boat bassing is very hit-or-miss, more so than usual. The bunker pods are still around, along much of the Jersey coastline.
The showing of spring blowfish and kingfish is abysmal in most areas, I’m certain that enhanced shrimping to the south has done its dirty work. In ugly fairness, I also didn’t like the way the recovering stocks of blowfish were being heavily fished in Barnegat Bay before they could spawn in spring. Weakfish stocks are just plain teetering on nothingness, after such an optimistic run throughout the 90s. I have to think that locally, chemical imbalances in the bay, primarily over nitrification, led to some fully failed spawns. I can’t point a finger at the spring weakfish anglers who were very committed to catch-and-release of big spawning weaks. Again, there seems to be bad times when shrimpers and weakfish collide, by-catch-wise.
Hey Jay,I couldn't agree with you more about the lackluster fishing this spring. Last year seemed to be way more consistent. I have logged a ridiculous amount of time on the beach and only have a 12 and a 17 pound bass to show for it. The blues earlier on in the spring provided some relief but otherwise I have many sessions where I have been skunked. Plenty of dogfish as usual though. The bunker pods have seemed smaller than usual and rarely have fish with them. Have done the live-lining thing from the boat and the surf and neither has produced. There have been some real nice fish caught but there don't seem to be the numbers of decent fish caught this spring. I just hope I can catch a few before they head out of here until fall. I never really have any luck with the resident bass. On a side note I resorted to keeping a large skate last weekend and those wings were actually pretty tasty. Was pondering keeping a dogfish too last week after I landed the 15th one in less than 2 hours! Dave H.
Pulled my trawl Friday afternoon. A lot of weed and not much green eel grass showing. Shrimp were hard to dig out of the grass. A good showing on baby fluke, crabs and surprisingly four sea horses that usually don’t show up for a few more weeks. Also some trophy size stickle backs that I might have been able to get a fillet off of. No bass interest in the shrimp but the out of season blackfish were more than happy to attack. Non stop with some 3-4 pounders until the current ramped up. Went back to double creek channel and had one fluke which turned out to be 18.5 inches. Tried Sunday morning with artificials on the north jetty and only found 2-3 pound blues. Tried double creeks again and only found hungry green heads. WP
Hey Jay - Brian from Forked River and garbagefish.com here. We are running the garbage fish trash tournament again this year but this year for the whole month of July giving you more opportunities to land and weigh garbage. We are supporting it with a July 24th fish fry of skate, dogfish and sea robin tacos - totally free - at Fish Bonz Bait and Tackle on Lacey Rd. in Forked River.
... This year we are bigger and better with a longer span of fishing, merch. prizes as well as a bigger cash purse. All details are on the site garbagefish.com but I really hope you can help.Thanks
Right after you left the beach I got that first bass of the year. It was 31 inches. My wife said I should call you over every time I want to catch a fish. Thanks for that tip about using multiple clams at once. I’m really fired up for my July 4 vacation week. Hope we go plugging at sunrise.
(Nice work, Sarge. I thought that water was looking better as it cleaned up – and warmed up. And, yes, you want to catch fish just have me nearby. I’m a fish magnet – for other anglers. J-mann)
The “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda had a charter last week from Rusling Paving and Concrete of Trenton out for a day of fishing. The group had a great time, took home quite a few fish meals, and totally enjoyed the day. On Saturday Captain Frank fished for fluke and managed to pull quite a few keepers despite having to try several different spots. Pool winner was a 7.5-pound flattie. On Sunday they wreck fished with good success and managed a good catch of sea bass in the 1-3 pound range.
The “Star Fish” with Captain Carl Sheppard fished two parties last Saturday. The morning party boated over 200 black sea bass up to 5.25 pounds. They also caught over 10 large blackfish which had to be released. The afternoon group was a bachelor party which managed to put a good number of sea bass up to 3.5 pounds in the cooler in addition to having four hours of fun and festivity. On the way in they stopped for some bird play and closed out the day with some feisty 2-pound bluefish on metal lures.
Captain John Koegler of the “Pop’s Pride” is now ready to go after some extra spring work to upgrade the entire boat. Captain John is itching to get into some of the solid wreck fishing in addition to heading offshore for some blue fin tuna.
Captain Fran Verdi on the “Drop Off” was off the water for a few days as he got re-powered with a new 300 hp engine. He too is looking to get into the sea bass fishing in 90-100 feet of water as well as some of the blue fin tuna. In addition to charters he is running several open boat trips in the upcoming days.
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