Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, June 10, 2010: A bit of a south swell has built but light winds should make for ideal fishing conditions most of the day, as winds go from west to north to east to south. Good ocean drift winds. Should also be light enough to see any baitballs for those going after lingering bass. That action seems to be hanging off Seaside. That area also now has that push of slammer blues that stole my plug last week in Ship Bottom.
The best bet for boat fishing will be fluking near the inlets during outgoing, trying to locate any water warmth at all. The ocean water has been very reluctant to top 60, due in large part to bouts of south winds upwelling cooler bottom water to the beachline -- though even out a few miles the water remains in the 50s.
Surf fishing has been kinda slow, though there are bass to be had by persistently fishing chunks of bunker or gobs of clams. The largest I’ve heard of was a 36-incher and a couple 28s. The wizards of plugging are finding a.m. bass, mainly small, though up to keeper size. This guys always seem to have a good read on the hot jetties, the right plugs and the exact colors for a given day. Of course, losing beach buggy access due to summer closures hurts exploration.
I had a chat with a fan of sea bassing and he questioned some of the reports of very decent seabassing. He said it has been so low he’s resorted to fluking and even looking for working bluefish pods. He wasn’t real optimistic about that fishery lighting up, though he did note that seabass are notorious for suddenly showing.
The commercialites are running into massive numbers of skate. The only up side there is the fact there is a better than usual market for the troublesome bottom feeders so they are reaching market. Smooth dogs are showing and could be a pain this weekend.
MIA are blowfish and kingfish.
Make sure to support the High Point (Harvey Cedars) Fire Company’s “Striper Shootout” tomorrow. Google “Striper Shootout, Harvey Cedars.” I’m guessing it’ll be quite the dash to the Ferris wheel – and no further, per rules.
The Hudson immediately set off gag reflexes, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection doesn't trust Jersey citizens with their better judgment.
Saying they can't adequately protect against poachers, the DEP has ordered a halt to oyster bed restoration projects in waters classified as polluted, even though the beds were built in the polluted water to help clean it up.
The oysters are not meant for consumption, but the DEP fears people may get sick if poachers attempt to sell the oysters commercially, and that their sale could damage the legal oyster harvesting industry.
The ruling just affects Jersey waters.