Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
GREATLY APPRECIATED: It’s that annual humbling time when I seek donations to keep this site running through the coming year. I have no sponsors -- outside those who read and support the site. This is my only fund-drive. Any and all donations go toward the website. And financial support is needed. Jay Mann 222 18th Street Ship Bottom, NJ 08008-4418 (Action on a Holgate bar) Saturday, November 01, 2008: Waves: Small. Water clarity: Good to very good (near inlets). Winds: Generally light and variable (west early through tomorrow). Low tides will again be very low. (I may have a late-day report, seeing I’ll be fishing most of the day. Please email me reports – or flag me down as I drive past.) . If yesterday in Holgate was any indicator of weekend action it’ll be kickin’ out there. Bluefish were ravaging near-in big bunker pods, allowing pluggers and (later) chunkers to take on slammers in full ravage mode. Near-in boat anglers were also smackin’ the slammers. Somewhat oddly, there were massive bunker shoals a bit further off the beach but the boaters found all the action flush to the beachline. I saw blues in the 10-pound range being taken at a moderate clip. It bordered on blitz when the bunker got spooked into a foot of water but the better part of the afternoon was reaching a low tide sandbar and casting out. Even when the bait wasn’t going bananas the blues were accommodating plugs and bunker chunks. There were also a few bass mixed in. I saw a couple to 15 pounds and heard of a couple bigger models. Tom W. tapped the late-day blues boil for a 33-3 rogue bass (weighed in today). I was fishing near him for a while but, per usual, got impatient and bolted. (Not taken on plug!? You should be ashamed, Thomas.) Blues dominated the day by far. Classic saw three dozen blues from mainly Holgate and South End in general, with a few from Ship Bottom. That sorta followed the fishing pressure. I drove the beach and saw a goodly group fishing S.B. then very little pressure until Beach Haven. Unusual considering the time of year. Conditions being what they are (ideal) we could easily see the biggest blues take of the tourney this weekend. As weird as it gets: Stu D. was at the west point where he usually gets cocktail blues. What looked to be herring surface splashes were all over that cove-like area. Using a freshwater rig comprised of a few small jigheads with white plastic tails (his favorite herring-getter), Stu cast out and hooked up immediately. Landing a fiercely fighting fish, he was shocked to see it was a full-sized bunker, foul-hooked. A long-shot foul hooking he figured. Well, 29 bunker later Stu new he had just worked as weird a fishing session as you’ll ever see. Bunker after bunker, two at a time, all foul hooked – but without fail, every cast. I was right there observing and threw castnet over 15 large bunker. A couple other folks were foul hooking the bunkies using weighted treble snag hooks.