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Mike and 32-6 cobia. Sunday, August 16, 2009: Waves: Small. Water temps: Upper 70s with numerous reports of 80-degree plus in some areas. . Water clarity: Good. Lots of fishing pressure on the water,…

Mike and 32-6 cobia. Sunday, August 16, 2009: Waves: Small. Water temps: Upper 70s with numerous reports of 80-degree plus in some areas. . Water clarity: Good. Lots of fishing pressure on the water, mainly flukers but also folks chasing reef and structure fish, i.e. one tog, seabass and whatever wants to grab on. An couple interesting grab-ons came via Mike Saulle and his 32-6 cobia he caught while fluke fishing Aug 15 2009 in 40 foot of water, caught on a piece of bluefish. Then, Robert took a 28-pound cobia, caught 1/4 mile off the beach on a Hopkins in a pod of bunker. Both of these reported by Margaret at Jingles. Divers working the Tower off the end of the North jetty. B.L. had no trouble shooting one allowable tog. Nick got a 7-pounder. Plenty of small bass, with a few to 28 inches. Thresher shark seen very close to the inlet entrance. Sharks reports are all over the board, as in species ranging from threshers to browns to duskies to hammerheads to unidentifiable (but, per one report, “It was maybe 6 feet and had teeth at least three quarters of an inch long and sure looked like a white.”). I’ll repeat, as most fishing writers are doing, you shouldn’t keep any nearshore sharks at all, excepting dogfish. Most surprising aspect of the sharks being caught is how many folks are getting them on fairly standard gear, maybe a grade above bluefish slammer material. An interesting bayside report came via an angling buddy who was down at the swimming beach with his granddaughter. First he saw baby bunker tornado-ing in very shallow water. That’s a sure sign they had been spooked to hell and back. Then, an even odder thing. As he was pulling the little one on a kiddy board, he began feeling lumps on the bottom, all over the place. Grabbing one, it turned out the bottom was all but covered with bay scallops. In nothing flat, he grabbed dozens. The fact the bay is loaded with scallops is not news. This summer the bay is hosting more of these highly mobile crustaceans than we’ve seen in decades, maybe even half a century. What’s weird is the fact the scallops found today at the bathing beach is the way there were also heading onto the shallows for all they were worth. And, hard to believe, but scallops can propel themselves with serious bursts of speed that can help them elude predators and also put a lot of ground between them and danger. The fact they were coming in to shallows, which are way out of their comfort zone –diving gulls and all that – shows they were joining the baby bunker in also abandoning channels and holes further out in the bay. It sure seems the bay is also experiencing the influx of massive numbers of rays, which with eat clams, scallops, mussels so ravenously, they have been a huge part in keeping shellfish from returning to the depleted Chesapeake Bay. The rays use incredible suction from their flapping wings to remove sand covering shellfish. What’s more, rays will gladly dine on baby bunker and mullets, though it’s more likely the baby baitfish panicked at the mere sight of such huge fish suddenly showing up. (((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))) Email de shark: Hi, This probably will sound weird but I swim in the nacote creek off of port republic, NJ and swim by myself and now am really scared since bull sharks have been seen in the Mullica. Can you tell me what you think about this and if you are familiar with port and it's beach and Pitney Road bridge leading into town (which is over 1mile up and back) if I should be really worried about sharks and what precautions I need to take ( I wear a wetsuit but also a yellow cap so I can be seen by jet skiers and boats) Thanks hope you can help me BJ K. Yes I am a girl that is why I am scared!! (First, I have to partially apologize. I have been commenting pretty pointedly about the bull shark danger, mainly because a number of them MAY be out there. Having been a diver/surfer/swimmer for an entire lifetime -- and maybe even parts of former lives -- I may be a tad more sensitive than most to what's swimming out there when we're swimming out there. That said, I went on a bull shark tear mainly as a way to wave a general pastel-hued red flag just in case someone comes across a shark that isn't playing by the established motto: "I'm a shark but odds are you don't have to worry about me." I will now offer a very real addendum to my shark alert, it's backed by data and swim-with-sharks experts. Namely, the odds of you being bitten by a shark are so extremely small that you can go out and buy a fifty-year supply of shark repellent with the money you'll have from wining the big state lottery. There are better odds of winning that lottery than being shark-bit. Please swim happily anywhere you care to in the wondrous Mullica River, one of the last pristine waterways in the state. J-mann) (((((((((((((((())))))))))))) Long lost buddy email: Jay, Yes I'm still alive. Fished in Atlantic City yesterday. Went out and trolled some bluefish on small green tuna clones. Moved into the inlet at the top of the tide and we bailed fluke at a pace I haven't seen in years. Three of us boated 30-40 fluke in an hour a half. Most were 15-17", but I lost a 5lber next to the boat. Also had a hook pull on a bigger fish. Few seabass and bluefish as well. Fishing AC alot...dad moved his boat to Trump Marina for the summer. Been fishing a bit in BH on Sunday nights in the bay, but it has been dead. Weakfish have been non-existent. Trying to avoid the LBI crowds until Xmas...I mean Labor Day! Joe H ((((((((((((((())))))))))))) Pro report: Hello All, Well it was a fun week we just had, dodging the rain and lightning but catching plenty of fish. I had four trips this week, and while we still haven't seen the arrival of the weakfish that normally give us such great fishing in August and September, the fluke fishing in the bay has been solid and Barnegat Ridge has continued to be hot for trolling. Bay fluking has started moving more and more towards the inlet areas, as fish start moving out of the bays into the surrounding ocean waters. We averaged 20-25 fluke per trip this week, mostly 16-17" fish that had to go back but at least a few keepers each day. George Smajda, wife Karen and sister-in-law Sheila got in on the light tackle action on Friday morning, landing 25-30 fluke plus a dozen or so bluefish using Gulp shrimp and our custom teasers. With all the blues that are around right now, I'm going to have to spend a day just tying teasers to get caught up! George Selph and Bob Keller were back out with me to fish the Lacey Elks Tournament, and what started as a slow morning of ocean fluking finished up with an hour of non-stop action in the inlet before we had to head to the scales with four fat keepers. George Selph also took advantage of a mid-week day out of the office on Wednesday to get in a trip to Barnegat Ridge where we trolled up a mixed bag of bonito, spanish mackerel and what I believe were chub mackerel. The highlight of the trip occurred when an 18 pound plus bull dolphin (mahi mahi) came into our spread put on an exciting display of acrobatics before finally coming boatside. A picture of George with his catch is attached. We do get a few mahi on the Ridge every year, but they're normally the smaller so-called "chicken dolphin". Rarely do we get one this large in this close. Definitely a nice fish! We're starting to get our fall striper trips filled up, but there are still dates remaining if you're looking to get out this fall. Until next week. -- Capt. Jack Shea "Rambunctious" Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters www.BarnegatBayFishing.com ((((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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