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Saturday June 4 -- the 40s flood in

 

Saturday June 4, 2011: Check out the Simply Bassin' leaderboard down below. There's no fudging these facts. Forty-pound stripers are fully in the surf mix. The trick to cow-dom sure seems to be live bunker. 

I've oft swum live bunker -- be they snagged/dropped or netted and kept alive -- and can attest to the fact that any bass in the vicinity will be on them in nothing flat.

As to the tricks to swimming them, it's pretty obvious what snag-and-drop is all about. Funding a bunker pods, casting a snag rig into them, side-arm foul hooking until baited up, then letting the freshly snagged bunkie drop down into the awaiting mouths of down-below bass, which get tired of attacking pods -- and often missing -- and instead sit lazily on the bottom waiting for food to drop down  -- wounded or tired or foul-hooked.

By the by, any Simply Bassin' participating tackle shop will show you how set up a snag-line with trebles. There is also the option (I often use) of leaded/weighted snag hooks. I prefer to snag a bunkie, bring it in and rehook. That's not functional when bunker pods are out too far but works well for the other type of live-lining, namely foul-hooking bait them transporting for usage  next to or from atop a jetty. 

That second technique does involve some labor but is worth every second of effort when flipping a bunker off a jetty and watching it go psycho as bass converge from all around. Cruel but effective. 

The fluking has gone from too much wind to a bit too little, though most bayside folks will take that over the 35 knots we had the last couple days. It's a broken record about the small fish dominating but some folks have at least a sense of how to track down better ones, since I've gotten a couple more reports of very decent keeper-age. Odd aside: As folks clean fluke (and blues) they're occasionally finding small bunker. I'm half wondering if they're not actually seeing small semi-digested herring. As I've noted before, this is the time of year that huge balls of small (unidentified species) herring are around. I just don't know how peanut bunker would be in the mix this time of year. As for doormat fluke, they seem to be sequestered from the small stuff. However, trying to find -- and stay on -- schools of larger fluke is neigh impossible, even when dropping a marker in as soon as you take a keeper.   It does seem they are often on the first edge of tide change (inlet mainly), so following the advance on an incoming tide -- even in the backbay -- can sometimes work. 

 

I've been doing fair plugging for bass early a.m. and late-day. I'm not even remotely in the ballpark of the live-lining folks. I did get a 29-incher on a white Sassy. 

 

Entrant              Date        Weight    Length     Site                Bait          Date          Shop

Standing           Time          lbs/oz       Girth                                           Weighed

                      (Of catch)

1) Rob Lyman

6/4

47-10

48”

28 ½”

North Beach

Live bunker

6/4

Oceanside B&T

2) Dante Soriente

6/3

45-11

47”

29’

Beach Haven

Live bunker

6/3

Oceanside B&T

3) Kurt Horesnky

6/2

45-5

49”

28”

BH Gardens

Live bunker

6/2

Oceanside B&T

4) Andrew Schultz

6/3

43-12

46”

28”

Spray Beach

Live bunker

6/3

Oceanside B&T

5) Dave Bonanni

  

42-15

  

  

Bunker

  

Jingles

6) Steve Philpott

5/26

41-1

49”

24 ¼”

Beach Haven

Bunker

5/26

Jingles

7) Jason Delpalazzo

5/17

38-12

47.25”

25”

Barnegat Light

Bunker

5/17

Fisherman’s HDQ

8) B. Massa

 

35-12

 

 

Bunker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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