Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday, May 18, 2013: Real nice out there. Radio chatter and dockside info has bass from Barnegat Inlet north, mainly on the troll – and quite a ways up, toward Seaside. However, areas have bubbled up with bass much nearer so think in terms of working waters along all IBSP – and even straight out from inlet.
Surf fishing conditions are ideal for chunking clams of bunker. Plugs are working. I had me an edible 30”er this a.m. but did one of those “should I/shouldn’t I” things and flipped it back in – egged on by a nasty, albeit older war wound scar it had toward its tail. It went for a Spro with white plastic add on. Also had a small fluke on a smaller ½-ounce jighead with stubby brown plastic. Had some other short hits that might have been fluke.
The big bass news comes from the boat of Ken Nutt’s Striper. His daughter Amanda, 23, rattled the scales with a 56-3 striper that went for a trolled bunker spoon. It was weighed in at Fisherman’s HDQ. She caught the fish shortly after crewmate Johnny Tilton took a 29-pounder. Ken was working the waters off IBSP. When I chatted with him today, he was working a charter, trolling off Seaside, and was once again into nice bass.
Fluking has been brisk to classic. I never offer locales since this is a shootout that needs no leadership. Get out there and you’ll find them. And, yes, they're even in the surf and can also be taken (a location this one time) from the rock, Barnegat Inlet south jetty.
Berkeley Striper Club Spring Tournament Benefits Our Fisheries
The Berkeley Striper Club will be holding its 10th Annual Spring Tournament 5/31/13 - 6/8/13. The tournament will be for striped bass and bluefish. The boundaries have been expanded this year to include all New Jersey waters. The only restrictions are that no fishing is allowed from piers, bridges or boats.
Merchandise prizes having a total value of over $10,000. will be awarded. The fees to enter are $15. for the bluefish category, $20. for the striped bass category or $30. to enter both. There will be 1st to 20th place prizes for bluefish and 1st to 20th place prizes for striped bass. Those not interested in the merchandise prizes may opt to enter the various cash categories. Of course you may enter all the categories if you prefer. The door prizes and food that we will have at our awards ceremony will make your entry fee well worthwhile even if you don't weigh in a fish. All those who enter the merchandise categories are guaranteed to win at least on door prize. The awards ceremony will be held at the Seaside Park Municipal Building on 6/9/13 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.
All the money raised is earmarked for our Fisheries Defense Fund and is then donated to organizations that protect or enhance our recreational fisheries. To date our club has donated over $25,000. to these organizations. Stripers Forever has been our biggest beneficiary. For those who may not know, SF is the Internet group seeking to make striped bass a no sale or game fish along the entire east coast rather than just in certain states like New Jersey. We have also donated a large amount of money to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and lesser amounts to other organizations.
Those interested may download an application, check out the prize list, rules registration and weigh-in stations as well as and obtain other information by visiting www.berkeleystriperclub.org or by contacting Paul Haertel at (973)943-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail in registrations are currently being accepted but you may also register at various tackle stores from Long Branch to Brigantine.