Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
BHM&TC's LBI Cup Winner went to the vessel Net, with hookers Ryan Schramm and Sean Oler. Fish are 32 and 36 lbs. I think I heard spoons were used.
Sunday, June 02, 2013: Another sunny windified day out there. Still, can’t complain, though I’m not jumping on any ocean fishing trips.
If you’ve been ping-ponging from Island to mainland like me, we owe a dept of gratitude to the Island’s air conditioning system. Sure, I, like you, heard some sophomoric whining about it being “chilly” on the beach. Wait, let me run and reset the perfection gauge a little more exactly.
Yesterday, I had to put in just a short run of exertive activity over toward Rte. 539 and fell to the heat like a pale-skinned bather taking a five-foot wave in the shorebreak. I cut short my plans and zipped seaward. The natural AC was thoroughly soothing.
That said, the fishing reports were all over the board.
The sure-fire hooking came via fluke. Surfcasters are nabbing some astounding flattyieds. Baited jigs working well. Both natural (squid, mackerel, bunker pieces) and fake-o (GULP!) getting it done. Also heard of smaller jigs with plastic tails nabbing surfside fluke, though short hits are more common using plastics.
Bayfishing fluke again shows thee pattern of volume south and doormats north.
Near Barnegat Inlet, some flats to over 55 pounds were taken.
Little Egg and adjacent waters had nonstop hooking for those folks battling the big breezes. The good part was the decent number of keepers even in the high-volume zones. That’s good for the fish, too – in an oddish way that only odder wayish folks like myself ponder.
I have it on solid anecdotal evidence that when folks are regularly catching better fluke among the many shorts, they tend to be a tad gentler when dehooking and releasing the no-goers.
No fish – other than (somewhat surprisingly) sharks – are more easily hand damaged to death than flatfish. Yes, I constantly warn of that but who else speaks for the fluke themselves. And I do it pro bono.
I can’t agree with some so-called scientific studies suggesting as many as 60 percent of all caught-and-released fluke die of bodily damage inadvertently – and sometimes close to purposely -- inflicted by their catchers. However, even a 25 percent collateral death rate is totally unacceptable since it’s avoidable.
The big killer is the squeeze. The first secure hold-it point a hand slips to when grabbing a flapping fluke is the squishy body cavity. It then gets [pressured to the point of fatally disengaging internal organs that really have to be constantly engaged. Many anglers know this and still squeeze where they shouldn’t.