Sunday, May 10, 2009: It seemed like bassing was brisk yesterday. I had half a dozen reports of fish being caught. Not at a blinding pace by any stretch but consistent enough to alert the media over. There were at least three entries into Simply Bassin’. I’ll try to organize that input today.
Conditions are once gain good for bassing, once Mother’s Day things are taken care of. Mom rules to day so you really should take her along angling. I guess you should also do some other stuff, too, eh? Note: Winds were downright freaky overnight. It would drop to dew-still then begin honking enough to rattle the shutters, and then back to zero. Quite odd. Quite a summerish flash show over the ocean just at dark yesterday evening. A couple serious T-storm cells were acting up out at sea mid-Island southward. Along with cool cloud outlines during detonation, there was also an eerie yellowness to the flashes.
I had a couple very interesting reports of torridish bayside bassing. Mainly smaller fish but at a lost-count pace – near the bridges – and not just night either. Some folks throwing out bait during high sun caught fish, including a keeper on sandworms toward bayside BH Terrace. Fly fishing near the spans was good fun.
I don’t write a load on the weakfishing but there have been some stunning tiderunners taken, with a goodly number kept. I have verbal reports of at least two fish in the mid-teens of pounds. I looked at a photo of a 15-pounder with a belly to beat the band. It was a night fish, spans.
Bluefish remain a mystery – in their lateness. By now we should be crawling with the buggers but there is a spattering at best – and those are mainly mid-size models. The hordes of cocktail blues common to spring have not made a serious showing. I’m among the many who enjoy surface fishing them, usually late-day. on the flats. This is not to say that blues are a total no-show. Up toward Barnegat Inlet those 4- to 8-pounders are making regular passes and even wearing out some arm sockets for those boats right atop them larger schools.
Some folks who enjoy panfishing the bay (north end) are complaining about a very slow go at blowfish, which had been really increasing in recent springtimes. Kingfish are also way down. However, this is consistent with the extreme lateness of everything this year. By the by, the blowfish are yet another species that move in plumped for spawn. Letting them do their thing first then hitting them is really the way to go.
There are fluke out there but they’re also among the latecomers. Season is approaching quickly. Those being caught are obviously bycatch – and duly and dutifully released. Let’s make this upcoming fluke season be the year of the careful handling and release of un-kept fluke. It’s such a simple act to either flick unhook them without bringing them aboard or placing them on boat bottom to carefully unhook – without squeezing the life out of them by pinching them in the vital gill or internal organ area. If need be use a saltwater soaked rag to control fluke. Treat them like you take fluke fishing seriously – considering it is actually the number one meat fish for anglers.
Major drumfish are showing, clear over to the backbay holes. A couple are being kept for show – and possibly for consumption. I’m told some folks eat even the 70-pounders, after removed the huge load of “spaghetti worms.” Whatever. I’m told the stomach flats don’t have worms but that is a disgraceful waste of fish to eat just that portion and nix the rest. Stick with a photo-and-release. Main black drum biomass is near Little Egg Inlet westward.
Here’s an odd story off the wires:
May 8, 2009 - PEKIN, Ill., Authorities in Illinois said an Asian carp in the Illinois River jumped out of the water and knocked a man from his jet ski.
The Pekin Fire Department said Tad Newell, 22, called 911 on his cell phone after the fish knocked him into the river and his jet ski began sinking, the Peoria (Ill.) Journal-Star reported Thursday.
'I turned to avoid a tire floating in the water, and an Asian carp flew up and hit the jet ski,' Newell told the Pekin Daily Times. 'I went one way, and the (jet) ski went the other. I couldn't get the (jet) ski to flip over, so I called 911.'
Fire Chief Chuck Lauss said firefighters in a rescue boat towed the jet ski to a dock and rescued Newell, who was uninjured, the Journal-Star reported.