Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Possible world record tog: More below.
Yet another brilliant cat move:
Sunday, November 29, 2015: There was a beloved blues song, just before my time, called “What a difference a Day Makes,” by Dinah Washington. It’s a little known fact that she was singing about having a gorgeous fishing day followed, the very next day, by a cold and raw fishing session.
OK, so maybe all the words in the sing don’t match that theme but where I was literally short-sleeving it yesterday, it is multilayer raw-cold out there this a.m. The winds are brisk north, blowing down a New England feel. It’s raw, awaiting a clearing later today.
The overnight rains ended early on, allowing an impressive number of surfcasters to bundle up and hit the sands. I drove the beach and saw plenty of anglers hand-holding rods. Considering the cold, they were either highly dedicated to the last day of the holiday weekend or had already taken a couple decent hits.
Here’s a video look at this a.m.’s surfcasting conditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLiKT6HN9H8&feature=youtu.be
I saw skates being fought. I know that before they’re even brought in since anglers see me watching from my stopped truck and give me the international sign for a skate on the line: flapping arms.
Below: Universal "skate-on" signal.
There are still some surf stripers coming to light today. See Classic update down below. In fact, this overcastness and switch to north winds might even spark the bite a bit as the day wears on – though maybe not in time for folks who have to head home this afternoon.
Last week for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic:
BASS MAN: I had a very dedicated fall angler say he has never seen so many fall skate. I must also note this same angle has also had uncanny luck nabbing bass in the surf this fall, so he’s not sweating the little stuff, i.e. garbagefish.
He attributes his success to a switch to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) rigs, including smaller circle hooks dangled off a simple dropper loop tied on unleadered, off-the-spool line. He then just ties a sinker to the tag end, no clip.
There is no doubt he’s now catching bass when others, even nearby, aren’t. However, I think it’s far more his insane care and handling of fresh bait. He’s one of the only angler I know who gets fresh bunker, goes home with it and, in the kitchen sink, meticulously prepares chunks and donuts. It’s like he’s preparing sushi. He has this thing about razor sharp edged on the prepared bait.
He’s also one of the many who believe human hand smells must be washed off, which he does using – you ready for this? – a “veggie wash” cleaner. He not only washes his hands with the veggie wash before handling the bait but he even sprays it on the bunker now and again, then rinses it off. Hey, the veggie wash is organic, usually containing citrus, coconut, corn, and other plant-based essences. Oddly, instead of then bagging his prepared pieces, to allow the bunker essence to ooze forth, he dried the bait. He swears this allows the oils to stay inside the bait until it hits the water. Who am I to argue?
By the by, he chucks the head. Doesn’t use them.
While this angler obviously knows his bunker, he still refuses to openly recognize my irrefutable theory that female bunker catch more fish than male bunker. It all has to do with the oil egg, dude. Dude?
BUGGYIST ALERT: For mobile anglers, there remains some tough drives on skinny beach areas. It’s the ongoing waves and full-moon high tides riding high up certain unreplenished beach sections – and even some replened areas of Brant Beach. Afternoon drive-abouts shouldn’t be as bad with dropping tides.
Here's the latest look at the Classic weigh-ins. I see where Roman W Onyszczuk Jr nabbed a very nice 30 lbs. 2 oz. 43 in. 23 3/4 in. in Brant Beach yesterday. Shows some cows are still out and about.
|Today, 3:00 PM||Today, 4:30 PM||Lynn L. Shallcross||Striped Bass||12 lbs. 2 oz.||33 in.||17 in.||Barnegat Light||Bunker|
|Today, 1:10 PM||Today, 1:35 PM||Steve Warren||Striped Bass||10 lbs. 8 oz.||32 in.||16 3/4 in.||Surf City||Bunker|
|Today, 11:00 AM||Today, 1:30 PM||Rick Zanes||Striped Bass||17 lbs. 13 oz.||38 in.||18 7/8 in.||Barnegat Light||Bunker|
|Today, 10:45 AM||Today, 12:12 PM||Brian Schmidt||Striped Bass||16 lbs. 13 oz.||34 1/2 in.||21 in.||Harvey Cedars||Bunker|
|Today, 9:30 AM||Today, 12:00 PM||Gary S. Deanley Sr.||Striped Bass||12 lbs. 14 oz.||33 in.||18 3/4 in.||Harvey Cedars||Bunker|
|Today, 9:00 AM||Today, 11:28 AM||Mike Gowen||Striped Bass||12 lbs. 10 oz.||33 1/2 in.||18 in.||Surf City||Bunker|
|Today, 8:15 AM||Today, 8:40 AM||Christine Johnson||Striped Bass||16 lbs. 2 oz.||33 7/8 in.||19 3/4 in.||Surf City||Bunker|
|Today, 8:00 AM||Today, 1:30 PM||Patrick Phillps||Striped Bass||19 lbs. 9 oz.||38 3/4 in.||20 1/2 in.||North Beach||Bunker|
|Today, 7:45 AM||Today, 9:00 AM||Robert Braack||Striped Bass||13 lbs. 12 oz.||32 3/4 in.||18 1/4 in.||Loveladies||Bunker|
|Today, 7:00 AM||Today, 11:00 AM||Rich Astor|
Hit the water for our annual Thanksgiving fishing trip. A true gentleman's trip, left late, came back early. Caught 7 nice bass in the 33"-39" range and kept 5 of them for the table. Today I made my last trip of the season. Made a right hand turn and should of stayed right around the inlet. Either way, after our southern detour we made our way back to the inlet and boated 10 or 12 bass, putting 5 in the box. Had the pleasure seeing a whale surface a few times for us on the way in. Sometimes you wish the fishing was better, but mother nature never disappoints when you are on the water.
Continued to score well on bass. Saturday was snag n drop for Ryan Miller and his uncle Jeff. Amazing amount of bunker in front of northern LBI. Sunday was hardcore with rain and a cold north wind. Did not have to venture past the inlet for all out blitz conditions. Peanut bunker spraying, adult bunker all balled up next the the north jetty with no place to go but over. And a feeding whale my client saw but I missed.