Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wed. Nov. 6, 2011:
I finally drag myself out of the swamp of a nasty sinusy viral mess and right into spit-worthy weather. Any other time, light rain and sky crap would just drain off my back. However, in the recovery mode, I'm going to limit my plugging time.
I don't want to get pissy all over again (it's bad for my immune system) but it sure sucks having Holgate shut-down. There was something soothing about heading down there in the crappiest of weather. It always had some quieter corner and, most of all, some subdued surf for those sit-back conditions.
Griping done, I've been talking with anglers going at it pretty hard yesterday and they all said "You ain't missin' nothin'." There were bass and blues being caught but the pace is pretty pathetic for the height of the hooking season. However, at work yesterday I pulled out some old (1955) publications from the then-Striped Bass Derby and read how that early tourney ended (it was over by now) with nary a fish being caught by the nearly 1,500 entrants. That was when some pathetically small fish could be kept -- and the stock was supposedly through the ceiling. Interestingly, back in the day, bassing was all but taken off the shelves after the derby. My mentor, Dick Clements, wrote about storing equipment for the winter. Nowadays, the end of the tourney marks the often super brisk schoolie season -- a boon time for us pluggers. But let's not get too far ahead, the Classic is still going strong -- and it would be a total stunner if a striper caught the very first day made it all the way through to the end as a grand prizer.
Today it seems the hooking has improved. Based on early-day Classic returns, blues and bass are being more cooperative. Nothing big but enough to indicate late afternoon could be real decent.
It's time to begin thinking about that Thanksgiving striper -- and this year it might be needed to compliment that small. Check this out:
That big turkey dinner won't just put you to sleep this year; it'll also cost you an arm and a wing. According to a recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the price of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will rise 13 percent this year. That means an average meal for 10 could set you back $49.20, up $5.73 from 2010.
Tom Turkey is the main culprit behind the biggest increase in 26 years. A 16-pound bird will run $21.57, up more than 22 percent from last year.
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The striped bass action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has been fantastic for the past week. The only problem has been some poor weather including thick fog, strong winds, and strong seas.
Captain Fran Verdi of the “Dropoff” reports the fishing last week was “off the charts.” He termed last Wednesday’s fishing as “epic.” His open boat group of four anglers limited out in just an hour with eight fish and played catch and release for the rest of the day. Every cast resulted in a fish and most of them were 18-25 pounds.
Poor weather over the weekend made ocean fishing difficult, and Captain Fran spent his time fishing in the inlet.
The “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda had planned to sail last weekend for some offshore wreck fishing, but had a change of heart due to strong winds and seas.
Instead of heading offshore, they fished close to the beach for a nice pick of striped bass and some big bluefish. The swells made jigging difficult, but they caught enough fish to make everyone happy and Chumley won the pool with a 21-pounder. Captain Frank has an assortment of trips scheduled including stripers, sea bass, and blackfish.
Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” took Ray McVry and five of his friends trolling for Striped Bass recently. They had a great trip, limiting out on striped bass with the smallest fish measuring 33-inches. They also picked up a couple of nice bluefish.
Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Star Fish” has been putting together some nice catches of stripers on everyone of his trips. Last Sunday he had Randy Godshall and his fiancée Indy Park of Souderton, Pa., out to try and catch their first striped bass. They went out through the north cut at Holgate and got into fish before they reached Beach Haven. In 40-feet of water the real action started. The best rigs were the stretch lures and umbrella rigs.
Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com or by calling 1-877-LBI-BHCFA (1-877-524-2423).