Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
BEWARE OF THE BOG PIRANHA: Sport editor Rick Mellerup first alerted me to wild and wacky things being caught in Stafford Forge lake. Check his story in this issue.
Seems piranha – or at-least piranha-type hard-biting foreign fish – are now being caught in “The Forge,” as the main lake is…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 17, 2007 at 5:42pm — No Comments
Monday, July 16, 2007: Waves: 1-3 foot south swell. Water clarity: Fair at best; still churned up after south winds and very cold, some 50-degree temps taken in the suds. Warmer water not far off as winds go to the north.
An odd weather day. Despite forecasts for clear and hot, it was mainly cloudy with winds from the north -- fairly brisk but backing down to light during the afternoon.…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 16, 2007 at 10:23pm — No Comments
Sunday, July 15, 2007: Waves: Choppy 1-3 foot short-period southerly wind swell.
Winds are kicking up today and seem destined to slow fishing. Yesterday saw decent (not great) conditions that led to some decent (not great) fishing, mainly on the fluke front, which is now fully ¾ of the nearshore fishing direction. Reports and radio chatter had some fair cooler play with the usual load of…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 15, 2007 at 6:39pm — No Comments
Add-to for July 13, 2007:
I wanted to note the proposed development for bayside Holgate. A Holmdel firm wants to build townhouses and a marina on an undeveloped, un-bulkheaded portion of bayside Beach haven Inlet, as Holgate is sometimes called. I’m taking no stance on this proposal at this time – though that could change as various groups get…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 13, 2007 at 7:27pm — No Comments
Friday, July 13, 2007: Waves: Small. Water clarity: Very good. Winds: Brisk south.
We’re into a south flow again. This will help the fluke drift early on but could max out if the SE’erlies push things a tad too much as the day goes on. Ocean flattie fishing remains decent. Target water depths are pushing 55 feet and deeper. G.H. emailed after finally having a good day on fluke. “I…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 13, 2007 at 5:32am — No Comments
Added by jaymann on July 12, 2007 at 10:14am — No Comments
Thursday, July 12, 2007: Waves: Dropping 2-3 foot south swell. Water clarity: Good.
We were definitely into the Dog Days with that sweltering heat or late but starting today things cool-ify. In fact, there’s almost a chill to the air this early a.m. – not to mention 20 mph gusts from the west.
The catching has been ultra-typical of…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 12, 2007 at 5:46am — No Comments
Seeing Stripers In Situ and Goin’ Buggy
SCOPING LAIDBACK STRIPERS: In response to my recent columns on spearfishing, I had a majorly interesting chat with a highly experienced diver (non fisherman) who has been scuba diving and snorkeling our jetties for years. I won’t say…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 10, 2007 at 10:31pm — No Comments
Monday, July 09, 2007: Waves: Small. Winds: Light. Water clarity: Excellent.
A fleet of Barnegat Inlet-based anglers rushed north to cash in on the baitball action (see below). I wish I could say the LBI-based…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 9, 2007 at 2:52pm — No Comments
Sunday, July 08, 2007: Waves: Persistent 2-4 foot windswell. Water clarity: very slow clean-up; south to north along the beach.
The beachfront did not snap too with cleaner and clear waters, after the hard south winds churned things to hell and back a couple days back. The cleaner water hung maybe 50 yards off the beach in many areas but left the close-in castable waters dingy and…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 8, 2007 at 10:29pm — No Comments
So that's what a 10-pound fluke looks like. Thanks, Blake. Caught recently in west Barnegat Bay.
Saturday, July 07, 2007: Waves: Slight 2-3 foot south swell. Water clarity: Poor but improving.
Kick-ass day out there. One of the nicest this summer. Fishing however is pushing so-so and struggling to manage that. Last-nighters found the slow…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 7, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Thursday, July 05, 2007:
Winds have blown away the fishing potential. Southerly gusts to 30 mph have churned the surf (and dirtied it up) along with dropping ocean temps into the 50s. Some bayside flukers have used sedges as wind blocks but that leaves only the flatties in short drift zones, often small fish.
Winds will gradually go westerly…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 5, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments
PYKRETE IS TOTALLY COOL: It’s been pretty well established that this column likes to roam freely in fringe fishing realms – as in, stuff that has virtually nothing to do…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 5, 2007 at 10:50am — No Comments
Monday, July 02, 2007: Waves: Small.
Thanks to the following reporters for filling in my blog today -- as I write heavily at work.
Have a few fun stories for you about this weekend. Saturday we headed out with the family for a boat trip off BH. Decided to stalk bunker schools instead of fluke fishing. I snagged a pair of bunker and…
Added by jaymann on July 2, 2007 at 10:13pm — No Comments
Sunday, July 01, 2007: Waves: Building to 2-4 feet but afternoon with a strong north to south current.
(Money for winners of Simply Bassin’ 2007 is in the shops. Go to the shop were you weighed in the bass. It was the largest turnout yet for the event, with a touch over 180 anglers, meaning the prize money was close to the 200-entrant schedule. Thanks to all those who joined…Continue
Added by jaymann on July 1, 2007 at 6:43pm — No Comments
Saturday, June 30, 2007:
Just a quick early-day note to say brown sharks are in and large. Mainly water of the South End. Sharkers have landed big fish with the famed and seemingly inevitable unstoppable run-offs thrown in. There’s always the chance of a huge bull being in the mix – and among the unstoppables when maxing out in size. With rays now showing – in small…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 30, 2007 at 10:00am — No Comments
Thursday, June 28, 2007:
Overly clear water getting stirred a bit, as upwelling knocks down the water temps. Westerlies tonight and tomorrow will smooth things out and likely bring back that dramatically clear aqua.
Some folks are tapping bayside South End after dark and jigging up very large fluke, to over 5 pounds. Can’t give more details than that…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 28, 2007 at 9:57pm — No Comments
Wednesday, June 27, 2007:
Some fair fluking early today (Double Creek had a few of those keeper fluke spurts) then the wind played ruiner.
After a period of fine fishing I have to admit things are not so hot. In fact, they’re downright crappy for a few of my regular reports. Here’s a bit of encapsulation of that slowness:
“jay, i just couldn’t bring…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 27, 2007 at 10:58pm — No Comments
Monday, June 25, 2007: Loads of info rushing in so I’ll let it do the talking for me as I prepare for the largest SandPaper issue of the year. For my weekly column I have a un tail of a lost rod, a desperately diving spouse and a jetty that kept a marriage off the rocks.
Added by jaymann on June 25, 2007 at 9:22pm — No Comments
Saturday, June 23, 2007: It gets no clearer – or dingier.
The nearshore water, right up to where the last of the suds dissolves into the wet sand, was so clear that the chances of catching a fish were clearly impossible. OK, so maybe a small fluke was taken near jetties but only predawn offered a serious shot at a striper. In Harvey Cedars, I was watching a fellow casting out…Continue
Added by jaymann on June 23, 2007 at 11:45pm — No Comments