Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday June 15, 08 -- Bassing well worth the effort --

A mortal dread of losing power out at sea. Sunday, June 15, 2008: Waves: Small. Wind: Light to none. Overcast. Water clarity in surf: Fair to poor; weed and turbidity; can change quickly with these light winds, as cleaner water is near the beach and is working its way in. With a load of anglers working the surf and nearshore bait pods, some serious fish were taken. Along with a 33-11 surf striper taken by Jay Endick, bound for Simply Bassin’ . Contestant Craig Tice couldn’t bust onto the leaderboard but had a 27-13 and a 17-9 on bunker in Ship Bottom. I am tracking down the data behind a couple 50-pounders that hit the scales, brought in by boat anglers. I also had word of some decent plugging and jigging near the beach, early morn and right before closing (dusk). Ken Chew landed a 35-15 bass using a plug. I didn’t get word on what type plug – fishing folks follow (faithfully) which plugs are working. Bluefishing remains torrid-plus. Seabassing is good to very good. Fluking is very decent to downright good (larger baits highly reommended). Weakfishing is between the spring spawn (departing fish) and the arrival of over-summering sparklers. PRIZED PLUG SAGA: Great story from a fellow who cast off a hyper-prized handmade surface plug. Hey, we’ve all done that cast-off think -- and immediately blame faulty line, even though a little detective work clearly indicates the plug broke away at the knot, as evidenced by the end of the line showing kinks and swirls where the knot once resided. Anyway, this caster could barely see the cherished cast-off plug bobbing about in choppy water inside the sandbar. He commenced with that last-ditch cast-and-snag method we all utilize, whereby you cast another plug at the one floating, hoping to override it for a snag-up between the trebles of the two plugs. While that method works maybe 50 percent of the time, it wasn’t about to work for this guy. In something I refer to as the “ain’t that a bitch” principle, this fellow had gone days without a hit on his plugs and no sooner had he cast his retrieval plug out than it got royally blasted -- just as he was homing in on the lost one, much less. “Here I finally had a big fish on and was totally bummed,” he told, adding ,“I was trying like anything just to get this big fish in while trying to keep an eye on the lost plug.” It didn’t work, he totally lost sight of the cast-off plug. Well, the culprit, so to speak, was a huge bluefish. “Man, was I bummed to see it was only a blue.” Bite your tongue, friend. It would turn out that once again, a despised blue was saving the day. How so? This is the gospel truth (backed by a photo): When he finally got the blue in and was scrambling to get it off to go back to cast for the lost plug, he was almost foul-hooked by a plug stuck to the side of the blue. You guessed it. There was the wayward hand-carved plug dangling from the side of that blue. And here’s why the blue was a hero. Had that been a scaly bass, there wouldn’t have been a chance of that plug foul-hooking for a ride to the beach. Yes, the bluefish was released with great care. “I even told the blue how thankful I was as I released it. People heard me talking to the fish and thought I had lost my marbles.” The plug is now permanently retired. “Something I should have done to begin with,” he said. As for yet another big fish that got away – and took the works with them – here’s an email from my talented musician buddy Paul P. “Hi Jay, Thursday evening I was on the beach with a with a friend who is not your avid fisherman!!! He fishes the beach about 2 times a year!!!! I have to bait his hook, cast the line and if he is lucky enough to catch a fish, unhook it and fillet it if its a keeper!!! You get the picture!!!! We fished for 2hrs on the outgoing tide without so much as a tap!!!!!!!! We were waiting for another friend who also doesn't fish very often. When he arrived he asked how we were doing and I told him we hadn't had a bite in 2hrs!!! He then asked me to help him put a weight on his rig. I put my rod in the spike (Which I Never do unless I'm putting bait on) and walked the 10 steps to him. I looked back to check my pole AND IT WAS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $225.00 later I'll be buying a new outfit!!!!! I'm sure we will read about a guy who snags a 10FT Okuma rod with a 4500 shimano baitcaster reel with a big striper still attached!!!!!!! I was very sad to lose the rod but can't help to wonder what pulled it out to sea. I'm hoping it was a big ray and not the 30 to 40lb striper I was looking for!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paul” SIMPLY BASSIN’ WIND DOWN: Another bassing regular has come on-leaderboard. Jay Endick needed every bit of his 33-11 striper to take over the 8th spot. He was the second leaderboarder who went live bunker to coax a major keeper. Jay’s cow came from the Beach Haven area. You now need a bass over 33-11 (43”) to qualify. Here the latest leaderboard into the final stretch: 1)Shawn Taylor 48-12 47 ¼”27” 2) Joe Filice 42-8 47”27” 3) Gene Slaughterm. 41-0 47 ½” 25 ½” 4) Jason DePalazzo . 38-13 44”26” 5) Cindy Thomas 38-11 48”24 ½” 6) Steve Warren . 37-12 45 ½”25” 7) Dante Soriente 36-14 45 ½”26” 8) Jay Endick 33-11 43”24” Bump) Greg O’ Connell 31-8 43 ¼”23 ¼”

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Comment by Stephen F. on June 18, 2008 at 10:37pm
So where's the picture of the Blue with the foul-hooked prized plug?
Comment by jaymann on June 18, 2008 at 11:55pm
Will the angler who called me about the hand-carved plug caught by the bluefish please call back or send me that cellphone pic you took. Thanks much.


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