Wednesday, October 29, 2008:
Check out Greg’s details of his tourney-leading bass (below update)
Big blues continue to make their presence known, north to south. The slammers are going to those surfcasters displaying the most perseverance. Chunk baits work best. Plugs and metals aren’t cutting it since the blues are scattered pods and not blitzers.
I got word of some real decent bassing, South End. Seems plugs and even spoons are working. Liveline-ables are getting hard to come by. I know some shops have them, including BL B&T and also I noticed (Andy) Tonnesens (Old Bay Ave. in Manahawkin) has signs out for live spot.
The bass are moving toward peak fall times. It seems the run will be better than in recent years – and is also pretty much right on schedule. Oddly, what we don’t want are more bass, as in schoolies.
I had a chat with a hardcore plugger who said he’s having a really decent fall, though bass are running small.
(Big bass background info)
Read your blog and saw that you said to contact you. I really enjoy your ramblings, for lack of a better word, cuz you never know where your gonna go. Fishing, political, treasure hunting, pines, and so on. Obviously the up to the minute fishing reports, and more importantly water conditions, are super helpfull to someone who doesnt live on the island.
As for the derby, Ive pretty much stuck to my normal pattern of fishing north early. I normally focus more south in weeks 4,5,6. In 5 trips to the island (thus far), Ive landed 12 bass of derby size (6 weigh in / 6 release). The first 11 were carbon copy 35-38"ers.
A few of my fellow fishing club guys decided to stalk me (LOL) last friday night and make the hike up in BL. In the first hour I landed our only two bass (35" and 36") on body chunks. I joked with them that I was tired of that size fish and was only gonna fish heads the rest of the night. Well after throwing heads for 2hrs w/o a bite I snuck a big body chunk out there. And sure enough w/i 5 mins the rod was doubled over.
Fish put up a good fight early and then again late. The last 25 yards is brutal with a fish that size and big waves. Every time I gained some line the waves/current would take it right back. And everytime the fish changes direction you know your line is catching fins, broken shells, and so on. When I finally got my hands on it obviously I was excited. Based on a few quick measurements and cell phone calculator, I knew it had a shot. The multiple hour wait for the bait shop to open was brutal. Thankfully Robbie Vallone, a derby heavy weight, was awake and had a few cold beers to help pass the time.
Fish taped at 48" in length and had a 28" girth. Following cleaning we checked the stomach and it was totally empty. So I guess he was hungry. If you have any other specific questions feel to ask. Especially since I know I got questions for you if I can ever bend your ear. Mainly about the island's bay side fishery. Im down so much at night I'd love to find a few spots to bucktail down the south end. Ive done the bridge a bunch with limited success. Another time.
Take care and good luck.
(Great data. Many thanks, Greg.
Any ideas on when the phosphorus will clear out of the bay?
We were out Friday night and it was glowing. Didn't catch anything and
of course blame the glow. –Shawn
(Got me baffled on that one. The glowing phytoplankton is a great thing for larval fish and many smaller organisms but what it does to gamefish is going to take some research on my part. J-mann)
PETA at it again:
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [The Wichita Eagle, Kan.] - October 29, 2008 - WICHITA, Kan., For generations you've known them as walleye, crappie, catfish and bass.
They're now to be called ``Sea kittens,'' according to an animal-rights group wanting fish to have a cuter, more cuddly name.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is hoping a new moniker will bring an end to man's dastardly act of catching and consuming fish. . . .. I mean sea kittens.
No problem with the name change for me.
I'll love their cute sea kittens -- right next to hushpuppies on my plate.
But PETA's logic seems a few fins short of a full flounder. It's trying to add human qualities to everything from guppies to giant tuna.
Among other things, PETA claims sea kittens are sensitive, intelligent animals that build relationships, show affection and grieve the death of other fish.
Are we talking the real world or Disney?
Whoever wrote the release hasn't been reeling in a 20-pound tuna when a shark bent on a 'relationship' turned it into just a two-pound gasping head on the hook.
A school of big wipers don't seen too sensitive, or show much grief, when they ravage a school of tiny shad they've corralled to the surface.
Hey, if sea kittens can eat sea kittens, why can't I?
Actually, PETA should be proud of angling folks like me. No doubt every big crappie, walleye and white bass I clean has eaten hundreds or thousands of itty-bitty sea kitties to get so large.
'Saving sea kittens one fillet at a time' could be a catchy campaign. Sign me up for a bumper sticker.
I'm in great company.
And did Christ feed the 5,000 plus with five loaves of bread and two tubs of tofu?
He performed his miracle with sea kittens.
Half of the 12 Disciples were sea kitten catchers.
I don't recall ever reading 'catch and release' in the New Testament.
Catch-and-release purists, don't think you're immune from accusations of sea kitten abuse.
PETA says they'll be exposing your sport, where sea kittens are 'maimed,' to elementary schools near you. They'll especially target schools where sea kittens are served for lunch.
Who knows, maybe the sea kitten name will catch on.
But I'll always have to snicker when I tell a waiter, 'I'll have the sea kitten of the day, please, grilled with butter and lime and seasoned with a little dill.'
I have no intention of abandoning an important part of a lifestyle that's allowed me times outdoors with my children and, hopefully, future times with grandchildren.
I'll teach them the natural solitude of a quiet pond and the simple enjoyment of watching bobbers dance and bass smash poppers.
I hope they'll learn the satisfaction that comes from furnishing their family a meal that's well-earned, delicious and nutritious.
And sometime during one of those meals I'll probably impart on them some sage, grandfatherly wisdom.
Never apologize for your position in the food chain, kids. Now take some more of that delicious sea kitten and pass it on.