Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, June 03, 2007: Waves: 3-5 feet out of the south (not nearly as large as predicted). Water temps: Frigid 40s, though forecasted easterly winds could warm water very rapidly – if those winds actually develop.
Talks of crappy weather had many anglers calling off fishing trips or even heading back home before the weekend’s end. I have to admit that the reports from those who did work the surf indicated they probably could have headed home early and caught as much. Very poor in many areas. There were some bass taken out of the frigid surf but the action was slow. It was also a pick for those chasing bunker pods to fish beneath. However, more large bass (to 40 pounds) came via the bunker pod chasers. As noted, a few too many being brought home for nothing more than a tackle shop photo – and a chuck into the trashcan.
Not so bad with the fluking. Based on a few reports, there were some major hauls of keeper fluke caught by boat anglers over the weekend. One email read, “Jay, finally a great day for flatties. During one drift I caught more fish than I had caught since the season opened. I noticed the fluke were very splotchy on top as if they were camouflaged for a rocky bottom …”
Belated congrats to entertainer Paul Presto, who nabbed his largest bass ever, a 26-pounder caught last week on bunker.
“good afternoon everyone, sorry this is late I had a dream last night about a weakfish, so I had to get up at the crack of dawn to see if my dream would come true. answer no. water is still dirty due to south wind and the incoming water temp is 47 degree in the bay. how about it. bluefish still around like crazy, fluke bite was pretty good this week along with the bass. wednesday I had rich fernandez and daughter alexis out we caught a mess of blues and the bass were on fire. we boated 15 bass
with a 15lber being the biggest. friday was a whole different story. I had bob dobbs and friend frank out. we were on the weakfish hunt but no takers just the good old bluefish and one 3lb fluke that took the berkley gulp.. later we anchored up for bass but not one. tried the north jetty but the south wind kept pushing me into them making it difficult. all in all despite the wind and dirty water we all had a good time and brought some fish home for the table. talk to you next weak
Striped bass fishing has really taken off this week, and this year's great bluefish run has continued. There are plenty of hungry fish in the bay ready to inhale a clam bait, and huge schools of bunker are roaming along the beaches outside the being ravaged by big striped bass and bluefish. On Wednesday, I had Perry Iasiello from north Jersey out again, looking to get in on the great back bay bluefish and striper action we've been having. After a bit of a slow start during the incoming, once the tide turned we didn't have enough hands to keep lines in the water. At one point he called a friend who canceled out at the last minute to tell him how many fish we were missing(!) because three or four rods were bouncing at the same time and there was only the two of us to handle them. Things started with a 6# blackfish inhaling a clam bait as I was deploying our lines, and two hours later the scorecard read 12 bass, 15-18 blues, a nice sized fluke plus the 6# tog. What a blast!
Saturday I had George Selph and Bob Keller back to fish the 2nd Annual Ducks Unlimited Striper Shootout. Jigging and wire line trolling produced some early action on nice sized bass and some jumbo bluefish, then we finished the morning fishing snagged live bunker off the beach at Island Beach State Park. While we didn't win the tourney, the fishbox had three bass over 20#, including Bob's personal best of 23# , and a 12# bluefish that had George in contention for the bluefish prize. Things slowed down considerably once the south wind cranked up, but by that time we were ready and head in and enjoy the post-tournament party. Capt. Jack Shea "Rambunctious"