Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday, June 09, 2007: I chatted with a few anglers along LBI beaches and none had much luck. Problem could be the over-clear water during the day. There was also baffling bait loss for just about all surfcasters. I told a couple anglers in HC who were rapidly losing bait and suggested it might be kingfish slowly tearing apart clam gobs. It could also be crabs, which are showing heavily in the surf.
I got some astounding hooking tales emanating from the area around the New South Jetty over to the wading shoals. The hooking was fully furious, fish after fish in some instances. The jetty itself was offering stripers to plug throwers. Largest fish were approaching 30 pounds, with many catch-and-release bass. There are some adds to the Simply Bassin’ tourney. I’ll get them out tomorrow. The potential for big bass after dark is sky-high tonight.
The north winds have blown in much milder water. Mid-60s were commonplace.
The JCAA fluke tourney produced a half mile of flatties. Check: www.jcaa.org and click where it says “Click anywhere to see Tournament results.” Largest fluke was 10.62, weighed in at the Jersey City port.
I concur with your observation of all the baby spearing and whatever -- all around my bulkhead and even in deep water at my breakwater at the end of the dock. But haven't seen any big spearing recently - will have to put the dock lights on on a calm night and check. Makes me think that maybe that teaser I use 18" in front of the killie/squid hook should be reeeaaallly small if this is the hatch we want to match. A few years back, I caught my biggest fluke - over 11 lbs - at the Middle grounds on the teaser, thought it was a more standard 2 1/2" size. STEVE S