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Monday July 9, 2007 -- Waters looking better -- baitballs to the north

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 bassing was something sweet but that is not the feedback I got. Sure, there were some better bass takes along the beachfront but the overall feel was not one of heavy hooking. J.L. had a 32-inch bass on “bait” that, in his words, “I was thinking hard about keeping it but it gave me one of those looks and I just released it.” Been there, John.

A die-hard plugger has been getting “a couple fish each morning,” using mainly small swimming plugs. He recently lost one of his favorite plugs to a huge bluefish that he almost got in on 12-pound test unleadered line.

The wreck fishing (out a ways) is very good if you’re one of the early birds. Black seabass are everywhere, mainly 2-pounders on the large end. Smooth sailing in the a.m. could give way to sassier waters when midday sideshore winds kick in.

Fluking is where you find it, which is mainly in the ocean, though inlets are active as this hot weather drives the flatties out of the shallower bay areas. The halo zone around the reefs and Tires are gathering fluke. That is the sand parameters of the structures – sands heavily impacted by the nearby reefs. Bill Figley was among the first to notice that bonus zone related to the reefs. I’ve seen it extend hundreds of yards from the structure, maybe even a half mile.

I had a number of reports of fully nonstop gator bluefishing from the “offshore” stock. Headboats have been going out that far.

Here’s a read on that baitball bassing action just to our north –

Jay,

… Heard the bassing off Seaside was hot for snagging bunker so we left @ 4:45 AM SAT morning and started snagging bunker. Nothing doing until we found a smaller pod off Seaside and we were off to the races. The three of us landed 4 cows of 37.5 lbs, 36.3 lbs, 31.5 lbs and 30 lbs evern. Largest fish was 44 1/2 inches long with a huge girth and was caught on 12 lb test. Who said you can't land big fish on light line. We also had 5-6 other runoffs all on the same pod. There were about 6 boats on this pod and a kayaker who also landed a big fish. Everyone respected each other as far as backing off when we had fish on and it was nice to see that after all the reports and experiences of combat f ishing. Didn't have any other hits on any of the 5 other bunker pods we stopped on so my adviuce for what it's work is to move around on different pod until you find the fish and please repect those boats who are hooked up, it makes for a much better fishing experience for all. And yes the fish has been filet and flash frozen and will feed all of our 3 families for a couple weeks. I'm trying to send flash video of the fish.

All and all a great week of fishing

Tight lines, Potter

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Jay,

took my wife, Deb, out to break in her new rod and reel this afternoon, Sunday, July 8. We hit the morning, incoming tide at the inlet near the LEI buoy. I kept the sea robins out of the way while she caught a 18" fluke at on the first drift. The second drift was more productive for her as I netted her 26", 8 lb, 10 oz fluke! As usual, I caught another sea robin. She used gulp strip bait, minnow combo. A nice way to end the weekend. Enjoy the write ups and consistent fishing information! Keep up the good writing. Regards, John R.

(Thanks, John. Keep the reports coming. J-mann)

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