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Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007: Nice weather, widespread catching

Sunday, September 30, 2007: Waves: Small.

With a ton of anglers out there it’s not surprising hat reports are all over the board and all over the species.

Toward the inlets, bluefishing remains through the all-time ceiling in many areas. The small blues, mainly 2 pounds or smaller, can be caught at a plugging rate of a fish every three or four casts -- and often a fish-per-cast during flurries, often marked by bustin’ mullet. Bait-fishing for blues is often too brisk to even get a rod into a holder. Along the front beach, blishing is sometimes sketchy but there are nice runs of cocktails, plus, there are some other takers.

The croakers are moving in with a bit more authority. They are now wider spread with most any beachfront offering a few.

Staying on the beach and near the inlets, the kingfish are at the height of their move-out but are still far from plentiful – and way off of what we had a few years back. The kingfish are running decent sized. Many folks are using mullet pieces to attract the kings. The dual rigs with red floats (pompano-type rigs) are the best set-up though bottom rigs (single or double) also work well, except the calico crabs seem very plentiful and able to debait hooks on the bottom. Crabs don’t seem to fall for GULP.

I’ll switch to the bay and backbay to reiterate what many anglers have said: It has been the best weakfishing year many of them have ever seen – and the sparklers just keep coming. Imagine nonstop weakies with some of the largest fish since the spring spawn. The switch is to live of fresh dead mullet. Also, jigs work well. Somewhat oddly, the action is still very backbay. I have to think that reflects on the massive bluefish presence once the weaks move toward the open waters. There are also loads of weakies near Barnegat Inlet, with a heavy after-dark bite. The spans (bridges) are also holding weaks, though they seem a tad smaller than everywhere else.

I had a fellow triggerfish-eating fan tell me about all the trigs he’s finding near the Marshelder islands, across for the Holgate tip. He’s had as many as 10 in one session, along with that keeper blackfish (which hang out on those shell beds). There is astoundingly deep water near the south island. Just about anything can hang in there. In fact, I think bass overwinter there.

Bassing is so-so at best and absent at worst. Plugs (poppers and slow swimmers) seem to be the bet bet for finding the few stripers out there. Somewhat oddly, there have been next to no bass caught on the far south end, traditionally a top bassing spot in September.

Clamming on the Holgate mudflats has been the worst anyone has ever seen. The reason lies in the all-summer presence of clammers sneaking onto off-limits waters.

Mullet run is at it height. Spearing are river thick yet only about a third or less into their migration.

Al M. had a dozen large porgies and three triggers by chumming bunker and dropping small squid pieces.

Tomorrow will see the slow turning off of the traffic signals on LBI (maybe by midday) and the raising of the speed limits. That is astoundingly good news for me, both speed-wise and gas-wise, as I do my daily Holgate jaunts.

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