Friday, December 26, 2008: waves: Small. Water clarity: Decent. Fish forecast: Last of the bass still lingering; quite a few folks out there trying based on the rod-bearing vehicles I see driving around. Blowout tides make for clamming potential – though the area’s favorite bivalves are in a bad way, overall.
Joe H. report:
Since the first full weekend of December, I have been fishing the surf on the better weekend days. I haven't reported, since quite frankly, the fishing sucked. I think from December 10th to the 21st I caught about 4 or 5 short bass on ava jigs. Not very good. The last few Decembers have been great for me on the beach. No Christmas bass for me this year. My log book shows I had bass of 19 and 23lbs both caught on Xmas eve in the last five years. Plugging the low tide slews were automatic in December for double digit short bass sessions. Not this year. The fish seemed to stay just offshore with the bait. The boat guys I've talked with said it was all time out there.
Anyhow, me, my family, and extended fishing family are headed once again to the "mecca", Cape Hatteras for the Holidays. I will be down for 10 days or so casting my ass off. Fishing is pretty good off the beach now with red and black drum, specs, and flounder. The water is starting to fall there and the first bass (to 40lb) have shown at Oregon Inlet, a bit north of us. I'll be on the surf scene night and day. I'll be sure to send some reports and pics along.
Once again, thanks for another super year of reading and a great website. We'll see you on the LBI sands in early April. Happy Holidays,
(There are major bass already showing down that way. Per one email: According to staff at Chris’ Bait and Tackle, striped bass have shown up very strong lately, with fish up to 59 pounds caught near buoy 18. A lot of fish were also found near buoys 36 and 38. Fish continue to bite well at the high rise and at the 3rd and 4th islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The local piers are also seeing striped bass action with a 37-pounder caught at the pier at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and several 25- pound fish coming in from the Kiptopeke Pier. Louis.”