Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, October 20, 2017: I hate that I’ve used “gorgeous” to describe many a day in the recent past. ... Spice up those plugs ...

Having tired of daily cat prints on the hood of his car, Jerome discussed things with the cat. 

Cat gets removed from car's hood

"And, young man, just because everyone else jumps off a bridge does that mean you would?!" Uh, yeah. 

135 people jump from a bridge

And to think some people call Jet-skiers A-holes! 

Jet skier owns kids

Way back in the family day ... (No, not me! -- though the resemblance is striking.) 

Wondering what this vessel is all about: 


Yesterday ... Here's a video look at serious blow-outness in Holgate. 


Friday, October 20, 2017: I hate that I’ve used “gorgeous” to describe many a day in the recent past. I really need it for today. The winds, air temps, skies, and ocean have all pushed into gorgeousity.

Since this blog also touches on fishing – and other such less perfect things -- the closest to even an acceptability rating for angling I saw was driving into work. A walk-on nabbed (and released) a 25-inch-ish bass from the mid-Island suds. Looked like a bunker chunk fish.

There are a goodly number of surfcasters out there again today. In fact, the surfside showing of anglers seems to be on the rise, for obvious sky reasons. Hopefully, that increase will keep coming … for far fishier reasons.

I should note some serious flurries of birdplay right off the beach, typically just a tad too far out for even distance casters to reach. However, I saw a boat properly work some harried bird action to no apparent avail.

By “properly work” I mean quietly putting toward the action, cutting the engine off a decent distance away then allowing winds to blow the quiet boat slowly onto the flurry. In this case, even the skillful approach didn’t look to have rods hopping.

I noticed crazed bird play in the Holgate Rip. I got a real close look there and saw the birds and snapper blues behind the flare-up were feasting on small very spearing. I saw similar clouds of year-class spearing running the beach shallows. These tiny meals on wheels can definitely draw in stripers … when said stripers are around.

Here's a video look at Rip birdplay ... common daily occurrence. (Wind noise ... turn down volume.) 


I matched the spearing hatch with metals and small silvery swimming plugs. I got the relentless snappers mainly bumping my offerings. When I went to a jig with a juicy fish-shaped plastic and sashaying tail, said tail was snapped off instantly. After a plastic’s tail/sashay is bitten away, the remaining look – even when it seems decent looking without a tail -- somehow loses all appeal for fish, small of large. Not sure why. Some would say it looks “unnatural.”

The Classic is up to 620 entrants and growing. See http://www.lbift.com. If you haven’t signed up, and your name to the growth list. The event is barely 1/5 over. The best is surely yet to come.


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Being a plug-meister, I always look for some sexy edge when slinging out artificials. In the case of many production plugs – those are the mass-produced famed-name packaged ones, bought at any shop – there is a fast and simply way to increase snazziness and catchiness -- by a solid 25 percent plus. Just add a little hairy/feathery something onto the plug’s tail end.  Think in terms of teases and showy flies.

Below: Notice larger bronze split ring (vintage plug I use when spearing are around), used for easy changes of add-on. 

I do this adding either adding a split ring to the plug’s tail loop, or, by using the existing split ring on most plugs. All that need be done is slip on that teaser or fancy fly. The add-on is a bit like placing a so-called “skirt” on a hook.

An add-on jibes with the existing hook, adding color and even some tail sashay, especially if the add-on is long and flowing, as can be had with a feather-based teaser or fly.

While add-ons can be used with plugs that already have a bucktailed tail treble, that can lead to too much clumping -- and a loss of a natural swimming motion.  

Making this plug-enhancing technique even more diversified is the influx of exceptional customized teasers and flies.

Saltwater flies are especially effective as tail add-ons since they’re specially designed to subtly and naturally cut through the water. Mass produced bucktail teasers are sometimes a tad too bulky, though you can surely DIY one that is sleek and flow-y.  

Larger shallow- or surface-swimming plugs profit most from the added tail sway of hook add-ons. Even poppers, when being properly stopped now and again during retirve, allow an add-on to fan out on the water surface, a look fish go gaga over.

While this method works on many, if not most, production plugs, it’s important to check the swimming action of an added-onto plug, making sure it swims seductively -- which it most often does … in spades.

The most effective colors and designs for add-ons are as varied as plugs and fishing conditions. The good part is it’s not all that hard to quickly switch out add-ons. When doing quick changes, it’s best to used looser (slightly larger) split rings.

I’m singling out mass-produced plugs for add-ons since they tend to be shaped to have a load of waggle, since that’s what catches the eye of anglers – not necessarily fish. They can easily take add-on without losing any swimming action. In fact, I think those big-name plugs often lack a little something, eye-catching-wise.

Custom hand-made plugs are often more precisely made, not always lending themselves to anything being added on. At the same time, many a custom plug is already sporting tailfeathers, so to speak.

Important: Add-ons with the hooks included MIGHT disqualify a plug from IGFA uprightness when coupled with a treble hook. I’m not sure. Using an industrial grade snipper, I have cut teasers/flies at the bend in the hook, removing any hook influence from them, keeping a treble at its assigned three-hookedness.  



Cleaning a striped bass ... 




Pat P just weighed in this still alive striper, putting the scale at 27.36 lbs. Caught in HC on bunker


9am...Swan time, 
Nemo has swan lagoon watch. This is the 2nd set of pairs. They mate for life, so majestic.


While not that very far away ...

Frank Ruczynski


JOIN AND ENJOY: I want to begin hyping www.themaximilianfoundation.org and its 3rd Annual “Striped Bass Bash” -- All Boat Tournament and Fish Fry, Nov. 4, 2017.  

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2017 Boat Tournament & Fish Fry

3rd Annual All-Boat Tournament & Fish Fry!

The Maximilian Foundation is hosting its Striped Bass Boat Tournament & Fish Fry to raise funds for our organization.  Tournament events are hosted by Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 520 Hilliard Blvd.

 Boat Tournament – Saturday, November 4

1st Place $2,000 • 2nd Place $1,000 • 3rd Place $500*

  • Open tournament for boats only. Entry is limited to 25 boats.
    • Captain’s Meeting begins 7PM Friday, Nov. 3.
    • Fishing begins 12 AM Saturday, Nov. 4.
    • Fishing ends 2 PM Saturday, Nov. 4.
  • Weigh-in 2-5 AM Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Awards Ceremony 5:30 PM, Nov. 4
  • Early Entry deadline is Oct 21.

 Click HERE for boat tournament details and application

Click HERE to see last year’s tournament highlights!

Family Fish Fry – Saturday, November 4

Open to the public! Rain or Shine!

  • Fun begins at 2PM
  • Food served from 2 – 6 PM
  • Adults $25 in advance/$30 at the door
  • Children 12 & under $8
  • Ticket includes meal
  • Cash Bar 

Family Fun activities for all ages! Volleyball • Horseshoes & MORE!

Plus, Live Entertainment by FaceDown • Silent Auction • 50/50

 Click HERE to buy tickets for the Family Fish Fry




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