Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, September 24, 2012: Decided to dedicate the end of the day – and the beginning of the night -- to bluefish. It wasn’t my first intent when I did the long drive to Holgate back Rip. The 2- to 3-pound blues made the call when nary a single late-day weakie would go after my hoppin’ fresh mullet.
When I was fully rigged for weaks, the blues had their way with my bait, dissecting the mullets while avoiding the hook. Realizing the weaks may have flown the coop, I went to thicker leader and a circle hook. Not only did I then best blue after blue, but each was hooked in the corner of the mouth. So easily unhooked. I should have kept them for jerky but early week is too work-thick for protracted fillet session, much less concocting sauces. Later this week maybe.
I should mention that yet another significant swell showed through much of the day. These were long-period waves from way off somewhere oceany. The waves presented surfcasters with some strong lateral currents, which translates in to the need for extra lead. However, fishing pressure was extremely light as I drove the beachfront.
Keep in mind that it’s Chowderfest weekend and also the Tuckerton Decoy Show. Set aside some extra time to get through Beach Haven on both Saturday and Sunday.
Lots of fishing folks signing up early for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. Get crackin’ to assure you get a cap and other early sign-up amenities.
For fun, here’s a new video of my frog having dinner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG7REJrIcYk&feature=youtu.be.