Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, October 10, 2010:
Another beaut of a day. Surf fishing was fair with a number of weigh-ins for the Classic. See lbift.com. “Week 1.”
I threw 100 times today – a series of plugs. Nary a touch or swirl. I even used a never-fail T.W. handcrafted plug. It didn’t work and I was very surprised -- until I noticed the plug has an expiration date.
Bait is trying to work it’s way toward somewhat-normalcy. I mentioned yesterday about the mullet and bunkies being seen up north. I got this email today. “Jay ; hello again and just wanted to say that i caught a nice bunch of mullet finally last evening behind Shark River Inlet of mixed sizes with some as small as 3 inches.At least they are finally moving here and no peanuts yet though....Allen.”
Here’s an on-scene report about the massive schools of late-season weakfish. This showing bodes incredibly well for future weakfish stocks – maybe. It depends on the shrimping bycatch and the damage done to the small weaks by blues and stripers.
“Fished this morning and had a great time with blackfish on the jetty. Between my brother and I we probably caught about 20 with 15 at least legal size. Ended up with two nice 4-5 pounders for the dinner table. There was an armada of people fishing the inside of the rocks with live bait but only saw two short bass landed. We then headed up the beach to some bird play and had non stop 10" weakfish action and some small blues on the surface. There was a big fleet and a lot of birds outside the southside bars and assume they were weakfish also. One guy that came in from there confirmed the small size of the fish. What' the story with the massive tide? The water was almost even with the top of the south jetty and at the ramp it was up to the street. No NE since Tuesday and a quarter moon, global warming? WP”
By the by, that showing of blackfish is beijng confirmed on many fronts.
While a bass here-and-there is the main action in most places, I got word of boat fishing folks absolutely bailing bass near LE Inlet. They’re using live spot and fishing shallow water – actually, something of a river. That seems consistent with the hoards of spot out there – though I haven’t seen that many since the nor’easter. Prior to that, they were actually getting in the way as I was throwing for more traditional baitfish.
Many sites inside the bay are loaded with small dogfish, even way over in west Double Creek.
Tint snappers are driving Classic anglers crazy. They can rip even a huge bunker chunk to pieces. There’s always nighttime and bunker heads to try to neutralize the everywhere snappers.
FOUND BLACKBERRY – SORTA: If you lost a brand new Blackberry cellphone on Nippon Hole beach (north Holgate), the good news is I found it. The far-from-good news is it’s now either black-and-blueberry phone, or, more exactly, a sandberry phone. I realize there’s no such berry – until now. Sorry, the phone is ruint one good. I still tried pushing the green “On’ button, as did every single person I showed the sandberry phone to. I’m wondering what would happen if I mailed it back to the company with a somewhat cryptic message, maybe, “This, like, doesn’t work and stuff. Please send replacement.”