Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, October 18, 2010:
The ocean remains crystal clear, way too clear for hot fishing. I had a long working day at The Sandpaper but made it to the beach late in the afternoon, as south winds kicked in.
I stood on maybe a dozen jetties looking for bait. Didn’t see much bait-wise but did see bass. Seriously. In fact, the main aqueous life I saw near the rocks was smallish bass, mainly 22 to maybe 30 inches. It’s tough to size them without knowing the depth of the water. They would slowly swim, sometimes three at a time, sniff around in the shallowest water then slowly turn around and swim back out, very leisurely. They sure seemed to be moving far too casually to be hunting anything faster than crabs and other slow-moving bottom dwellers. I could have easily thrown on them. That would be a needless destruction of castnet just for the heck of it, since such netted fish couldn’t be kept even if 28 inches or over.
Buggying along the frontbeach from, Ship Bottom to Holgate is generally headache free. There are some chewed up areas around jetty areas but very few with serious bog-down potential. There are still scattered beach people sitting or sunning. During the week these are folks who know the off-season ropes and rarely give stink-eye to passing mobile anglers. As usual, it’s proper buggying etiquette to give lots of leeway to beachgoers, be they sedentary or walking. I always slow and swing wide of folks walking dogs. Holgate is drivable even at high tides but only while the surf remains small and the tides are un-radical.
A few corncob mullet balls were around but nothing like the huge pods seen yesterday.