Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, August 29, 2010: What a day. The brilliance factor was through the sky. The down side was the heat, first dripping then pouring into the region. The entire coming week will be in the 90s on a…

Sunday, August 29, 2010: What a day. The brilliance factor was through the sky. The down side was the heat, first dripping then pouring into the region. The entire coming week will be in the 90s on a daily basis. The humidity was factor in by Tuesday.

I tuned into some boat chatter and stopped at a North End dock. Nobody was shouting the praises of fluke fishing. I can assure with utter certainty that the fall run of big fluke will take place. We won’t get into the way that sure-to-be-amazing biomass will be off-limits to anglers.

The swells were sizeable out there but not as large as I had thought they would become. All that represents is a single bullet dodge. With Earl lining up to swing in (as a pretty big hurricane) later in the week, we’ll see some far more serious wave action.

At auction last Friday, I got a Mitchell Garcia “3-0-2 Salt Water” in excellent working and visual condition for a couple bucks. It was in a box lot with a load of useless stuff essentially hiding the reel – and a beautiful small-size vise, worth a pretty penny. Shows there are still deals out there for those pickers willing to sort through a lot of junk to find the treasurer.

The gobs of gunk popping up in the bay are reaching the TV media. A couple channels have covered the odd, ridiculously putrid smelling deceased sponge. Despite solid evidence that the gobs are decaying marine life, I’ve gotten emails suggesting that is all a cover-up. Alleging a broken sewer main. Well, someone will always take the grassy knoll approach since it seems to fill some genetic paranoia needs. BUT, let me reassure those of you unencumbered by an overwhelming need to stir up some stinky conspiracy, there is no such sinister undercurrents in this case. If there were, I’d be the one firing up the fan – to hit with gobs of true waste material.

I have to admit that the bigger issue is what this insanely hot summer is doing to the bay. This heat is disturbing to me. Could the waters near the inlets get way too warm for mustering mullet to breath, forcing them into deeper water to be brutalized by predators? Might they even be driven into the ocean before they want, leading to a badly disjointed migration? Hey, in a few more days this will be the hottest summer ever recorded, dating back 100 years or so. There is no way to take an all-time hyper-hot summer and factor in the added impacts of human pollutions and human factors, like channels and waterways blocked by bulkheads and buildings. Just to rehash recent impacts: dead crabs in traps, dead bunker washing up, dead potato sponges gone vile. It sure isn’t the worsdt news that days are getting shorter and nights are getting much cooler – even though days are torrid.

Pro report: Hello All,

After ten days down for some necessary boat maintenance, we got the boat back in the water on Wednesday hoping to find that the incredible fluke fishing we've been experiencing this summer was still there. And it was.

Thursday I had David Kruge out with his 11 year old son Kevin and brother-in-law Jerry. Within a couple of minutes, the first fish came over the side and by the time the morning was over they had landed somewhere around 80 fluke, with two fat flatties in the box. It's still a 40-1 throwback to keeper ratio, but with a fish coming over the side on ultralight tackle every couple of minutes it's surefire fun that hopefully will continue right through the holiday weekend. Shame it has to come to an end, but it's been great while it lasted.

Yesterday we tried fluking the ocean side one more time to see if things had come around, but again were frustrated. Fluke fishing is just much better in the bay right now. Highlight of the trip was George Selph hooking (and landing!) a hard fighting anchor that someone had deposited on one of our local wrecks.

Still a couple open days this week before the fluke season closes. We're also starting to book up for the fall striper season, so now's the time to grab a prime date.

Until next week.

Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

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