Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, June 19, 2011:


Winds were kind today and fishing folks tried to take advantage. “Tried” is the key word. While the north winds had the water clean and mild, it was too hit-or-miss for many dads, who went in early for meals and such.

The main biomass of fluke is definitely to the south, Middle Grounds down to Grassy. The Double Creek/Oyster Creek channels are not putting out anywhere near as well as in recent years. The folks doing decently on fluke in Barnegat Bay are perfectly timing their trips to certain tides – then only staying for maybe 90 productive minutes.

Though surf fluking is fair the take-home count is nearly null. Conditions for the next couple days might kick up flattie action in the suds.

I got a report that some anglers are fishing the run-off from the beach replenishment project in Surf City and have (on occasion) found large bass in the turbid water – rich in tidbits like busted up clams and such. I’m going to try plugging them, just to see.

Speaking of that speedy beach-refix, which is already approaching the north end of the borough, the pumped sand is being essentially filtered at both ends, firstly, when forced through screening when it is first being sucked into the dredge pipes then again when it comes out. That final screening is watched closely by experts. So far there have been a mere two “pieces” of fuses. While there will be no danger from archaic explosive items hitting the sands, the much smaller screening grade means that cool things like sand dollars and even Indian artifacts won’t be making it through – the way they did first go’round.

I have three thresher fishing reports, all of them fun and exciting. It sounds like a cool fishing experience.


Pro report:

Hello All,

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there! Hope you're having a great day.

Just when you think you've got it all figured out, something comes along to put you back in a more humble state of mind. At this time last week, the rapidly rising ocean water temps had me thinking that the amazing striped bass run of 2011 was probably coming to an end. When my first couple of trips in the early part this week only turned up bluefish, I was sure I could hear the fat lady singing her final song. But late in the week the bass bite exploded again, and with this much bunker around there's no telling how long it could go on if we get a couple days of south wind to keep water temps in check. I've still got a couple of openings the last week in June for anyone interested in giving it a final(?) shot.

We got started with our summer back bay fluking the last couple of days, and so far the bite isn't quite what we've come to expect for mid-June. We've certainly been catching some fish, topped by Rachel Snyder's 21" flattie on Friday in a howling south wind after the storms raced through, but the numbers seem a bit off from past years. Hopefully that will start picking up over the next week or so as summer season kicks into high gear.

Until next week.

Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters


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