Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, July 18, 2019: It keeps getting weirder and weirder, fishing-wise - tsunamis of triggerfish. ... And Hades comes to town.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019: It keeps getting weirder and weirder, fishing-wise. Enter tsunamis of triggerfish.

Along with a load of astounding triggerfishing reports (see below), I got this message: “Something else unusual to write about. In all my years I have never seen triggerfish like this. We took about 25 and probably could have had as many as we wanted. … (Names of folks on the boat excluded) Even I’m starting to think there are big changes in our ocean. …”

(The rest of the message is herein deleted on request since it involved protected sharks accidently being caught. Folks are decidedly paranoid about admitting they’re catching them.)

The arrival of triggers is basically on schedule but the numbers are mindboggling, especially when considering how far apart various boats were that bailed them until it got boring.  

Triggerfish are amazingly good eating but can be a bitch and a half to fillet -- while still showing respect to the fish. By that I mean it’s easy to butcher the fillets, often getting just a haphazard chunk of meat -- with easily as much meat left behind.

It is so easy (and resource respectful) to simply bake them whole (gutted), then pull off the then easily removed cooked skin. Just be wary of the steam when pulling off hot skin. With the skin gone, you can remove a surprisingly large load of delicious meat – for such a thin fish. I often dip the forked-out pieces in drawn butter. Try it and you’ll quickly see why.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I’ll bet many of those triggers might soon be swarming the BL Inlet jetties, mainly the South Jetty. They might even enter the bay all the way to the Causeway.

Rig for them with a homemade top and bottom rig. Use leader material and strong (!) #6 bait/beak hooks. Place hooks on dropper loops, one maybe a foot from the tag end and another a foot above that. Tie on a light bank sinker (1 oz or 1.5 oz) and, when on jetty, cast out past submered rock. Yep, fully togging-like. If the gray triggers are in the hood, it won’t take long to find takers.

Baitwise, this is a species that loves squid – as much as I do. I still say it’s an unsung catch-all bait. Triggers are decent bait stealers. Again, very tog-ish.  Speaking of which, don’t be surprised to have tog saluting your triggerfish offering. (Don’t even think about keeping those, Mr. Chen.)

Blowfishing remains hot … once you learn the rope,which includes finding holes where they hang and then getting chum in quickly to read the hole. No takers … and it’s off to other likely locales.

Interesting email: “Jay, I read what you wrote about houndfish and that might answer a mystery we’ve had over large splashes in our lagoon at night. Not long ago, a neighbor said he heard what sounded like a screaming bird being taken down in the water. I guess a large enough houndfish could grab a small bird.”

Hmmm. Maybe, but I think you might also have some you-know-whats cruising your lagoons, especially browns. I’m guessing brown sharks might opportunistically grab a small duck or the likes. (I won’t be surprised if some shark expert refutes that. In that case, I’ll really piss him off by suggesting you might therefore have small bull sharks about. I assure you they’ll drag down anything dumb enough to be a-swim in the dark. Very rare to find a bull shark up here. )

THAT’S HOT!: I’ll maintain the Capt. Obvious course by mentioning it’s going to get hot as Hades – using an expression my greatest-ever grandmother would use. Real temps could approach 100 on Saturday.

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Some might say the upcoming 100-degree stint is nothing more than an old-fashioned heat wave -- given new oomph from the heated rhetoric coming from global warming banter. That rhetoric can add a solid 10 degrees of virtual heat to any outdoor thermometer reading, a bit like the popular “heat index” concept has tacked on degrees. “It’s 90 degrees but will feel like 110 on the heat index scale.” Very soon that will extend to “It’s 90 degrees but will feel like 110 on the heat index scale and will register as 120 on the climate change thermometer.”

That glibness aside, I’ll be doing a rapid Pinelands out-and-back run this 100-degree-plus Saturday to get sand temps. I use a very accurate infrared thermometer. The hottest ever was 129. My sand surface temps are taken on sun-blanched sand. By comparison, the air temps you hear on the weather are taken at about five or six feet off the ground. Of course, beachgoers sprawl out on the hottest place out there. Humans are weird animals.  

As to how high beach temperatures will climb this weekend, it’s a close call as to whether we’ll be kept within reason (say a mere 90 degrees) with the help of ocean breezes. If west winds prevail, we’ll be no better off than a slow-cooking mainland. Right now, it looks like Saturday will show hottest early-on, with dominant offshore winds, meaning scalding hot until midday. Then sideshore breezes should arrive like a cooldown cavalry. Here’s hoping.

By the by, we will likely see an official heat wave, meaning three days in a row of 90 degrees or above high temps. We’re currently under an “excessive heat” advisory, an expression that shows the Weather Service can use some cool adjectives when forecasting heat, though I hear it was first going to go with an “Impressive heat” advisory – but that sounded too much like they were siding with the heat.  

I was asked by pet people – great folks, which include the Friends of the Southern Ocean Animal Shelter – to realize the surface temperatures of road macadam – and, to a lesser degree, concrete sidewalk surfaces – can fry the pads on pet paws, referring mainly to dogs.

Dave DeGennaro
Back Bay Adventures
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We had an exciting few days of offshore fishing this past weekend. On Saturday we headed 50 miles SE and went on the drift with bait. We marked tuna and bait for a while before our first rod went off. The reel was singing on what I was sure was a tuna but when I came tight the rod snapped back after only a few seconds. Upon inspection, the line was bit clean. The only fish capable of those RPM's with teeth is a wahoo. About 20 minutes later another reel is screaming and we set the hook on a fish that is dumping line at an alarming rate on one of our bigger outfits, a Penn 50 international. He ate a butterfish. We fought this fish for a little over two hours. We had him as close as 20 to 25 feet at least 10 times but not close enough to stick or gaff. I put him in the 125 to 150 class. In the end the 40 pound fluorocarbon leader broke. I'm going to take the blame for this one, I tend to favor the light side of the drag and I was not willing to bump it up in fear of breaking him off. It's a tricky game with bait fishing right now as you have to go down to 40 or sometimes even 30 pound leader to get the hit but then you have to get him to the boat without compromising the light leader. When he broke off there was a few minutes of despair but soon after we were laughing and talking over one another about what just happened over the last two hours.
We ran a different direction on Monday, heading 60 miles NE this time. We went on the drift, deploying four bait rods with four jigging outfits at the ready. Upon arrival to the grounds, we immediately started reading fish on the machine. After an hour a whole squid we had down at 90 feet was inhaled and one of our lighter outfits, an AVET LX, was tight to a tuna. After a long fight we boated the 70 pound Bluefin Tuna. That was our only tuna for the trip but we did release two 7 foot hammerheads, and a dusky shark.
This Saturday-Sunday-Monday, July 20, 21, 22 we will be sailing Open Boat or Charter for Tuna.
2AM to 3PM (or later). $350 person. 4 people max. All fish are shared. We will be ready to troll, jig, chunk, or cast. Lately the best action on the bigger fish has been on bait and jigs so we will be focusing on that.
Here is some video of our 70 pound Bluefin tuna from Monday's trip: https://youtu.be/sFoYODgZ1Ng
Attached pic: Eric and John of Maritime Marina in Tuckerton, NJ along with Dave Flood of Mantua, NJ with the 70 pound Bluefin Tuna.
We are also catching bonita at Barnegat Ridge as well as 2 to 4 ft spinner, blacktip, and Atlantic Sharpnose sharks just 3 or 4 miles offshore. Any given day we are casting the inlet for blues and schoolie stripers. In the bay we are drifting for fluke and we are just now getting our first live grass shrimp and shedder crabs to target weakfish, kingfish, blowfish and the many other species that feed on these baits. If you can't decide on which of these fisheries to try, we can combine as many as you want in the same trip.


Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Family Fun for Drug Prevention

MILLBURN — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to grab their fishing poles and loved ones for the Fifth Annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 19-28 as a way to encourage families to spend quality time together and help prevent substance abuse.

According to PDFNJ research, children who communicate regularly with their parents about daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance use than children who have little or no communication.
“The Don't Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament is the perfect opportunity for families to bond together in some summertime fun,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “Quality time spent with family engaging in fun activities like fishing are best way to keep children from drugs and continue living drug-free.”

Participation in the event is free and will take place from July 19-28. Eligible candidates must be 18 years old or younger, New Jersey residents, and be accompanied by a parent or guardian while fishing. Participants can take a photo of their family enjoying a fishing trip and post it on our Facebook (Drug-FreeNJ), Instagram (@DrugFreeNJ), or Twitter (@DrugFreeNJ) pages with the hashtag #DrugFreeNJ. The picture must include the youth participant and a parent or guardian. Photo opportunities are available upon request.

All entries must be submitted no later than July 28. A total of $500 will be awarded to five randomly selected submissions on August 5.
For more information, visit drugfreenj.org.


Best known for its statewide substance use prevention advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication.  To date, more than $100 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception, the Partnership has garnered 180 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.


Jerry Postorino is with Troy Fox and Shawn Dildine.

Now that was fun!!!!!
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Our first trigger fish of the season. Nice to see our friends back for the summer....

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Fish Monger II Wed 7/17 Fluke,Seabass Limit, Trigger fish - Well when life gives ya lemons... slow fluking again today. No shortage of small fish but next to nothing as far as keepers go. Looked all over it was the same... With the south wind coming up it wasnt gonna get any better... got a good tip from a friend ( thanks pal) about a trigger bite. Too some searching but found em... they were def a bailout today... landed on a big school n the crew had a blast with em catching a load in no time and a couple porgys... ended the day with a seabass limit n a few ling and our 5k fluke. Turned out to b a nice mixed bag day with a load of tasty treats. Thanks guys!!! Also big thanks to the new generation for helping shawn with their knife skills to get it done quicker.
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· The last two days the morning trip has been more productive. We are still catching a few Seabass along with the fluke. There have been a lot of rays and shark sightings along with bunker pods. Always something cool happening out here!!! These pics are from Monday Tuesday and this morning.
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Julie Ruth is with Carol Williams Ruth-Brandt at The Barnegat Bay.
75 of these bad boys fishing with Mom!
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If the state stocked snakeheads, they would have charged us for a snakehead stamp. I would have paid for it. 
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That moment right before you realize it’s a cow nose ray 

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