FISHING REPORT 7/22

Little breezy when I arrived at boat this morning and forecasted to get pretty windy….Left dock as tide was starting in ,not best tide but it is what it is.Water temp 75 . I headed to where Bluefish were yesterday but it was like the dead sea. Wind against tide and snot grass, all over. Tide in 1.5 hours and I finally get a small Bluefish followed by another Bluefish and than nothing for next hour. wind is building so start to head home with one stop for fluke but given wind was against tide there was little to no drift so called it a morning
OBSERVATIONS— I have been fishing these waters for over 60 years.Even while living in Indiana I go back out here 6-7 weeks a year to fish AND always got out here for 2 weeks middle 2 weeks of July.. Those years I found abundance of Fluke,weakfish,Bluefish and some years Stripers. The past 3 years July inshore fishing has been nothing like those years I was coming in from Indiana
AND I have some observations as to why
#1—there seems to me serious increase in bug spraying in our marshes and lawns, this has effected the spawning of small bait fish like silversides and possibly grass shrimp. I have no seen any large silversides this year
#2–Beach replenishment which began in 1963 and has gradually increased over the years has destroyed our natural beaches and today where there is beach replenishment there is no life, In addition the sand being pumped onto our beaches is getting pushed into our inlets and choking our inlets and inshore waterways… Also sodbank mussel beds that use to be thick along our sodbanks are greatly reduced over past 10 years
#3 This is flounder specific ..When fluke regulations were put in the size was 13″ and the stock began to grow, Over the next several years the genius’s responsible kept raising the legal size BUT stock kept growing UNTIL 17 1/2″ when stock leveled out .BUT since introduction of 18″ the stock has been going DOWN… Reason is clear to me 98% of fluke 18″ or larger are females and by insisting on them having to be 18″ to keep we are killing off the reproduction. Commercial fishermen can keep a 14″ fluke BUT IN ORDER TO SAVE THE STOCK ONCE THEIR QTLY QUOTA IS MET THEY MUST SHUT DOWN UNTIL NEXT QTR OPENS UP

These are my thoughts and you can certainly disagree but I have logs going back to 1954 and have based my theories on what I have seen over those years…YES there may be a few other reasons but these are what I consider prime

FISHING REPORT 7/20

Left dock this morning following a little rain with Fluke on my mind .Water temp when I pulled out of dock with tide 3 hours in was 76 but dropping like a rock…Hit a couple of spots with nothing…Headed for a shallow flat as tide was filling in and found 3 shorts and little sea bass all of 4″ driving me crazy. Headed to middle of bay and picked up 3 more shorts . Water temp now 64 and starting out . I decided to try my creek but up in shallows as figured as cold as water got quickly they may be looking for sun.
Worked a shallow flat and picked up 3 more including one legal of 20″ …Been windy all morning but now as tide is dropping and wind against tide I called it a day

FISHING REPORT 7/19

A beautiful morning following a strong front that came through last night..Water temp when I pulled out of dock was 76 and by the time it got to top of the tide it was down to 63 not good . could not find a bass or a bluefish . switched to fluke and manage to find 4 shorts that were committing suicide ,nothing over 17″
I did some research going all the way back to 1954 on my logs and never had a year this bad, 62 years of logging data and never have I seen a year this bad in this area .
Think tomorrow I will do some travelling tomorrow

fISHING REPORT 7/17

I went out for little over an hour with my twin 7 year boys which is always an adventure .Did manage to get 2 short fluke that wanted to commit suicide in 81 degree water

The amazing thing to me is ,here it is mid-July and I haven’t caught a sea robin, a shark or even a sea bass yet

I probably won’t fish tomorrow as I am going to visit an old fishing buddy who is in a home in Delaware..I will try to keep him entertained  by reminding him of some of our old fishing stories  including the night we got lost in the fog offshore and ended up going in Great Egg instead of Corsons ..This was back when all you had was a compass… Should entertain him given he can’t fish anymore

will be back out looking early Tues

 

Fishing report 7/16

This is a little late Grand kids have kept me occupied and last nights Phillies game .I did get out yesterday Friday morning for a couple of hours . Water temp was 80 top of the tide ,not good . Hit a few deep holes and managed to get 3 fluke including one 20″er
Tide started out and water moved up to 82 highest I’ve seen in several years . Small sea bass have shown up but have not seen a sea robin yet
May try with grand kids Sunday

FISHING REPORT 7/14

Left dock early this morning with overcast skies and little fog .Plan was to find a bass before sunup but found water temp of 77 and discouraged .Picked up one Bluefish but no bass.Dick got one bass right off but fish did not stay . Fish were on screen when first stop but second pass they were gone. Looked around in some other areas and found nothing…Headed to fluke waters not expecting much and did not get disappointed ,first drift picked up 3 shorts ,second drift picked another 3 shorts THAN NOTHING but crabs and water temp in bay was 78,5
I may take next 3 days off we shall see

fishing report 7/13

Left dock 4:45 am looking for bass ,found none,heard of one being caught 24″ .Switched to Bluefish and they were gone,Switched to Fluke and found 7 shorts and found them all in 30 minutes than nothing…After making several stops looking finally called it a morning
water temp 77

FISHING REPORT 7/12

A BEAUTIFUL sunrise following my departure around 4:45am…My original plan was changed as a result of hearing of some short bass being caught in another area but I found nothing. The spot I was headed to had a bank fishermen who I watched catch 2 small bass under the sod bank but nothing in channel. Frustrated I went back to original plan where I found one 21″ Bluefish but that was it..Switched to fluke and all I could find were shorts 6 of them and called it a morning
IF anyone in my area is finding fish I sure would like to hear about,not looking for locations just wondering if anyone was finding fish in my area….I stopped in an Ocean city tackle shop yesterday and heard nothing but complaints about lack of fish in inside waters ..I told them to blame their politicians who have managed to screw up this areas fishing with beach replenishment and destruction of inshore lumps and destroying the natural environment along the beach fronts
Tomorrow is another day ,water temp has settled in between 71-75 top to bottom

FISHING REPORT 7/11

I took the weekend off to play with Grand Kids.Left dock this morning with nothing specific on my my mind .Found a couple of bluefish quickly than nothing, switched to fluke and managed to find 6 shorts but it was a slow bite never found 2 fish in same spot…Water temp was 76 on bottom of tide…Crabs were everywhere. Tide started in and never had a bite
Tomorrow is another day

Fishing report 7/8

Left dock this morning at 4:45 with air temp of 77. Plan was to see if a lonely Weakfish may be hanging around on bottom of the tide but no weakfish….Went looking for Bluefish before calling it a hot morning and could only find 2..Hung around for 1st hour in but nothing happening in same spot I was yesterday
Returned to dock by 8am
I will not be fishing tomorrow for sure and will leave it to the fast running shoobies …Sunday is up in the air ..Ocean temp is reported to be 63 this morning so I suspect the incoming will just keep getting colder ,these 10-12 degree water changes make if difficult. If you are fishing tomorrow I would suggest spending time looking and don’t spend a lot of time in any one area with no bites Crabbing appears to be excellent
Enjoy the weekend,