Archives for June 2015

fishing report 6/30

A beautiful morning but as suspected the wind was building.
Went looking for bass in different areas and found one that was hungry and landed a 24″er
Sun up,wind building so switched to fluke and worked the Strathmere Bay and few fluke were hungry and landed a total of 9 including 2- 20″ers
Wind up tide half way out so headed to the barn and called it a day
Interesting thing is they only wanted meat. I caught a Croaker early and cut it for bait and that is what most of the fluke wanted especially the legal ones
GOOD BYE JUNE which turned out to be the worse in over 25 years


Clear skies when I pulled out of dock around 4:30am,little wind with more forecasted. Decided to work the Sound for bass and I worked the entire sound including some creeks and never had a touch. Another guy working same area also reported nothing. For this to happen in June is very disappointing. finally after 2 hours I finally landed a 20″ bass trolling . Sun high in sky so switched to fluke and here also the bite was next to nothing. Finally landed a 20″ fluke than again nothing. Took a ride and found one more short fluke 17″.
Fishing is tough and catching is worse and I’m at a loss as to why. Water temps are perfect between 68-70 . Wind came up gusty so decided to call it a morning…


Little foggy this morning weather map had no rain BUT I got soaked in a quick downpour.
first cast I had a short bass on a smacki jr popper but that ended up being the only bite I had the rest of the morning.Water dirty probably as a result of the Hard rain and wind last night .continues to be worst June in many moons for me


This continues to be a strange month for fish. Beautiful morning as I headed out looking for bass BUT found none ,Switched to fluke and found a slow bite but as tide turned in bite picked up . As I was drifting along ,all of a sudden the water explodes with fish jumping everywhere,a school of Bluefish 400-500 yards long and bank to bank were feeding wildly. I managed to get 12 from 17-24″ before giving up took a ride to find fluke
continued to find shorts but did manage to land one 19″er before calling it a morning .
I won’t be back on water until at least Sunday


June continues to be a lousy month this year,Left dock at 5am looking for Bass and could only come up with 1 -30″ bluefish. Switched to fluke and it also was poor.Managed to get 1 -19″ and 2 -17″ er but burnt a lot of gas looking .Water is back again dirty following a very stormy night and numerous extended power outages


After taking a couple of days off to play with grandsons I headed at this morning at 4:45 looking for bass and found none .Switched to fluke and found them but only shorts never got a fluke over 17″.Stiff SW wind against the tide when tide started in and getting hot so ended my morning early.Morning tides not all that productive as dead low was 7am


lEFT dock this morning around 4:30am looking for bass but found none.I probably made a bad move as it was raining off and on and decided to stay close with poor results . Switched to fluke and picked up 11 but only one legal fish.I suspect the bite will pick up once tide gets up today
Happy Fathers day to all the Dad fishermen
if my twin 6 year old grandsons get here I may head out again late this afternoon


TOUGH MORNING on the water, beautiful morning but fish were not cooperating . Left dock on very bottom of the tide around 5am looking for bass. dragged an eel ,threw a smacki Jr and trolled a bucktail NOTHING . Not even a Bluefish hitting on my eel.Switched to fluke and could only find a few shorts and never caught 2 in same spot .Water has cleaned up and water temp on the rise but catching was difficult.
This continues to be my worst June Ever, Maybe I should take up Golf again


Woke up after full day in Baltimore (more on that later ) and found a steady rain.looked at map and it was green with some yellow so decided to stay home today
YESTERDAY was a full day working as an NJ Advisor on summer flounder,SeaBass ,and scup (porgies)…Representatives from every East Coast state but Delaware were in attendance.
First topic was Summer flounder and it appears at this point next year’s allocation will be about same as this year. However we got into a discussion on regionalization and why NJ is in NY region and what can be done to change. I will be surprised to see a change UNLESS SOUTH JERSEY fishermen start pounding on their Congressmen and Senators .This is what NY did and it screwed NJ
We also had a discussion on size and some discussion on changing to a total length. In other words instead of 5 fish over 18″ you would have a total length like 72″ of fluke you can keep.This would allow almost everyone an opportunity to take some fish home for dinner . I will give this idea to NJ Fish council at July meeting and see what interest there is .CLEARLY the current summer flounder regulations are having an effect on South Jersey economy and several moving boats to Delaware where they can fish for summer flounder all year and keep 4 at 16″
SEA Bass is a mess EVERYONE in the room agreed that Sea Bass population is exploding and there are plenty of sea bass to be caught HOWEVER the flawed statistical date being used indicates the opposite and reflects a serious decline which is why we are seeing significant cuts in Sea Bass alloocation. This was a heated discussion and not sure where it will go followingoint was changing the regulations from a yearly review to a 3 year plan WHICH in my opinion is more reason to get some political help in getting NJ out of NY region

as fishermen ,you can sit back and bitch or you can get involved and have your voice heard.
letters to Congressman.Senators asking for their involvement on getting NJ back to a separate region OR tied into Delaware region as under current regionalization plan NJ comes out on short end of the stick..Also attending NJ fish council meetings and voicing opinions can help provide a direction to council mem this meeting
Scup(porgies) is reported to be way over population targets and some discussion on lowering the size in attempt to reduce populatuon.Commerical guys are getting pennies a pound for Scup. Scup is primatily a north Jersey and above fishery currently
all of our comments were logged into a doucumet that ASMFC and Mid-Atlantic COMMISIONERS will review in July meeting . Plans will be developed and presented for public review late in the year
One other discussion was moving from a indivual size to a maximum length in total.In other words insteaD OF 5 FISH over 18″ go to a total length as an example of 72″ and you can keep all the fish within that 72″ This would provide fish for most people to take home for a dinner . Instead of 5 fish over 18″ you could have 2 fish at 16, 1 at 18″ and 1 at 22″ or 3 at 17″ and 1-21″ etc etc
This is out of the box think and I’m not optimisitc that NJ is ready for it BUT I plan to present it to NJ council on July 9th

fishing report 6/16

Water beginning to clean up and I went searching for bass and found NOTHING. Switched to fluke and found a pod of fish a few miles north of my normal spots behind Ocean City..Picked up 7 fluke including 2 legal size of 22″ and 19″ .than it stopped and I could not get a bite. Top of the tide went looking for bass in skinny water with again no success. Headed home and made one more stop for bass but could on;y find 1 Bluefish and called it a day
Perfect morning,no wind and thick fog
Will NOT be fishing tomorrow as I have a ASMFC meeting on fluke in Baltimore