Archives for May 2018


Left dock this morning in FOG and headed to where some bass should be BUT no bass,switched to fluke and could not find a fluke in the area .So took a ride only to find the waterways full of boats..Checked my calendar as it looked like a weekend but it was only a Tuesday….All I could find was 5 short fluke…. Water temp on top of the tide was 58 and the bottom had to be colder as the lures were COLD to the touch … Left the crowd and went looking but found nothing that would take the bait…Few pick ups but they were not attacking the bait…..I did hear back at the dock the spot I left early turned on when tide started out .
If I fish tomorrow it won’t be until late in the morning


‘I went to my boat at 5am in a steady drizzle and East wind…Said ” “hello boat”…Put a couple of new lures on board and left. Took a ride up to Rush Chattin but didn’t look like much was happening. Rain let up so I went back to dock and wind still pushing tide in and it was little ugly so decided I would not fish today
Tomorrow should be nice and few boats


Today was one of those days I should have stayed in bed. Got to dock at 4:30 it was pouring rain. Waited 30 minutes an it let up so out I went…Sea Gull choir was off tune probably result of rain.Got to my first spot and the skies opened up again for 10 minutes . I am now soaked and water temp was 56 ,NOT GOOD… No bites so went searching for some warmer water and best I could find on top of the tide was 57 and lo and behold the skies opened up again and still no fish. . Tide started out and water temp began to rise on surface but clearly it must have been cold on the bottom. Finally landed one short fluke but now the wind is picking up pushing the tide. Made 2 more drifts and called a morning. Some days the Fish WIN and clearly they won today.. I suspect if I had waited for the tide to drop out more there would have been a good bite but I quit . Tomorrow is another day I I think I will change my area and maybe try for a bass also,boat traffic should be down after today


Pretty nice morning when I pulled out of dock at 4:30 and went looking for Fluke,hoping I could get something before the crowd showed up. Top of the tide there was no bite .Water got cold over night and dropped to 58. I went looking for warmer water and as Tide started out I picked up 2 legal fluke of 19 and 20″ .. Now the crowd is coming at a high rate of speed..Weekend warriors get to me so after almost getting swamped I left he area and went looking in less popular areas . However every place I stopped there were boats… I managed to picked up 3 more shorts but I couldn’t stand it any more in my old age,in addition the wind was picking up from SW and pushing the tide out resulting in a very fast drift so called it a early morning and came home.
Can’t wait for Tuesday

Fishing Report 5/25

Opening day for summer flounder and it was a nightmare, doesn’t anybody work or go to school on Fridays anymore ???? I left dock at 4:45 and headed to Ludlam only to find 10 boats there already and by 7am you could walk from boat to boat. 7:30 I left that area after counting over 87 boats packed together . I got away from traffic hitting a few favorite spots but all I could find anywhere were shorts.I suspect the boat traffic scared the hell out of decent size fish though I did hear of a few legal size caught but not me.. I may try it in morning as weather forecast for Sunday and Monday looks ugly but I won’t stay very long and fight the traffic. Courtesy on the water is a missing art and most of the villains had out of State registration and probably have never taken the Safety Course required in NJ. But it is what it is and Tuesday will get here soon enough Total for the day was 19 short fluke


Fluke season opens tomorrow thanks to useless NJ elected officials in New Jersey as all surrounding States have been open for 2 weeks and Delaware since Jan 1 .But it is what it is and season will open tomorrow in NJ
Today I left dock at daybreak ,tide out one hour and found fluke on 3rd s ,5th and 7th stop and ended up with 17 Fluke and 1 Bluefish. 4 would be legal tomorrow with largest one 21″. Once again they are not all that aggressive so if using a bucktail give them an extra second or 2 before setting the hook.
Only saw 5 boats today but I suspect tomorrow you will be able to jump from boat to boat and on Sat you could walk from boat to boat. Once the boat traffic starts and the hot rods throwing huge wakes arrive I would suggest you look for quieter water as other than shorts it will be tough to a legal fish in the traffic….. The fluke are getting spread out so there is no need to fish in crowd… Watch your fishfinder and when you see bait fish that area you will find fish . Water washing off a sand bar will produce. Some of these fish are in 4 ft of water . Don’t get stuck using one color as of you see bait on your machine but no bites change the color. Today I started with pink but last stop all they wanted was white or green.
AS I indicated yesterday if you need some good bait check out Blvd Bait and Tackle in Ocean view on Sea Isle Blvd


Beautiful morning,little fog but ok,.Left dock with Fluke on my mind and looking for some areas where there won’t be a crowd on opening day…. I hit a half dozen different spots and ended up with 11 fluke and 3 over 18 up to 22″.
Opening Day on Friday will be a nightmare and worse on Sat but fluke are here and they are on the move as the water is slowing warming and they don’t need the warm spots as much
If interested in finding best bait stop in and,check out BLVD Bait and Tackle in Ocean View on Sea Isle Blvd.. He has some great baits that this year’s fluke are jumping on .
One piece of advice if using bucktails ,give the fish a chance to get the bait as they are picking it up but unlike when water is much warmer they aren’t grapping it right away,extra second or 2 after feeling a bite will get you better results in this cooler water


Pretty nice morning at daybreak and once again went looking for a bass and once again nothing and switched to fluke on last 2 hours of outgoing . Found 14 with 4 over legal limit up to 20″. When Tide dropped out and started in the bite ended. Tried again for a bass on start of incoming and found one Bluefish .Called it a morning
Rain seems to be holding off BUT hope it doesn’t hold off too long and screw up tomorrow morning


I wasn’t expecting much this morning after 4 days of hard rain but left dock with 2 hours left on outgoing looking for a bass first but once again found none. Light wind on last of outgoing and worked my favorite area but finding nothing I left and headed north hitting some fluke spots and some bass spots. But nothing seeing nothing and getting nothing. So headed back to another fluke area as tide started in and began to find a few shorts nothing over 17 1/2 but also got 3 angry Bluefish 17-19″ . As tide started in the wind started building . With stiff wind pushing the incoming tide I could not get a drift slower than 3 MPH .Staying in the channel with this stiff wind made life uncomfortable so called it a day….. 5 fluke and 3 Blues which I guess is more than I really expected
Weather man is saying it will be a wet morning tomorrow ,hopefully he is wrong

Another Day of no fishing

Went to dock this morning ,in pouring rain and said “hello” to boat ,checked the bilge pump and left in a pouring rain… It may be time to build an ARK and gathered up the land animals . My rain gauge had over 4″ in it last night and it is still raining today… At one point yesterday I thought about throwing out a bait in my back yard as it was covered with deep water . I always believed April was the month of rain it seems the calendar has gotten confused .
Given I have some other commitments the next 2 days I probably won’t get out until Monday and given all this freshwater I would not be surprised to see some freshwater fish being caught over the weekend