I went with a pbigger bunker pattern led by a Pulse Disc trailed by a sand eel. Thought it was a good plan. After two groin and being wet down my waders I decided to head back to the truck where I changed coast and went through a half a box of baby wipes, if you know what I mean. Luckily light was just starting to arrive.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Had new to the surf flyby Chris out today. Started at first light and went right at it. Sand eel pattern, Double Barrel popper, small peanut bunker imitation.....nada. Sad thing is there were fish here the last two days. Luckily I didn't sell him on that, but did tell him later in the trip. 'You should have been here yesterday". Same old story.
We followed a pod of big bunker down the beach a bit, in range to snag but nothing really on them. If you look below you can se them running along the bar that runs from Mantoloking down to Seaside.
Monday, November 16, 2020
So what's up with the three mile line? The three mile line protecting striped bass was part of the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act which was passed by Congress in 1984 went the decline of striped bass hit an all time low. So I fished around the web and found some interesting things, "The EEZ has been closed to the harvest and possession of striped bass since 1990, with the exception of a defined route to and from Block Island, whee possession is permitted, said Kate Brogan, a spokesperson for NOAA". And this was on BassBarn,
"was talking to two barners today who were out last week 10 miles. they were catching loads of stripers between 34 and 42 inch non stop.all were RELEASED.everything caught on tells me there were acres and acres of bass moving through. after the third day they got tired of catching figures they landed and RELEASED lots of bass between the two of also tell me there must have been 8 or 10 party boats among the many other boats there. now these two kept nothing,but isnt it illegal to target stripers after the 3 mile limit? his answer was possession of stripers is illegal, fishing for them isn't
Every year and when you're out there you wonder just what's up. Is it okay to head out over the three mile line to fish? For say, bluefish? Or tuna? Or mahi? You see there's a lot of boats that fish in the fall over the line, six packers, private boats, and even the party boats. They steam out full blast and head 4, 5, 6 even 8-10 miles out and you know what, nothing happens. Why? Because it's a law that cannot be enforced. What can be enforced? Being boated by the Coast Guard and being checked for the possession of striped bass or a safety check. The code word to the Coasties comes down to one word, "Bluefish". If you read into the party boat reports they most time of the time will put the word "bluefish" in the report, 'Tons of big stripers.......and two bluefish".
What do I say? I say it would be nice if anglers could practice catch and release on striped bass outside of the state's jurisdiction of the three mile line. Problem is, guys would screw that up and ruin it, like they do everything else. But why shouldn't we? Right now we have party boats landing 40 and 50 pound bass 15 feet above the water line depending on the tide and then releasing the fish headfirst like and albie. This is not good practice. Just take a read on the forums when a guy hands a bass he caught on the sand...."keep em wet", "Don't remove them from the water", well picture the mate on that party boat, "Tally ho...as he plunges the female cow back into the water".
And while sand eels and shads have been hot for the jig bite, let's talk about the live lining that's going on out there as anglers "cull" through big striped bass to get "their keeper". In New Jersey this year you can't harvest a fish between 28" AND LESS than 38"- a 38 inch fish is illegal. So is this slot helping us protect the big fish when sang and drop continues? Are guys targeting 32" inch fish snagging and dropping 10-12" adult bunker? C'mon guys. In 2021 the new regulation comes into effect, maybe. Those "live" fisherman will have to use circle hooks to catch their 28-38" inch bass. No more 10/0 treble snagging hooks lodged deep in the throat or bowels of that 40 or 50 pounder.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Not sure what I did worked but we had no hiccups with the engine the four hours we were out. Started turning the Hook and heading out to the three mile line around Sea Bright. Just found birds flying in every direction, never honed in on bait or bass on top.
While Erin got a bite in I realized there was a lot of movement in the radar stick. Whatever it attaches to gave way and I had to hold it steady as I maneuvered south looking for life. I decided it was just a little too much for a dad and daughter outing so we turned and headed to New York.
We headed out back and found tons of pods of big bunker with nothing on them. There was occasional spray but I think one got nervous and that speed thought the pod. With Erin throwing a rubber shad and me throwing a big bunker fly we worked around the pods again without a tap.
As light left I hoped the Navy Pair might have some action but it was dead there also. Four hour trip, engine ran strong, had a great time with Erin, didn't catch a fish, but that was okay. Only hiccup this trip was the radar tower coming loose somewhere, that'll be the next thing to address. Without the poling platform I'm okay with the radar, for now. Second date with the boat was a success. I feel what it must be like to break a horse in, right now were even.