8 4 14 Monday, the weather finally cleared up, the seas are calm once more, the water is clear, the temps are back up (59 degrees on the bottom Friday) into the 60's on the bottom, the drift isn't great but there is some, so, what is it We had fish earlier in the week until Thursday, the southwest wind came and the fishing went downhill. It was a fundraiser for the Veterans, and we had a good time even though the seas were a little rough and the fishing was slow, the girls and guys were great!
Oh yes, we had some decent days last week fishing, a lot of short fish, but some real nice keepers mixed in. 8-lber (nice to see you back, Mike), also Mike Villanova of Waretown, NJ took half of that money (Mike and Mike tied!)
The fishing is still sluggish due to the bottom temp only being in the low 50's (actually, it was 54 degrees at 65-80 ft. ) But that didn't stop Michael Doughty of Toms River, NJ, who won the pool with a 2-lb fluke and Mark Letendre of Massachusetts, who won also with a 2. 8-lb sea bass and Slick Rick of Ocean Acres, NJ, won with a big 3-lb ling.
On a slower day, a nice 3-lb ling won the pool caught by Jeff Bauer of Manahawkin, NJ, hey, some days size does not matter!Either way the water temp means a lot when you're fluking, it can make the bite sluggish or aggressive or not at all (Wish I didn't have to eat when it got cold out!
Here are some of the lucky ones last week Dennis Specht of Ship Bottom, NJ won with a 3-lb fluke, and Tim Gibney of Brant Beach, NJ also won with a nice 4-lber. Mike Villanova of Waretown, NJ won with a 3-lb flattie and Frank of New Egypt, NJ won with a 2.
Then also there was Jack O'Halloran on Sunday from Barnegat, NJ, who took the money with a nice 4-lb fluke. We also had a youth group with the Blue Ball Mennonite Church, and the kids had a blast, fishing was a bit slow, but a few sea bass and ling, and the excellent weather conditions, made the trip really nice!
The pool winners earlier were Dolphin Joe of Waretown, NJ with a 3-lb-plus sea bass and John and his wife from Bensalem, PA (on their anniversary) won with a nice 3. And a big thanks to Ellis, of the Ocean Air, Hooks and Anchors fishing club, what a great time, even with the drizzling rain it was a good fishing trip.
4-lb sea bass and last but not least was Nathan Harris of Greenville, NC, 10 years old, who took everyone's money and won the pool with a nice 3. We have definitely seen a decrease in the catch this past week not sure if to blame on the conditions, or the moon, or the current, or the spawn, but we are continuing to sea bass this coming week due to the fact that we are still catching some nice fish and quite a few ling!
4-lb sea bass (can't whine about that fish), Bill Brucks of South Amboy, NJ with a 3-lber, Jules Mayor Majeski also won with a 4. Time spent together fishing is a wonderful gift!The sea bass season we feel has been pretty decent so far, especially with the cold water conditions.
6 3 14 The sea bass bite is still on Again, no limits but quality size fish make up for it And as the week before, the pool winners are big, like Ray Givens of Waretown, NJ with a 4. 7 lb sea bass Wow, Ray, what a beauty Almost to pretty to eat, NOT Even prettier on the dinner plate. Also we have John Weber of Beach Haven West, NJ, who won with a 4 lber, and Rich Greenberger of West Berlin, NJ, who won with a 5 lb cod.