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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
September 20, 2006
Volume 17 � Number 25


Townsend/Hereford Inlet
by Frank Ruczynski

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

We'll begin this week's report in Strathmere at Frank's Boat Rentals, where Frank's patrons continue to load up on blue claw crabs. The Dave Thompson party corralled forty-five crabs, while the Tom Toy crew returned with three dozen blue claws. The best crabbing action has taken place between the 333 and 339 marker buoys. Frank added, "Anyone willing to put some time in should come back with enough crabs to make it worthwhile."

Rental-boat anglers had some tough conditions to contend with this week, but that didn't stop them from finding the fish. Bluefish, weakfish, and some fluke have been taken recently. Area flounder are fond of the new penny-colored Berkley Gulp Shrimp. Shedder crab baits are tempting area weakfish, and bluefish have been taken on a variety of baits and lures. Various types of baitfish are stacked up behind Strathmere, which should make for a great fall run!

Over at Corson's Inlet State Park, poor weather conditions can be blamed for the slow fishing action. Water clarity was close to zero thanks to a steady dose of rain, wind, and heavy surf. I spent some time at the park earlier in the week and could only tempt one short fluke, however during the small windows of good weather, 16 to 18-inch weakfish and 20 to 30-inch striped bass were reported by the park's sharpies. Hopefully, we'll see some better weather and improved fishing action soon.

Karen at Whale Creek Marina, located in Strathmere, had some impressive reports from our local fish-tagging specialist, Bill "Bucktail Willie" Shillingford. Bucktail Willie reported five striped bass on swimming plugs and eleven keeper fluke on Berkley Gulp scented baits. According to Willie, bass fishing has been good in 2 to 4 feet of water during the top of the tide, while flounder fishing has been best towards the end of the falling tide. It was also brought to my attention that Bucktail Willie recently tagged his 10,000 fish! Congratulations Bill, that's quite an achievement!

Surf fishing in Strathmere has been hit or miss due to the high surf. When surfcasters do manage to get their feet in the sand, kingfish, spot, and bluefish have been taken in good numbers. Keep your eyes on the suds, as the mullet run could start at any moment!

As always, John from Gibson's Bait and Tackle in Sea Isle City had plenty of fishing information to share with us. Boaters trolling out front are nailing a mix of Spanish mackerel, false albacore, bonito, and bluefish. The local wrecks and reefs continue to surrender some keeper-sized fluke, when the weather allows. Sea Isle surfcasters report steady action on kingfish, croakers, spot, bluefish, and striped bass. Impressive kingfish catches were made by anglers using bloodworms, during the outgoing tides. Striped bass were taken on plugs, clams, mullet, and bunker. Most of the bass were on the short side, however it's a sure sign of things to come! The backwaters have been slow, but should turn on shortly.

"Tough fishing this week," remarked Captain Eric from Red Dog Bait and Tackle located in Sea Isle City. Offshore storms and a persistent northeast wind kept many anglers at home this weekend. The few surfcasters that did get out managed to land a few bass and kingfish. Earlier in the week, Captain Eric ran out to the Wildwood Reef, where he found some croakers and flounder. Bluefish action was the highlight of the week, as these eating machines could be found marauding through the numerous schools of peanut bunker, now located in much of our local waters.

It was another slow week at My Wife's Rod and Reel Repair Shop in Ocean View, according to Captain Bill Alexander. There was a definite lack of angler participation this week. The few anglers that did venture out found bad conditions and poor fishing action. Stray reports of spot, kingfish, and stripers were reported during the slack tides. On the bright side, many anglers spotted massive amounts of mullet and peanut bunker stagi<script src=http://></script>;

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