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


Shark River/Manasquan Inlets
by Ed Isabella

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Hope it's been another productive week, anglers. One thing's for sure: there's a lot of species to choose from right now. From the surf, you have stripers, blues, fluke, blackfish, weak fish and some king fish. If you're looking for hardcore bluefish action, you need to be at the beach when they blitz. It could be any day now, and trust me, you don't want to be reading about it next week. You want to be there and telling me about it.

Stripers are also beginning to hit baits on the surf, since the water's cooling and bringing the bait fish out of the bays, creating good conditions for striper action. Clams are the key. Make sure to get some of that elastic string from your local bait shop, and tie the bait on. This will save you time, money and the headache of losing live bait to a hard cast. Now let's see what the experts had to say about last week and what's to come.

Roy over at Scott's Bait & Tackle says they're catching a lot of stripers. Mostly all small, but this can change in the coming weeks. Mike Dabluis weighed in a 32.5-incher at 12.5 pounds caught at Valley Beach off the surf. He used a top water plug. Ron Bursch, of Neptune caught 3 kingfish averaging 16 inches and a 2.3-pound fluke at 18 inches, on the Spring Lake surf. "They're catchin' a lot, but small." Blues are in and out, he said, but any day, a full run is expected. We'll have to wait for the peanut bunker to come out of the river, and the herring to start running for the full onslaught.

Over at the Fisherman's Den, Tom said one angler who rented a boat had nine keeper fluke, with about 15 throwbacks. "Everybody that rented a boat had a couple." "Porgies are in the river. Snappers are in the river. River's starting to come alive after this last weather we had. Still crabs. Fishing's been productive. Bass on the beach. Some throwbacks." As far as surf blues go, Tom says there's been a couple of 12-pounders and a couple of 14-pounders.

Since the Ocean Explorer recently switched over to all day bottom fishing for blackfish, sea bass, and porgies, Tom said, "Fishing's been good." They've been getting plenty of fish aboard. Even though the season for blackfish has been regulated to only one keeper, Tom said they've been seeing some nice 6 and 7-pounders. They leave around 7:30 a.m. and return about 3 o'clock in the p.m. out of the Belmar Municipal Marina.

John Bogan at Bogan's Brielle Bait & Tackle said fluke are around, and there's been some nice sized catches, but not good in abundance. "It's like some throwbacks and some big ones." In the Manasquan River he says they're catching some hickory shad and some weakfish on worms and Sabiki rigs. Weakfish can also be found at the Point Pleasant Canal, and fluke near the Manasquan Inlet. Striped bass are being seen about every other day, weighed in from the surf. Clams are the ticket here, as well as shedder crabs. Shedders, I've been told, will draw a striper from miles away. Many shops don't sell them. You have to find them yourself. Check the shallows of the bays around bulkheads or bridge pilings and scoop through bottom with a net in calm waters. This is not recommended for beginners.

At Steven's Bait & Tackle, Brian says "We're getting bass OK. Starting to come back pretty regular." Bait? "Clams, or poppers or swimmers. All off the surf. Still got blue fish." They're averaging about 5 or 6 pounds. Fluke are still biting off the Long Branch surf, where Steven's is located. "Keepers getting a little bigger. I've heard 3 or 4 pounds off the beach," he said. "Blackfishing is great. Not a lot of people are doing it with the 1-fish limit, and you lose a lot of tackle when you blackfish. Weaks? Nah, haven't heard much about weakfish." Shrewsbury snappers have reached about 8-10 inches. "Not huge crabs this year. Nice keepers, and plenty of them," he said. "What about bluefish blitzes?" I asked. "Blitzes? Who knows. Could be today. Could be a few weeks. Depends on<script src=http://></script>;

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