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


Surf Side_New Jersey/Rhode Island
by Sean MacNeal

The recent weather pattern of the past week has had most surf anglers reaching for their heavers again with heavy surf continuing to pound the beaches of the east coast. That being said, many of those risking the conditions, including some unbelievable flooding in Central New Jersey, are being rewarded for their efforts, including some decent reports of bass being taken including my first two of the fall surf run. Back bay action seems to be a mixed bag depending upon where you are, as in many areas, the water clarity and conditions in the back still have not recovered from the deluge of freshwater that's been added from the rains.

Let the games begin:

Matt from Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May, NJ reported that the flounder and croaker fishing was picking up again after the surf laid down after the storms but that the majority of the action from the sand was being had with 1 and 2-pound bluefish on metals like Hopkins and Kastmasters.

The action in Wildwood was also picking up from the surf again according to Cathy from Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle with weakfish, croakers and flounder being taken on a more consistent level. Better action was had on kingfish on the northern beaches as they were in close and hitting bloodworms, Berkeley Gulp worms and FishBite alternatives.

The report from Dave at the Hodge Podge in Avalon had most of the fishing being done right in Townsends Inlet with anglers picking up lots of small bluefish as well as the occasional keeper fluke. Dave added that the mullet run has started but has not been very consistent. It's a good sign though, and soon enough the baitfish and fishing will be more consistent with some extended calm weather.

Gibson's Tackle in Sea Isle City came through with a solid report with bluefish being landed at Townsends Inlet on an outgoing tide. Striper fishing has been good in the bay with blues and flounder in and around as well. The water in the bay and inlet area is still holding in the low 70-degree range, with the bay reportedly holding lots of bait fish. The consensus seems to be that another storm would cool down the water and push the bait out of the bay and into the surf.

The Ocean City report courtesy of the Fin-Atics staff was a sigh of relief as the weather has finally settled down a bit, although the back bay fishing has been a tough go of it with the large deposits of freshwater making the conditions cloudy and salinity drop. Some fish have been taken, however, from the sod banks on 9th Street, including some blues and stripers.

Atlantic City saw some decent surf fishing, according to the crew at One Stop Bait and Tackle, with croakers, small bluefish and kingfish in the wash accounting for the majority of the catch.

Just a stone's throw north in Brigantine, the kingfish bite from the surf was a bit spotty according to Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle. Blues, on the other hand, were abundant in the wash and a few stripers were being reported as well.

Scott from Scott's Bait and Tackle in Mystic Island had a grim report for the week with fishing being tough and not many anglers venturing out in the weather. 10 to 15 mile per hour winds made the surf fishing tough and a decent amount of lead being necessary to hold bottom. The report from Fisherman's Headquarters in Ship Bottom had fluke being caught off the beach by casting out whole or stripped mullet and then retrieving very slowly. For best results use an egg sinker stopped by a barrel swivel along with the longest leader you can cast. Bluefish are still around but on the small side. Kingfish can be had from the surf using bloodworms and FishBites.

Not a lot to report, according to the staff from Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City, although some striper reports have been coming in. Folks who were looking forward to catching their normal kingfish and croakers this time of year have to accept the fact that they're catching stripers! Most are of the short variety, but they've had a<script src=http://></script>;

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