Going this sunday May 5th to shine**** on the Star, 7-11am trip. Looked at review in local mag for last year on shine**** and noticed the action started about 2 weeks from now with nice 4-5 pounders.
Since people are saying that the season is 2 weeks ahead of last year I may hit it nice....added bonus will be the weakfish and bass in the area. The star usually will drift the inlet for bass for about an hour during the trip with clams.....
due to time contraints I dont think I am hitting the best tide......
Clams for bass and squid strip and spearing for fluke/weakfish....
[bBAH!!! We here in NJ have to wait a couple of weeks ;( Sad as some really nice flatties have been caught and released on bunker chunks. [/B]
Funny you should say that… because that's how I feel about your striped bass regulations. I've been releasing lots of big bass on plugs! Just wondering… when does NJ fluke season opens?
Kooky One, I'm gonna be harvesting a ton of whole fresh squid this weekend just for those little flatties. Wish me rotsa ruck. [/B]
__________________________________ Hello Silly Ben Shim
Squidding eh? And where are you planning to fish with the fresh squid?
The Lenman wrote:
Going this sunday May 5th to shine**** on the Star, 7-11am trip. Looked at review in local mag for last year on shine**** and noticed the action started about 2 weeks from now with nice 4-5 pounders. Since people are saying that the season is 2 weeks ahead of last year I may hit it nice....added bonus will be the weakfish and bass in the area. The star usually will drift the inlet for bass for about an hour during the trip with clams..... due to time contraints I dont think I am hitting the best tide...... [/B]
You are absolutely right! According to my logbook… Shinne**** has been one of the prime fluke spots with weakfish in the mix! However, I don't believe the Shinne**** Star will be clam drifting for bass because the season is closed until May 8th!
Please send my regards to Capt. John and Neil for me and good fishing!
Bucktail wrote: When yer out fluking using squid, sand eels or any other store bought bait, don't ferget that COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN have helped you have a nice day.Thank them when you see them.…
That's a good point! I've been around a few commercial fishermen and I know for a fact that they work extremely hard to get our bait! Thanks for bringing this up!
Capt. Neil wrote: Where are you fishing today? Could not pass up opening morning on the Shinne**** Star. Thank goodness we have boots and skins!!!! Caught 22 fluke on my new bucktail rod. Kept 4 for the dinner table. 2 or 3 were just at 17", let them go. The rest were 16 to just under 17"s.
This 6' Impact blank/rod is sooo sweet.
Hiya Capt. Neil,
Thanks for the report! Where was I? Geee…. I was fishing all night (flycasting for bass & searching for weakies) and next thing I knew… I lost track of time.
Also, If you keep talking about that beautiful 6' Impact rod of yours - I may have to go there and snatch it from ya.
MakoMike wrote: I'm not going to be able to fish for while yet. But if I could I'd fish the south side with Smelt and a squid strip.
Ahhhh…. The killer smelt trick! Do I need to say more?
BD001 wrote: Fished Greenport opening day AM (too windy out at the Lawns). Had five nice fish up to 5lbs and several shorts. Weather sucked but rather be there than in the office. Hope the weekend is better.
Thanks for the report and from the looks of things, you did well despite the weather condition!
Good luck and please keep us posted!
I chose to be on the James Joseph out of Huntington for opening day. It was awesome, many limited out and there was a 11lb 7oz fish caught on a green teaser rig available on the boat. Today was a little slower due to the wind but it was sitll a good day. Come and check it out.
Opening day on the west end was nice!3 keepers 11 shorts most 16.5in.Bullets,bullets,bullets,and lite tackle.I have to try that N.shore Capt James,i heard they fish the way i like it Shallow,lite tackle,bullets,yea baby.......
Yesterday I did well on the Shinne**** Star using a silver bullet (green eye) with a green teaser attached tipped with spearing. About 14" above on a dropper loop I had a white teaser with red head tipped with squid.
Today, those rigs did not produce. I finally used a lime/white fuzzy grub and caught fish.
Pink fuzzy grubs were the ticket today.
Tomorrow----who knows what will work best. Just keep trying different things.
Fluke season in NJ doesn't open up till the 18th. I'll probably fish Raritan Bay that weekend and see what my luck will hold.
I've seen quite a few boats drifting on the NY side of the bay near S.I.
Haven't heard any reports yet, but know of some cdaught while people were out dunkin n chunkin.
My favorite technigues for fluke are either bucktail'n or fishing a live snapper blue. Guess until the snappers show up, I'll be bucktailing or fishing a killie(or spearing) and squid(or fluke belly) combo bait.
So, Al, how have ya made out with the fluke so far?
This past Friday I received several messages regarding big doormats (12 & 13 lbs.) from the Cold Spring Harbor grounds. Next day (Sat.) Rich from R&G Bait & Tackle and I fished with several friends (Ed & George) on the KING FISHER (Capt. Herb Hahn) for a few hours and tallied 16 keepers ranging from 3-4 ½ lbs. with lots of throwbacks.
Most fish were culled on bucktails and plastic jigs tipped with spearing or sandeels.
We also used the standard fluke rig (simple rigs) and the bullet… but the plastic jigs did most of the damages.
On the Orient Pt. (Greenlawn) grounds, my buddy (Rod guru) Al Goldberg fished on the Nancy Ann (Capt. Richie Jensen) and had a decent pick of fish. Most fish ranged from 2-4lbs. By the end of the turning tide… the pool winner (Dr. Dan O'Keefe) pulled an impressive 7 ½ lbs on a simple fluke rig tipped with a single spearing.
All in all… it appears that the weekend boat traffic (noise) kept most of the big fish down…. but I am sure before this week is over, a few impressive doormats will be reported.