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June 4, 2023
New Jersey Inshore Fishing
Well, I was supposed to have a fishing trip today, but they switched to next weekend due to the incoming weather. Not wanting to miss a chance to get out on the water, I called Andy. He was up for the challenge. We met at the ramp at 5am. The conditions were decent; glassy water, slow current (considering it was a Full Moon), just nice overall. We set off and hit the first area. No takers there. We ran a little ways and hit our second spot, again, no luck. Starting to second guess my choices, we ran to a normally productive creek. We had the creek all to ourselves. Around this time we noticed a huge wall of fog out over the ocean. And the breeze was beginning to freshen. Andy nailed two flounder on our first drift, a keeper, and a short. On the next drift he got another. And then another. Around this time the forecasted fog rolled in on top of us. We were socked in. Finally, I got a shorty, and then on the next drift I nailed the biggest flounder of the day. It measured in at 21". No doormat, but perfect for the table. Shortly after, the fog began to clear. Andy continued to hammer the shorts, and then put his solecond keeper in the box. The creek proved to be a solid choice as we has at least one fish each drift. We pulled three keepers out of it too. But, like always, all good things must come to an end. The tide slacked out and turned. Around this time the wind really began to crank up. What started off as a nice day became a battle against 30mph wind and white caps. We tried a long drift using the trolling motor to keep us moving and on track, but to no avail. Andy managed to snag two more shorties though. I decided to pull up into another creek to try and get out of the wicked wind. While up in the creek we were protected from the winds assault, but the bite was considerably slower. As we neared the end of our drift I hooked the final keeper of the day. We each ended up with an over and a slot for the dinner table. We decided to call it a day after our second drift without a touch down the creek. We ran back toward the ramp with the wind tailing us. We decided to try a few more drifts, but the bite was over. We pulled up to the ramp and hauled out. I'm not gonna lie, 5am starts are tough, but it paid off today allowing us to beat the weather. It was a fun day! Might have to go again tomorrow. Just not so early... Tight Lines!
June 3, 2023
Flounder fishing was good, despite the weather!
We got an early start to beat the weather. They were calling for fog and heavy winds. Neither makes for a good day of fishing.
We found our magic spot on our third stop of the morning g and ended up pulling three keepers out of it, along with a bunch of shorts. The fog and wind rolled in as expected and then the tide died. We made a move and finally found a place out of the wind. we managed to pull another keeper from that area. After that we had a dead drift with not a touch. We decided to call it a day. Had a blast!
May 27, 2023
Not so hot surf fishing...
Hit the surf early this morning in hopes of getting in on the great striped bass bite that took place all week. Unfortunately the ocean had other plans. Snot grass was thick. I managed one doggie all morning. Otherwise, it was all about the Snot grass covering my lines, rigs, and pretty much Nything else cast out.
Just wasn't in the cards today. From the reports I got from others on the beach, and shops, it was all Snot grass and doggies today. Maybe next time...
May 21, 2023
Flounder in the back bays!
Ran a four hour morning trip with Sea and his crew this morning. The wind was howling and the snot grass was thick in places. but we managed and we had a blast! They ended up landing five fluke, with two toss backs. it was a really fun day. Looking forward to additional days out on the water.
May 20, 2023
Sea Bass is in!
Ran out with my friend on his boat in choppy conditions. luckily his boat eats chop well. We set up on two wrecks and mugged up on the sea bass using jigs as well as rigs with bait. I posted the full story on my Brynnie-B Inshore Fishing Facebook site if you'd like the full story.
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May 15, 2023
Inlets are loaded
Met up with my buddy Mike and we cast jigs out I to the inlet. We landed bluefish and striped bass. My biggest came on the turn of the tide Nd measured 31". We had an absolute blast! For the full report, look up Brynnie-B Inshore Fishing on Facebook and reading there.
May 13, 2023
Back bay fun!
Ran around the back bays with Justin and Amy this morning. We planned on targeting flounder, but ended up catching bluefish and weakfish too. we used mackeral, shad, minnows, Zman, and Gulp for bait on various flounder rigs.
Super fun morning with a lot of action. We missed far to many solid hits too. The rain that kept threatening finally arrived and chased us off the water. Had an absolute blast out there today!
May 7, 2023
Surf Fishing Stripers!
Hit the beach this morning and banged a sweet 44" striper on salted clam. Action was pretty slow overall, but this big girl made up for it. Surf fishing is going strong. The back bay flounder bite is heating up too. And there are blues, weakies, and stripers in the mix. Spring fishing is in full swing. Black sea bass opens up soon too. so many options...
April 27, 2023
Pre-storm surf trip
Raced home from school today to fish the surf prior to the big Nor'Easter the weather prognosticators are calling for this weekend. The wind was already starting to pick up out of the NE, and the water was already getting choppy. It was still very fishable though. I got to me spot with Idgie and Bubbalouie in tow. I tossed out my first rod loaded with salted clam and turned to rig up my second rod. I no sooner started rigging up when my first rod was bent over. I fought the wiry little striper onto the beach, took a quick photo, and sent it back on its way. I fished for two more hours with nothing but crabs eating my baits. Not a touch. So, the lesson for today is: the firtst cast catch curse is real. Very real. If you catch a fish on your first cast, just go home... Despite the lack of action after the initial thrill, it was a fun day on the beach with the dogs. Maybe next time the stripers will be more cooperative. Tight Lines!
April 22, 2023
The fishing season continues to improve!
Tog season is slowly coming to an end, even though it's been on fire. Sea bass will take it's place beginning on May 17th. Striped bass continue to be the talk of the town as they seem to be everywhere and in all sizes. The back bays are loaded, with night time being the right time, and soft plastics being the bait of choice. plugs and bait are working too. They are also in the surf and Delaware Bay tearing up plugs and fresh baits.
Weakfish have made an appearance in the back bays along with some bluefish and flounder. It is really shaping up to be a great season. Black drum are also popping up in the Delaware Bay and along the beaches. It should only get better!
April 12, 2023
Bridge hopping has been a blast! Stripers are all over the place and are usually willing to bite any plastic presented in the right fashion. Night time is the right time though. They are also showing up in the surf and hitting plugs.
Tautog are also hitting Inshore and offshore. They are always a blast to chase after and give a spirited battle, when not frustrating you by quickly stealing your bait.
weakfish are starting to appear in the back and black drum are filtering I to the Delaware Bay. lots of options for some fun fishing right now.
January 9, 2023
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