July 6, 2008

Networked Anglers Get the Fish


Acres and of bunker are still present in Monmouth and Ocean county waters with the area from Bradley Beach to Mantoloking having the largest concentrations in the last week. The action for big striped bass, however, has been like a roller coaster ride as each day has its ups or downs and special twists or turns.

There is usually a bite each day somewhere in the above- mentioned area but it has been occurring with no rhyme or reason and at no particular place. Sometimes it has been in the early morning just after first light and at other times it has been in the late afternoon between 4:30 and 7 p.m.

The action has been best by boat but the big bass also have crashed the beach.

Boaters or surfcasters who are in touch with other anglers through a network of cellphones are the ones who usually are lucky enough to get to the right place at the right time.

There also have been an abundance of thresher sharks, brown sharks, and even a few hammerheads mixed in, and feeding on, these bunker schools. Boaters have reported hooking up and even landing a few sharks in the 150-pound class.

Blue fishing remains excellent on the offshore grounds and party boat captains are saying it is one of the best seasons ever.

Fares are easily getting their limits of 15 fish while jigging with Ava jigs. The fish are ranging from 6 pounds to pool winners of 13 pounds.

Capt. Howard Bogan of the Big Jamaica out of Brielle reports that there are massive schools of bluefish a short distance from the Manasquan inlet feeding on anchovies and bunker.

Pool winners this past week were Rafael Munise of Sea Girt with a 37-pound striped bass; Mike Sceranko of Tannersville, Pa., 35-pound striped bass and a limit of blues up to 12-pounds.

Bob Kuntz of Manchester caught a 34-pound striped bass, Jim Kent of New Lisbon, 32-pound striped bass; Billy Grant of Cherry Hill, 13- pound bluefish and Mike Heaney of Old Bridge, 30-pound striped bass plus plenty of blues.

Noreast.com is hosting its fourth annual Defiance Boats Fluke Mania Smackdown from July 12-13 with tackle shops throughout New Jersey participating as weigh stations.

The tournament has $20,000 in cash prizes, with a $10,000 going to the angler with the first-place fluke. Places are determined by heaviest weight of one fluke.

You can fish from private boat, surf, party, or charter. Entrance fee is $25. Log on to noreast.com to register and for a list of participating tackle shops.

Carl M. Hartmann, the Hudson River Fishermen's Association second vice president, is to speak on surf fishing at Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. meeting of the group at the Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge. The lodge is located between Spruce and Cedar Streets.

Hartmann is to discuss, with the aid of a slide presentation, fundamentals, basic skills and strategies to land the species located on local shorelines.

He also will display some of his basic fishing rod combos, tackle items and other tools of surf fishing, including cast nets, sand spikes and surf specialty items.

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