September 26, 2008

Jim Freda’s Saltwater Report


Best bet: Action for striped bass and bluefish should pick up this week as plenty of bait is now present along our beaches. Fishing for false albacore and bonito should also remain good. These pelagics usually remain in our waters until temperatures drop below 64 degrees. Surface temperatures right now are 68 degrees.

Hot baits: Surface poppers are always a good artificial lure to use in the fall to catch both striped bass and bluefish. If fish are around and they are not showing on the surface, the commotion from these lures will get their attention.

Hot spots: Bluefish catches have been good at the Shrewsbury Rocks in the last week. There have also been good blitzes in the Sandy Hook surf and at Island Beach with this week's northeast winds. False albacore and bonito are being trolled from 3-6 miles off the beach.

Announcements: Saturday, Shore Catch Guide Service Advanced Saltwater Fly Fishing Clinic, Seaside Park, 8-11:30 a.m. Check out for details. Oct. 4, Tackle the Pier Fishing Tournament at Earle Naval Weapons Pier, Leonardo. Check out for registration or call 732-866-2448. Oct. 5, Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, Island Beach State Park, call 609-748-4347.

Reader's question: Eric Richardson of Cliffside Park asks: "What is the best way to cook bonito?" Bonito can be broiled, poached, baked, sauteed, grilled, pan-fried or blackened.

Tip of the week: The Klondike Bank located about 4.5 miles southeast of Shark River Inlet has been holding good concentrations of bonito and false albacore in the past week.

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