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Jersey tackle fishing report, Brick June 22
JUNE 22, 2012
After last weeks blow, the fishing has picked up and has improved! We have some excellent water thanks to that week long east blow and we are seeing some unusual species inshore such as mako, bluefin and some other odd catches this past week.
The fluke reports are very good in all of the usual places such as The Red Church, Sea Girt Reef, Carlson Reef and Seaside Lumps. Our customers are reporting an average of a 50%-50% split on keepers to throw backs, with some decent fish up to 8lbs being caught in these areas. Spearing, sandeels, Gulp, killies and peruvian smelts are all working well right now. Deeper spots are producing some quality fish, but with less numbers on the qty.
We still have some big bass around as we were out Monday and had fish up to 47lbs just 1/4 mile off the beach. Plenty of bunker around and the bass & blues are on them! Steve Hagermann had bass up to 47lbs on monday.
Trolling has been very good for inshore tuna and we have some guys setting up shark slicks just 6-7 miles off the beach with mako up to 170#, threshers and even a hammerhead being caught just 2 days ago. If you have bait, you will have the pelagic's to go along with it! Using smaller lures to troll these inshore fish will improve your chances, as they are mostly feeding on sandeels.
Some good water has moved into the southern canyons and the boats making the trip are being rewarded! We are seeing yellowfin, big eye and even some whites caught in the southern grounds.
The river and northern bay are also giving up some good fluke too! We are seeing some good fishing in all of the usual haunts and holes in the backwater. Killies are working very well, as is spearing, Gulp and small bucktail jigs worked along the bottom. Crabbing is also good right now with both the bridge and local lagoons reporting good solid catches with some good numbers. The new Mantoloking Bridge Fishing Park area is now open to the public and we have seen some good crabbing, fishing reports from there already.
SURF - BEACH
The surf is still giving up some bass and plenty of blues right now. We are seeing a couple of fluke caught here and there as well, when anglers are targeting them directly! Remember that local beaches will open up this weekend to sunbathers and life guards on duty, but you can still fish them after hours.
JUNE 14, 2012
BAY - RIVER
Fluke and bluefish being caught inside now. Everyday we get more reports of decent fish being caught. The River is giving up some good fluke with the largest flattie reported to us tipping the scale at 6lb 3oz. Bluefish are in and out with the tides and we are seeing some more bait inside to support these fish and keep them around.
Spearing and Live Killies are the 2 top baits, along with Gulp! if your fishing inside.
The bigger bass are here now and making their final debut. These fish should be around for the next week or two, so this will be your last chance to get in on the 40lb and 50lb fish being caught when the weather allows for it. Plenty of bunker outside, but your better off finding the smaller bait pods without all of the boats on them for better results. Snag & drop fishing is red hot, while some guys are still trolling with good catches.
Seabass reports continue to be strong, with fish being caught from just 50' of water out to 120' wrecks. The deeper the water, the bigger the fish are recently. OMT's Super Glow Jigs are working very well! They are available in larger sizes, but have smaller hooks that are perfect for sea bass and fluking in deep water.
Fluke are being caught now, with better reports in both shallow and deep water. Usual spots such as the Red Church, Hotel, Rocks and other spots are all offering keeper catches, while some of the deeper areas have some bigger fish on them now. Again, OMT Super Glow Jigs are the talk of the town with their super glow paint finishes and smaller hooks that are the perfect size for fluke. You can get bucktails up to 16oz, with a size 5/0 hook, rather than the usual 8/0 or 9/0 hooks on other brands. Sea Girt Reef, Axel Carlson, Seaside Lumps and other deeper spots have produced some big fish lately!
Bluefin Tuna are all over our area now from just 10 miles out to the Chicken Canyon! Trolling smaller lures will no doubt improve your chances. The smaller mini green machine lures are red hot right now. Use them in spreader bars, daisy chains and single set ups for better hook up ratios. These tuna are on sandeels, so the smaller lures are a perfect fit. Plenty of fish inshore, but the Chicken is also holding some fish as well.
The surf was quiet for a while but is back to life with large bass being caught right now. Bunker and sometimes the sandeels will move in for bait.
561 MANTOLOKING RD.
BRICK, NJ 08723
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