Barnegat Bay Fishing Report 4/9/2017

Finally got to invite a couple of fish, white perch, to diner. Hit a local tidal lagoon Saturday at dusk and went 2 for about 6. I was using a shad dart tip with a piece of bloodworm. Others around me got a few and some were skunked. Tide was starting to flood but still not a lot of water were is was. Small bass continue to bends rods in the usual super early locals but are being seeing more through the bay at place they usually hang out. Based on the ease at which Ospreys have been coming back to nesting platforms with big bunker you know there are toms of bunker schools out there. Hear of a few fluke caught already. Fluke move into the back bays a lot earlier than most think, it is just they may chew well until the waters warm. These fluke will get hungry because they just got done spawning on the shelf waters and swam several dozen of miles west to put some weight back on.

On the nature side of things: white perch’s scientific name is Morone Americana. Striped bass have the scientific name of Morone saxatilis. Both fish are placed in the family of temperate basses which is Moronidae. Remember taxonomic classification you learned in school? There are 6 known species of temperate bass worldwide. Sharing the same genius, Morone, indicates that these two fish are very closely related. They are so closely related in that when the eggs of one of them is mixed with the sperm of the other species offspring arise. These offspring is what we hybrid bass. They are a true hybrid in that as adult they cannot produce fertile off spring. The ability of an organism to produce fertile offspring with what makes is a species. Fish farmers started breeding hybrid bass in the others and they are noted for a fast rate or growth, good table fare and hard fighters.

wperchSprings dates are filling in fast so if you are thinking about going out with me contact me soon. I don’t like leaving people at the dock.

Screaming drags, Capt. Alex 609-548-2511

Author: Lighthouse-Sportfishing

Fishing Barnegat Bay for close to 40 years, Capt. Alex runs Barnegat Bay's premier light tackle and fly fishing service with his custom 203 Dusky Center Console (Debbie M). He knows the back bay, inlet or inshore like no other. 609-548-2511

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