The back door cold front has a persistent NE wind blowing. Not enough for a huge swell, but enough to make the ocean a little sporty for those venturing out. This wind will reinforce the warm beach front ocean temps for sure. Snuck out around the inlet with my friend Dave Werner before sunrise and we were on fish right away. We landed mostly blues in the 2-5 pound range but managed a few linesiders in the mix. One of the bass was invited to dinner if you know what I mean. The fish were willing to swipe at poppers at times which is always a blast. So willing were they that Dave caught two at once a popper (picture below). A true double header. After that, we came inside and had some solid fluke action for the time we fished. Did not box any but most were what I like to call “quality” shorts. Fish over 17” but below the size limit of 18”. We both ended the morning with a Barnegat Bay Slam (striper, bluefish, and fluke).
On the nature side of things: Seems like there are more than usual sponge crabs. Sponge crab refers to female blue claw crabs that are carrying eggs visible on the abdomen (bottom) of the carapace (shell). After mating the prior year, a female blue crab that has matured eggs (about a million) swims towards the ocean to drop them. Drifting the bays and oceans currents the larval blue crabs disperses over what is hopefully the correct environment needed for their survival. As for the female, it is the end of her life. Blue cabs females only lay eggs once in their lifetime. Sad but true. The summer fishing could not be any better than it is right now, well maybe if weakfish were part of the equation. A great fluke bite, bluefish pretty easy to find, and a few stripers in the mix. I still have some times open for this week if you want to get in on the action give me a call.
Screaming drags, Capt. Alex 609-548-2511