Rob Vallone just weighed in a 15.16 pound bluefish that took the lead in the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Bluefish Division. Rob stopped over to check in his blue. While here he reported, “For me it was a good day today because it has been slow. I fished the mid-island surf this morning. At the top of the flood tide I got two bass on salted clam. Both were released, about 28-29″ range. I also got a couple big skates.” Rob headed back out in the afternoon and was on the search for more bass fishing a bucktail. He got a big gator bluefish on a heavy hooked bucktail tipped with a chartreuse Jig Stripz.
Another report came in from Rob Swift. He picked up some bait, hit the sand and was back shortly after…”Got one bass!”
The surf action is slowly picking up and there’s a few bass and blues being caught. The boats are doing much better but not on an everyday basis.
Most of the solid action is coming from boats fishing up a ways. The Raritan Bay has been red hot for the past two-three weeks. Some really big fish are showing. Anglers trolling spoons in the ocean are also finding fish in the waters of Monmouth County.
A couple customers were in the shop today who were out trolling. They reported it was rough, plenty of bait stretched out along IBSP, just no knockdowns (bites) for them. Hopefully in the coming days a better population of fish move in. It’s great to see the quality bass but it’s frustrating for so many of the anglers that are putting time with little to show.
Tog Fishing BL Jetty
Tog fishing at Barnegat Inlet continues strong. Guys fishing the jetty today were into fish. One anglers in the shop getting hooks and live crabs reported he got some nice fish, but only one keeper yesterday. He was on his way back up to try again.