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Dear Fishermen and Friends,
Its crazy out there right now. And its super fun!
There is so much bait, no wonder the fish have been so active. There are a ton of squid in our local waters and the craziest part is they are all different sizes. We are seeing really small squido’s and some of the big foot long squid pushing through as well. We are not used to seeing this. The question is why is it so diverse and plentiful? We don’t know. Our best guess is that the minimal pressure by the commercial fisherman who historically harvest squid in our local waters had to have allowed more squid to spawn and more squid to survive and flourish in our ecosystem.
The Squid have led to a very active Bluefish and Striped Bass fishery. It is not uncommon to see a lot of top water feeding and to see squid popping full out of the water. While we are used to seeing this in the eastern edges, we are now seeing it as a somewhat common occurrence throughout our fishery.
With all of this warm weather and warm water, we have also as many Sand Lances (sand eels) as we have ever seen. This has also caused a lot of activity in our fishery. In fact, these tiny bait are a favorite of Bonito and we have seen Bonito show up earlier than usual, with several being caught over the weekend! If last year is any indication of what we might expect, this does not mean Bonito fishing will be red hot, but don’t be surprised to hear daily reports of these speedsters being caught. This means, have fresh line on your reel and be prepared for the extra long run that you might get if fished a litzing school of fish.
Bluefishing has been awesome. My favorite text on Father’s Day was from a good friend who had taken their son out fishing early in the day to Dionis. They don’t fish much but they are very good anglers. He sent me a not around 8.30 am that they had caught fish all morning and how amazing of an experience it was. I can’t imagine a better experience for a father son duo. Congrats Andrew and Drew.
If you are looking to catch Blues, the north shore continues to be the most productive. In the next week or so, we are sure to see a bunch of action on the south shore as well. When targeting bluefish, I would spend time between Surfside and Nobadeer in the evenings. On the north shore, the fish will be between Dionis and Eel Point. Lower light is better in the shallow water.
Striped Bass fishing continues to be really good in shore. The water is warming up enough that the day time fishing in shore will be less and less productive. I would absolutely target these fish in the evenings and at night at this point. I’ve had several productive reports of fish at night with guys catching more than a handful.