Catch date: Not Specified

Story date:2/22/2017 10:26:00 PM

Location:Island Beach NJ

Species:Pompano

While cast netting Mullet off of the beach at Island Beach State Park here in New Jersey, this small fish located below the Mullet in the photo came out of the net. I was unsure of what it was, so I released it after a few photos. Well I had forgotten about it until last week when I decided to get an official identification of it. Turns out it is a juvenile Florida Pompano, probably spawned at sea and rode some warm currents to the Jersey Shore, far north of its normal range, or could it signal a shift north due to rising ocean temperatures?

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About Fishin Dude
A little about me
Description:
I was born and raised in central NJ. My earliest fishing memories are catching Panfish with a cane pole, followed by Catfish with an old Zebco enclosed push button reel on a 3 ft pole using hotdogs as bait. Alot of time has passed since those days. I now travel to fishing locations by car, boat, or aircraft, instead of bycycle or a ride from my parents. I have met and swapped stories, tips, laughs, and tears with a variety of fishermen worldwide, from all walks of life, and made great friends too.
Asalt Weapon
Brand:
Seaswirl Striper
Description:
21' Dual Console, 200 hp Yamaha 4 stroke, fish finder, chartplotter, livewell, anchor winch, fishboxes, porta potty, bbq, rodholders, music.
Surf Fishing
Description:
It's always nice to fish the beach, enjoy the sunrise, and catch a fish or two.
Go to Freshwater Top Water Lure
Brand:
Rapala Skitter Pop
Color:
Silver/Black
Description:
This is my go to top water lure that I have caught numerous species, both fresh and salt, all around the country.
Anything that swims
Description:
I will fish for anything, anywhere, anytime.
My targeted species
Description:
I'll actually fish for anything that swims, crawls, or even rests on the bottom , in any water, anywhere, anytime.
Bunker Chunks
Description:
When fishing Bunker Chunks for Stripers and Bluefish, I cut them into 4 sections. The head, fished on the bottom usally catches big stripers
Whiteleggers for Tautog
Description:
One of the best baits for winter Tautog fishing is hands down the Whitelegger crab. Fished whole, half, legs on/off, bite changes day by day
Green Crabs
Description:
Green crabs are a great, inexpensive bait that catches many species. Generally used for Tautog, I used them for Seabass, Cod, and Pollock.
I love vintage Penn Reels
Description:
I own alot of tackle, both modern and vintage, and fish with both. Old Penn Reels are my favorite, and if it's a lefty, even better.