Skolmann
Meet Skolmann
I mainly do inshore (backbays, bays, rivers and within 15 mikes of the coast) in New Jersey. I try to make 2-3 out of state trips per year. My favorite fishing destination is the Florida Keys to which I've been numerous times. My fishing bucket list destinations include; Australia, The Seychelles, Cabo San Lucas and The Amazon. My son Jason is my frequent fishing partner.
Member Since: Mar 19 2016
Rank: Cuda
Lives In: Freehold,NJ
Fishing Since: Around the age of 7
First Catch: Either a blowfish or Sea Robin
Target Species: Fluke, Striped Bass
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Magic Hour Fluke
Did a magic Hour fluke trip from 5-9 PM yesterday. Experienced almost ideal conditions (if we had the wind out of a slightly more westerly direction and just a tad stronger it would have been prefect). As it was I was able to box two keeper fluke to 20”s. Caught @20 shorts. Only two other keepers were boated (although short action kept everyone’s rod bent)-also by the same person, who also won the pool with a 21”er (caught seconds after I caught my big one). All my fish came via dragging bait-either a killies or spearing.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/10/2019 8:40:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/10/2019 20:40 PM

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Another Day, Same Results
Another day, same results. Was accompanied by my son Jason today. Arrived tail end of the incoming tide and fished into 3/4 of the outgoing. Incoming had almost constant action but mostly dinks. Considerably slower during the slack. Outgoing saw a steady increase in action although not as steady as the incoming but bigger fish. I lost count after we combined for 50. Jason caught everything fishing plain GULP and I caught everything fishing a killies. Also caught my first sea robin of 2019-don’t think I ever went this long into the summer without catching one.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan Inlet Fluke
One of the countless short fluke I caught today.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/5/2019 10:34:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/05/2019 10:34 AM

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Manasquan Inlet 7/5/19
Got in a few hours today (fished same spot yesterday for 90 minutes but didn’t take any pictures) fishing the last 90 minutes of the incoming tide through the first 2 hours of the outgoing. Bite was nearly constant on the incoming dropping to a pick around the slack before picking up somewhat on the outgoing. Lost count of how many short fluke I caught (same for yesterday). Did catch some “quality shorts” up to 17”s among all the dinks. Also caught this small cocktail bluefish, who wouldn’t sit still for me to take a good picture.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Spook Striper
Another from last night.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Pair Of Topwater Stripers
Two of the @50 schoolie sized bass my son and his friend caught on topwater plugs earlier tonight.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 7/1/2019 8:17:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/01/2019 20:17 PM

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Off The Chart Topwater Bite
My son Jason got out on his buddy boat and the two of them put absolute beat down on schoolie sized striped bass. They both caught 20-25 striped bass from 22-28”s in under a hour. At one point my son made 10 casts and caught 10 stripers. Everything caught on Zara Spooks. Figures that I got caught in traffic on the way home and couldn’t make it.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Magic Hour Topwater Striper
Here’s one of my striped bass from last evening’s light tackle fluke/striper bass trip. Savage striper bite on Zara Spook plugs.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan River Magic Hour Trip
Jason and I had a great trip this evening aboard Reel 17 with Capt. Stephen Moran at the helm. Spent the first few hours doing some light tackle fluking. Probably put 60 fluke in the boat up to #4 Always fun catching fluke on tackle better suited for trout. Once the sun got low, we switched gears and went on the hunt for stripers. First spot was game on as we encountered a savage top water bite with bass from 24-29”s landing 20 in a little over a hour’s time. If you look closely at the picture of Jason holding up one of his bass, you’ll see another bass exploding on my plug.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan River Fluke
Plenty of fluke in Manasquan Inlet. Fished about 90 minutes between rain showers and landed a total of 10 fluke (all shorts 13-16”s). Fished from a hour before high slack to just after high slack. Bigger fish hit closer to slack. Everything on a single killie fished on a light wire hook on a #20 leader. Guy fishing next to me outfished me 2:1 using a hi-lo rig tied on #15 flurocarbon with a white 4” white GULP swimming minnow on top and a pearl GULP jerk shad on the bottom with 1 ounce sinker on the bottom.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Tough Day
Hit all 3 spots that I scouted and saw fish caught at all 3 on Monday;
Started west to east.
-First spot (my go to spring bluefish and early season fluke spot: plugging produced nothing.
-Second spot: Threw soft plastics (the bait that produced on Monday) produced nothing.
-Third spot (inlet): Got some killies to try some fluking but with a hard incoming tide it wasn’t ideal-went fishless (did see one small fluke caught).
-Went back to the second spot another 30 minutes yielded nothing.
-Returned to the first spot and decided to try for fluke with the left over killies. Rig I was using was a 3-way with a 4 inch dropper for the sinker and a 30” length of #20 leader with a snelled 1/0 octopus hook. First cast resulted in this #5 which I hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth-thus I was able to land it without be bit off. Few more casts with killies went fishless. Back to plugging, throwing various plugs-once again fishless. Decided to try for fluke again before I left, first cast resulted in a short fluke. Called it quits.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Batting 1.000
Snuck out of my office early and decided to take a ride over to the inlet.With the heavy overcast, light mist and heavy fog I was shocked to see a fair amount of guys fishing. Saw a few decent sized bluefish caught and some short fluke. On a whim on my way home, I decided to check one of my spots in the canal that I blackfish at. There were two guys hooked up to bluefish as I walked up. One left soon after and I struck up a conversation with the other. I learned that he caught several blues (as well as some earlier this morning) and the guy who had just left hands several as well to #15. After a while, he asked if I would like to take a few casts and with that he gave me his rod. This is the result of my only cast (I liked the idea of going 1 for 1 😁). Since my go to spring bluefish spot was a short distance away, I made a stop there and saw another bluefish caught. I know where I’ll be on my day off Wednesday.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 6/10/2019 5:52:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/10/2019 17:52 PM

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Dinner
My son Jason got in a few hours on the water yesterday and brought home dinner.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/1/2019 7:50:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/01/2019 19:50 PM

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Crab Stuffed Fluke
Here is the picture of the two blueclaw crabs that I found upon filleting a fluke.
fishing report photo of Other Species photo taken on 5/25/2019 3:18:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/25/2019 15:18 PM

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First Fluke Trip Of 2019
My son Jason and I did our annual day after fluke season opens fluke trip on the Navesink River. Conditions were not ideal as the wind kept changing direction on us until it finally decided to come out of the south at 10-15. We combined to catch 17 fluke with each of us getting one keeper. Jason also got a cocktail bluefish. Everything on live bait, never once touched did we tie on a bucktail or use GULP. Only saw three other fluke caught. Fluke were spitting up grass shrimp. Fluke were warm to the touch and most were chunky. Upon filleting the bigger of the two keepers, we discovered it’s stomach full of grass shrimp and two small blue claw crabs.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/25/2019 3:08:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/25/2019 15:08 PM

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snick4444were you there Saturday? I must of missed ya! We had the same situation, once that wind picked up the bite died. We will be back out there tomorrow!
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SkolmannYes, we were there Saturday. We were in one of the 16’ Carolina Skiffs with a 25 HP. We’d love to do it again but my son’s and my schedules are jammed. We clear our schedule months ahead just for that Saturday after the opener. We’re actually thinking of renting the 19’ center console with the 90 HP from Schupps next time so we have more options and greater range as to where to fish as I have a few spots in the upper Shrewsbury that produced fluke for me when I had my boat. How did you do on Saturday ?
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I Got The Blues
A very good and steady bite on #2-3 bluefish throughout most of the outgoing tide today. I lost count after 10, most had double digits. Both hard and soft baits produced as long as it was either white or bone. Bite shut down at the end of the ebb. I fished through the very early flood but nothing. Returned later in the tide with my son and he got this nice #6-7 (biggest I’ve seen in this spot in a few days). — with Jason Sokol.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/19/2019 8:07:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/19/2019 20:07 PM

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Still There But Smaller
Went to a different spot that I’ve been fishing lately as reports from there have been steady for a week, unfortunately I arrived on the wrong tide (they had been biting on the incoming and I arrived mid way thru the ebb) and the area was completely dead. So I went to where I had been catching them. Took about 30-40 minutes before I got my first one. Ended up with 7 in 2.5 hours (while missing another). Size was definitely smaller than what I had been catching there, as today they were in the #2-6 class (very similar to the size last year at this spot). Saw 3 others caught and two others lost. All mine were on a SP and out of the 3 others caught, 2 were also on a SP and one on a spoon (as were the 2 that were lost). Only good thing about the smaller size was that I was able to use my lighter 7’ rod which made the fight that much more enjoyable
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Slower Day
Much slower day today. Not sure if it was because the fish are gone, water temperature dropped, the brisk northeast wind or what. I did manage 3, 2 on a SP minnow and one on a Rapala SXR-14S (fish in picture). Saw another 6 or so caught.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Battle Scars
This plug was brand new yesterday morning and today it shows significant battle scars.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Singing The Blues
Had to wait until my second cast this morning to catch my first fish. Landed another 6, while missing another 4 bites. Average size of the bluefish today was smaller than yesterday, averaging #6-9. Fished for 2 hours, bite was very consistent the first hour+ then dropped off to almost nothing the last 45 minutes.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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