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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My First NJ Spanish Mackerel
Finally was able to catch my first NJ spanish mackerel. They were chasing small bait at the end of the incoming tide at the west end of Manasquan Inlet. Also had shots at false albacore but couldn’t connect (which would have been nice and given me a speedster grand slam from the inlet to go along with the bonito I caught there a few weeks back). Both were caught on a 7/8 ounce Hogy Epoxy Jig.
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 9/18/2019 11:05:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/18/2019 11:05 AM

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My First NJ Spanish Mackerel
Finally was able to catch my first NJ spanish mackerel. They were chasing small bait at the end of the incoming tide at the west end of Manasquan Inlet. Also had shots at false albacore but couldn’t connect (which would have been nice and given me a speedster grand slam from the inlet to go along with the bonito I caught there a few weeks back). Both were caught on a 7/8 ounce Hogy Epoxy Jig.
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan Inlet Report
Sunday Morning Manasquan Inlet Report; Arrived with about 90 minutes of incoming water. Water had a nasty brown tinge to it and was weedy. Water quality improved and became less weedy somewhat towards high water slack before once again becoming dirty and weedy as the outgoing tide started. Fishing was picky. The fluke would bite for brief periods then back off. I ended up with 5 fluke (all shorts) from 16.5-17.5”s but all very chunky. Did see two keepers brought up to 20”s. In addition, I caught 2 over sized snappers of @12”s and this stargazer (pictured). Plenty of life up and down the wall as I also saw blowfish, ‘pin’ sea bass and cow nose rays caught. I heard from several regulars that yesterday had a very good bite on both tides with numerous keeper fluke caught-including a husband and wife who each got their limit. I’m hoping to get back either this Tuesday or Wednesday (perhaps both if I don’t decide to go offshore and chase false albacore & bonito one of those days ).
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan Inlet 9/9/19
Pictured is one of two legal size fluke that I caught (both released) that’s I caught earlier today to go along with 5 short fluke. One of those being just a 1/8” short from being legal. My son was caught 8, all shorts. In addition, we combined for @ 2 ‘pin’ sea bass. My son also caught and over grown snapper bluefish.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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9/1 Manasquan Inlet Fluke
I experienced the slowest fluke fishing yesterday and today that I’ve had all summer fishing for fluke at Manasquan Inlet. Prior to this weekend, I was averaging 12-15 fluke per trip. Yesterday I only caught one and had one other bite in 4 hours. Today I caught 6 with the last 2 being 17.5”s and 17.75”s (pictured)-but both very chunky.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/1/2019 1:45:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/01/2019 13:45 PM

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Jumbo Bonito
This is the biggest bonito ( #6) that my son caught yesterday aboard his friend’s Stephen’s boat. They caught @9 false albacore, countless bluefish, 12+ bonito, 1 keeper blackfish, 2 spanish mackerel, 4 triggerfish and 4 sea bass.
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Beach Bonito
After receiving a hot tip from a good friend of mine about a hot bonito bite in the inlet yesterday, I rearranged my morning schedule and arranged to meet him this morning. Things were not looking promising upon my arrival as the water was dirty with the last of the out going tide. I decided to fish for fluke until my friend arrived and proceeded to catch 3 short fluke in a 10-15 minute span. Upon his arrival, he informed me that the water will definitely clear up with the incoming tide—he was right. We started seeing birds working over a tide line and pods of bait with the occasional fish breaking among them. We waited for the fish to come to us but after 30 minutes they really didn’t move closer, so we moved closer to them. Was not the fast and furious bite he experienced yesterday (having almost constant action for 2 hours)-but we do catch a few.I ended up going 3 for 5 while also have a few followers and he went 2 for 4 with some followers. These were my firs “beach bonito”-as I’ve only caught them in the open ocean in the past. Only a few others were fishing for them without success 9although we were told someone had a few at the top of the inlet jetty). We caught all of ours on a 4” Tsunami Split Tail. As an aside, I saw a good amount of fluke being caught
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 8/20/2019 10:03:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 08/20/2019 10:03 AM

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Beach Bonito
After receiving a hot tip from a good friend of mine about a hot bonito bite in the inlet yesterday, I rearranged my morning schedule and arranged to meet him this morning. Things were not looking promising upon my arrival as the water was dirty with the last of the out going tide. I decided to fish for fluke until my friend arrived and proceeded to catch 3 short fluke in a 10-15 minute span. Upon his arrival, he informed me that the water will definitely clear up with the incoming tide—he was right. We started seeing birds working over a tide line and pods of bait with the occasional fish breaking among them. We waited for the fish to come to us but after 30 minutes they really didn’t move closer, so we moved closer to them. Was not the fast and furious bite he experienced yesterday (having almost constant action for 2 hours)-but we do catch a few.I ended up going 3 for 5 while also have a few followers and he went 2 for 4 with some followers. These were my firs “beach bonito”-as I’ve only caught them in the open ocean in the past. Only a few others were fishing for them without success 9although we were told someone had a few at the top of the inlet jetty). We caught all of ours on a 4” Tsunami Split Tail. As an aside, I saw a good amount of fluke being caught.
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Bonito Blood Bath Bonanza
My son and I jumped on a party boat out of Pt. Pleasant-steamed about 20 miles offshore. Took 5-10 minutes for the fish to find us, then it was game on. We each caught @50 bonito. This is a cooler shot after the first drift
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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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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