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: Blue
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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Tough Night
Encountered the worst conditions I faced all summer with a steady southeast wind against an outgoing tide. As a result, it was a tough bite. I was fortunate to land this one keeper to go along with just 4 shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Had Better Days
Not one of my better days as for whatever reason I just couldn’t get the bites. Plenty of fluke were caught all around me and the boat, yet I only caught this lone keeper and 5 shorts. Those close to me had several keepers and double digit shorts. Oh well, better days ahead.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/27/2018 1:14:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/27/2018 13:14 PM

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Almost A Triple Limit
Close to ideal drifting conditions as you can get (incoming tide with light northeast wind) made for a banner day of fluking. Boxed a solid #4 at the end of the first drift. Added two more to the box before the end of the second drift. Added a few shorts and another keeper (released) over the next two drifts. Bucktailed up a keeper (released) and short before there was a slight shift in the wind to the southeast which made for a slightly faster drift. Over the next few drifts I added 3 more keepers (all released), a few shorts, some sea robins and a big skate. Pink 4” GULP with bait was hot for me early then chartreuse. Not sure how many keeper fluke were caught but this is the total of the 6 others fishing around me. Note if they caught over the limit, they only kept their legal limit of 3;
6
5
3
2
1
0

I know of at least one other who caught 4 (again only keeping 3) and another 3 fluke limit both in the stern.

Hope to be back at it Sunday for magic hours.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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1 Comment
snick4444awesome catch!
LikeReply 29 days
Not To Be
Nailed this keeper fluke before we left the slip. Thought for sure at the very least I’d be able to add another once we left. Alas it was not to be as all I could muster up was about 10 shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/17/2018 3:12:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/17/2018 15:12 PM

Morning Blues
Earlier in the day I hit a new spot (for me) on the Manasquan River. Landed four bluefish, this being the biggest at #4.5.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 6/8/2018 8:02:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/08/2018 8:02 AM

Nice Flukin’ Night
My son and and combined for 4 keepers tonight. I had my limit to 22.5”s that pulled the scale to #4.43-good enough to take the pool.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
1 Comment
JimmyNice!
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Same, Spot, Same Plug, Same Results
Fished the same spot that I’ve been fishing all spring with the same pattern plug and got the same results. Landed 6 bluefish out of the 8 that I hooked while also missing 4 other strikes. All were in the #2-4 class.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/30/2018 8:10:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/30/2018 8:10 AM

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1 Comment
VcWhere is this spot?
LikeReply 1 month
First Limits Of 2018
My son Jason and I rented a skiff, we each got our limit to 20”s on the Navesink today. Caught 22 total with 7 being keeper size but only kept our legal limit of 3 each. Caught them on GULP, bucktails, spearing and live bait.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/26/2018 1:27:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/26/2018 13:27 PM

The Blue Beat Goes On
Still catching the same sized bluefish, #2-5 at the same spot. Only thing that’s changed is the plug. I snagged the plug (the one a I posted a picture of a few days ago) on a buoy so I had to break out it’s replacement-same plug in the same pattern, now I just have to get battle scars on it😁
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/23/2018 8:49:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/23/2018 8:49 AM

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Pre Season Recon
Although NJ fluke season doesn’t open until tomorrow, I did some pre season recon at the spot I’ve been fishing for bluefish since I had heard that several fluke were caught in the previous days. My second cast yielded this fluke which would have just made legal size status had the season been open. After a quick photo it was released.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/23/2018 11:18:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/23/2018 11:18 AM

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I Think They Like This Plug
As you can see, Manasquan River bluefish have a taste for the bunker pattern SP Minnow.Been using this one since last spring and it still produces today. I see no reason to scratch up a new one. The only thing I did was upgrade the rear stock treble to a VMC treble. I’m thinking about taking off both trebles and replacing them with inline single hooks.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/21/2018 11:25:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/21/2018 11:25 AM

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2 Comments
williamThat may make the lure swim different
LikeReply 1 month
SkolmannNope, still has the nice tight wiggle as it did out of the box.
LikeReply 1 month
One On The Sand
Hit one of my go to spots on the river this morning. Intel from yesterday said the river was on fire with bluefish from #3-12. U fortunately that was yesterday. Fished this spot for about an hour without a touch and only saw one #2-3 caught. Took a ride over to the inlet that that was completely dead as it was at the bottom of the tide. Returned to my original spot and a few casts later, I was rewarded. Had two other bumps but never came tight.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/21/2018 10:30:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/21/2018 10:30 AM

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First Bluefish of 2018
Finally found some bluefish this morning. Last year at this time they were in thick. The average size was also much bigger. Got 3 in the #3-5 class. Two on a SP Minnow and one a X-Rap.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/15/2018 9:40:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/15/2018 9:40 AM

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Hooking A Buddy Up
I set up a striper charter several months ago and invited my Stackfish buddy Capt. Blaq Sparrow. The bite was slow for the fleet but we did manage to catch 3 stripers with Capt. Blaq (pictured above) catching one of those. All fish were taken trolling Mojo rigs.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
Just Missed
Missed the pool by 0.15 ounces. Caught on my 3rd cast of the day on a swim bait. Had one other bite on it and two on clams.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 5/2/2018 7:59:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/02/2018 7:59 AM

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1st fish of 2018
After a long winter, this was my first catch of 2018 caught this past Saturday (I did go fishing the week before but missed my only two bites). This bass just barely missed being legal size. I caught one other short, one that just legal size and a nice 41” #28.7 pool winner.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/22/2018 8:58:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 04/22/2018 8:58 AM

1st Pool Winner Of 2018
Took the pool with this #28.7 striped bass last Saturday. When it first hit the bait it just pecked at it several times. I thought it picked me clean but after a long few seconds and a few more pecks, I set the hook. At first I thought it was another schoolie but then it kicked in the afterburners. I caught 3 other stripers (2 shorts and 1 keeper) for high hook honors.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/22/2018 12:22:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 04/22/2018 12:22 PM

There She Blows
Fishing was very slow on Black Friday for the large crowd aboard the Golden Eagle party boat. Only five striped bass were caught (3 on artificials and 2 on live bait). We did have a humpback whale around use most of the day spouting and feeding on bunker. I was fortunate enough to be able to get a picture of the one time it breached.
fishing report photo of Other Species photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
Light Tackle Stripers
Had bass blowing all around the boat about a hour after sun up. We put away the trolling gear and broke out the spinning gear. Great action on white 6 inch Tsunami shads and 2 ounce castable Mojos. Ended up with boat limit, while releasing another 4 keeper sized bass and 6 shorts. This one was a shade under #16.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
3 Comments
JimmyThat's my kind of Striper! Not too big for the grill.
LikeReply 8 months
williamWhat are throwing at them
LikeReply 7 months
Skolmann6 inch Tsunami shads
LikeReply 7 months
16.5 Inch Canal Blackfish
My biggest canal blackfish/tautog of the year a nice 16.5 incher.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 11/7/2017 1:12:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 11/07/2017 13:12 PM

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1 Comment
williamGood eating fish
LikeReply 7 months
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