snick4444
Meet snick4444
South/ Central Jersey. I have a small boat I use in the Great Bay area out of Mystic Island, NJ, but I do travel around the area to other locations as well.
Member Since: May 20 2018
Rank: Baitfish
Lives In: Great Bay,NJ
Fishing Since: 1995
First Catch: Weakfish
Target Species: Fluke, Tautog, Stripers, Weakfish, and anything that bites my bait
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Weakfish?!? Weekend report
I haven't caught a weakfish since before Hurricane Sandy so this weekend was a nice surprise! Landed 12 total weakfish over two days. Granted, they were all under a foot except for one (would have been a keeper size, but we let her live another day to hopefully get another spawn in!). Also caught in the mix were some fluke (all shorts) and sea robin. Most fish caught on gulp, some live bait.
fishing report photo of Weakfish photo taken on 7/19/2019 7:31:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 07/19/2019 7:31 AM

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SkolmannHopefully this is the beginning of the next up cycle for weakfish.
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Few Great Bay Fluke Trips
Been a busy few weeks for me so I've been slacking on my fishing reports! I've been out in Great Bay three times over the past two weeks. Usually going out at daybreak and staying out for a few hours each day. Lots of action, but no keepers! All fish caught on gulp or minnow.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/4/2019 8:17:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 07/04/2019 8:17 AM

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Navasink River 6/12/19
Cliff, Cliff Jr., And myself fished the river today and had a nice day fishing. We ended up with 56 total fluke caught with 5 keepers. We had a 22" fish that weighed 4.7#, a 21" fish that weighed 3.8#, a 19.75"fish that weighed 3.3# and two more keepers coming in between 18"-18.5". All fish were caught on gulp.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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Navasink River 5/29/19
Decent day on the river today. Cliff, Jim, and I boated 40 total fluke but only landed 2 keepers. Here is my 19.5 inch, 3 pound fluke. It was my first of 21 fluke landed today. A couple of blues also caught.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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First Fluke Trip 5/25
Saturday, Cliff Jim and I hit up the Navasink River for some fluke. Boat Totaled 25 fluke with 3 total keepers. Also landed 3 bluefish. All caught on gulp. Most fish was caught before the wind picked up. Once it started blowing 15-20 SSE, the bite died pretty bad.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/25/2019 3:25:00 PM contributed by snick4444

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

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First 2019 Trip of the Season
Since Tog season is open ttill the end of the month in New Jersey, Cliff and I decided to check out the canal for some tog. We had a good day totaling 40 throwback tog, a winter flounder, and the take-home, surprise catch of the day, this 13 inch kingfish (which through this site I learned is also called a mullet). Don't usually catch these until the water warms up in the summer, so this caught me by surprise when I reeled this up! Tight lines all!
fishing report photo of Mullet photo taken on 4/25/2019 1:17:00 PM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 04/25/2019 13:17 PM

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Better Day at the Canal
Cliff and I hit up the canal again today. Much better day than the other day as we fished 5 hours from day break till about 11. We fished most of the incoming tide and a bit of the outgoing, catching a total of 42 tog. We had 4 fished just missed being keepers around 14.75 and I caught my personal best pictured above at 17.5 inches and 3.31 pounds for the only keeper of the day.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 11/7/2018 12:34:00 PM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 11/07/2018 12:34 PM

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SkolmannNice !!!!
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WhitePerch Off the Dock
Fished off my parents dock tonight. We have a fish light off of it. The stripers seemed to have moved out, but the light and lagoon in general was loaded with these guys. I caught a total of 6 in about an hour, keeping these three. The big one was 12.5 inches and 1.2 pounds. a nice little chunker I must admit, especially off the dock.
fishing report photo of Perch, White photo taken on 11/6/2018 8:55:00 PM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 11/06/2018 20:55 PM

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Tautog Trip 11/4/18
Cliff, Cliff, and I fished daybreak to about 9am on Sunday. It was a slow day fish wise (probably because of the boat parade that took place with all the boats heading out for stripers), as we only landed 15 fish between the three of us. But we did manage two keepers. Cliff managed a keeper just over 15 inches and my keeper was 16 inches.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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SkolmannLooks like you were under the 88 Bridge. If so, I got that spot on the canal dialed as far as where to fish it on the incoming and outgoing tides. Boat traffic doesn’t seem to have that big of an influence.
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snick4444 @skolmann yeah we have some spots we like on both tides as well. We always do better on the incoming though and the first little bit of the outgoing.
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SkolmannI agree incoming always seems to have the edge.
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Slow Day At the Canal
Cliff and I fished the canal for about 4 hours from 6:15-10:15am. We only managed 16 total tog, which is a very slow day for us there. We think it was because the water temp was up to 75 degrees today from all the warm weather. Cliff did manage the first keeper since tautog season reopened. A nice 16 inch fish pictured above.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 8/30/2018 10:05:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 08/30/2018 10:05 AM

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Pt. Pleasant Canal 8-25-18
Cliff and I fished the canal today. Boat traffic was heavy, but we still had a good day. We fished most of the incoming tide and a little of the outgoing and managed 65 tautog and 1 schoolie bass all on green crab. All throwbacks today, we had four over 14 inches, but under 15.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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SkolmannI’m going to start swing by the canal either on my way or coming from the inlet where I’ve been doing good with fluke. Heard there was a nice blitz of #2-4 bluefish there yesterday afternoon
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SkolmannDo you ever fish the south jetty at Barnegat Inlet for blackfish ? I haven’t in a few years but might head back this year.
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snick4444 @skolmann yeah i've heard the blues are starting to make their way back in. That's good that you are still getting fluke, down in Great Bay where I am it's starting to die off back bay wise. I have never fished the Barnegat Jetty, but this one guy i used to work with swears by it. He has had a couple close calls falling off the rocks though, maybe that's wise I stay away from it lol
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First Tautog Trip of the Season
Since Tautog reopened on the 1st, Cliff and I decided to try out the canal today before it rained. We stuck it out through the first bad patch of rain and luckily left right before it got real bad. We fished all of the outgoing tide from 5:30am till about 11 landing 42 throwback Tautog. Not a bad day, especially since we usually do better with the incoming tide. A few oyster crackers and a sea bass we're also caught. A guy across the canal also hooked into what looked like a small bass.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 8/4/2018 7:42:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 08/04/2018 7:42 AM

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Navesink River 6/20
Cliff, Cliff, and I went out on the Navesink River. It was a beautiful day on the river for sure. We ended up with 43 total fluke on the trip with 4 keepers ranging from 18" to 20.5" with "little Cliff" netting the big fish of the day at 20.5" and 3.84#. All the fish were caught on gulp. On another note, Cliff's Dad caught the biggest sea robin I ever seen at 17 inches and 2.2 pounds. While it was a fluke trip, that had to take the place of the fluke picture for this story. Question for all of you ( since I am a newbie to this site), can you add multiple species to your catch? Tight lines!
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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SkolmannShould have entered that sea robin in the Fisherman’s dream boat contest as sea robins are eligible this year.
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Father's Day 6-17-18
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Here is our only keeper fluke my dad pulled into the boat today on our Father's Day trip out in Great Bay!
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
Navesink River 6/9
Cliff, Jim, and I hit up the Navesink River again Saturday. We had a good morning bite, and then the bite died and turned into a fish here and there. Think the wind vs tide situation limited our good drifts which could have been the issue. Once the tide changed, the bite picked up a little bit, but not what we are used to in the river. We boated a total of 31 fluke with 5 of them being keepers from 18"-21".
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
Navesink River 5/30
Cliff, Cliff, and I went and rented a boat to fish the Navesink River for the day. It was a foggy morning and we started off with a decent bite in the AM with the incoming tide. Within maybe two hours or so, the bite died down, BIG TIME. It was slow fishing for a good 3 hours and then once the tide changed the fishing picked back up. Between the three of us, we landed 41 fluke with 5 keepers. Also in the mix were a bluefish and some sea robin. Sorry, no fish pictures, as by the time I got home to clean them, the gnats were so bad I just wanted to get done as quick as I could. Was able to snap a picture of the fog we had to deal with.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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Schoolie Stripers off Dock
Pretty cool that we get schoolie Stripers that run through our lagoon in Mystic Island. Caught this one tonight. It was about 13 or 14 inches. Caught him on a two inch swim shad casting around off the dock.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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Opening Day Fluke Season
Love this time of year when fluke season arrives. We had a decent day on the river yesterday. Slow at times, but all in all an awesome day. We had a SW wind that picked up later in the day. Most of our damage was done in the morning with the wind making it difficult in the afternoon. Cliff, Jim, and I landed 24 total fluke with 7 of them being keepers. Jim also landed two pretty decent sea robin as well. I landed my personal best (in the picture), a 22 incher that weighed 3.75 pounds.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Fish Length (in):22 inches

Fish Weight (oz):60 ounces

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SkolmannWas hoping to see Cliff out there today.
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JimmyCongrats on you PB!
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snick4444Thanks @jimmy! @skolmann , we will be back out there Wednesday!
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Skolmann @snick4444, Wednesday I have to work in the morning so I’m either going to do a late afternoon fluke trip on a party boat or hit the spot I’ve been fishing on the Manasquan River for blues/fluke
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