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Wasn’t sure what to expect after a week of rain and east wind. Water wasn’t as dirty as I had anticipated. Arrived for the last 2.5 hours of the incoming tide and left and hour into the outgoing. Had my first bite in @15-20 minutes and knew it was a good one. The result was this #5.41 24.5” fluke. Bite wasn’t as fast as my last few trips here but I did manage to catch 4 more (although no more keepers). Saw one other keeper caught and a good amount of shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/16/2018 1:01:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/16/2018 13:01 PM

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One Ugly Mother
One ugly mother of a norther stargazer of about 3-4 pounds.
fishing report photo of Other Species photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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JimmyThat’s a nasty looking fish!
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snick4444Haven't seen one of these in foreve. Nice catch!
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Fish Smorgasbord
Enjoyable and fish filled day with Jason at the Inlet. I caught @15 fluke and one banded rudder fish. Jason had a smorgasbord with sea bass, a banded rudder fish, one big ugly star gazer, a nice snapper blue and some short fluke. He topped off his catch with this nice 22”+ fluke.

Couple of side notes; #1 we were there when they brought in the injured crew men from the sand dredging barge. Jason got a look at the injured and said one looked in bad shape., #2 We noticed a diver working east of us (nothing unusual about that)- however as time went on he not only worked his way down towards us but further off the wall until he was a good 30 feet out. To top it off, his dive flag got wet so any and all boats would have a difficult time in spotting. Anyone who knows the inlet knows that bend by the monument where both party boats and commercial boats exit and enter- well he was right in the middle. He got lucky that none of those came through, although a jet ski did run over his dive line that connected him to his dive buoy. Not only did he turn the bite off for those he was in front of (he was spear fishing). He became very confrontational when we informed him of the danger he was in and how he was effecting those of us who were fishing . I finally flagged down a passing state police boat who told him he was a dumb shit before telling him to either get out of the water or go closer to the wall. Darwinism.9/3/18.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/3/2018 4:50:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/03/2018 16:50 PM

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Manasquan Inlet Variety
One of the over grown snappers I caught while fluke fishing in the inlet. Probably @1 pound +/-.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 9/1/2018 2:55:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/01/2018 14:55 PM

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Manasquan Inlet Variety Pack
Timed my arrival to coincide with last 90 minutes of the incoming tide and fished through the first two hours of the outgoing. I noticed this seem to be when I had the best action there this summer-especially on the incoming where I found a small tip that forms where the fluke stack up. Ended up catching 12 fluke to 17”s but also all very chunky. In addition, I landed two over grown snappers and a few pin sea bass. Tons of bait being flushed out on the outgoing.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/1/2018 12:08:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/01/2018 12:08 PM

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Inlet Fluking
One out of the 13 (all shorts but still fun) I caught earlier today. Fished from low water slack into the first 4 hours of the incoming tide. I scouted the area earlier in the week and noticed a nice little back eddy and rip line forms on the incoming with a nice color change. Fluke were right where they were supposed to be. All caught on live killies.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 8/8/2018 1:01:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 08/08/2018 13:01 PM

Bluefish Blitz
Another nice sized bluefish that fell for a SP Minnow.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/11/2017 11:20:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/11/2017 11:20 AM

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SP Minnow Bluefish
When they decided to feed, they couldn't resist this plug.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/11/2017 11:27:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/11/2017 11:27 AM

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Had some bigger blues earlier in the tide but still nothing wrong with this #3-4 for my son.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/11/2017 11:15:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/11/2017 11:15 AM

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Another Good Day
From yesterday, the tide just started going out and the slow bite on leadheads with shad tails during the incoming tide had switched to a hot bite on SP Minnow and X-Rap plugs.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/11/2017 10:49:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/11/2017 10:49 AM

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2 Comments
williamI'm originally from NJ bit do I miss catching them Blues.
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williamNJ has some of the best blue and striped fishing on the east coast.
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Good Bluefishing Continues
My son with a nice #7 bluefish from earlier today. We combined to put 13 (he edged me out 7-6) from #3-7 on the sand. We each also missed a few. Early on the bite was slow during the last hour of the incoming tide. They favored plastic shads, although my son caught on on a metal jig. Once the tide turned and began to go out a better bite developed on SP Minnow and X-Rap plugs.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/11/2017 8:58:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/11/2017 8:58 AM

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A #14.3 springtime bluefish from earlier today.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/4/2017 4:48:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/04/2017 16:48 PM

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My boat is ready to go for the new season but the wind and weather is not cooperating, so I decided to jump on a large head boat for a Codfishing trip today to wet a line. Conditions were wind against the tide, very hard to keep the boat on the wrecks, we were swinging all over. Wind blew, rain and fog was the weather for the day, tough fishing. But, I took this one home for dinner, and the pool money as well.
fishing report photo of Cod photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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JimmyNice fish!
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Seminolefan77Heck yea man
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SkolmannNice fish
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April 1st opens Blackfish again here in NJ, with a limit of only 1 fish, minimum size limit is 15". So one keeper it is, released a few shorts, all on clams.
fishing report photo of Tautog photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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Sam CaramelaWhen were you there.. we went at 7 am and stayed till 11 am. No bites and the weather sucked. We were using green crabs. Tried the canal too. Same result. Glad to see someone caught something
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Fishin DudeI fished fron 8 - 10 am in the area of Manasquan Inlet. I'll tell you exactly where I catch other fish, names of reefs, wrecks , structure, even numbers, docks, piers, beaches, jettys, bait, rigs, colors, etc, but my Tog spots are held tight.
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fishyrose3Nice tautog!!!
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Sam CaramelaNo worries.. Glad to see you were successful. I'm gonna head down this weekend and give it another try. Last year was great. Love tog fishing.
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Fishin DudeThanks William, but you have the wrong guy, Algernon is the winner.
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Was testing out my new Seigler Reel wreck fishing today, I caught one of the ugliest but cool looking bottom dwellers swimming in our waters, a delicious Sea Raven (Not on our Stackfish species list yet). We fished the Shark River Reef wrecks and had a few Cod and Pollock, nothing really big, and few Tog come up. Plenty of Dogs & Bergalls all around the boat. Could have been better, but I'll take it. Reel worked well first time out, we'll see how it holds up the rest of the season.
fishing report photo of Sea Raven photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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JimmyPretty wild looking fish. I've added Sea Raven to our species list.
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williamDo people eat Sea Ravens???
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Fishin DudeYes, they are edible. I tried it for the first time Saturday evening, which is the reason that I kept it. I thought it was pretty good pan fried with some butter and seasonings.
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williamDo you skin him or fillet like a regular fish
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Fishin DudeFilleted with the skin off. The skin is tough and rough textured, you can't eat that.
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williamWow I'll have a hard time eating something that looked like that...lol
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John MI caught one of them a long time ago and never knew what the hell it was! When my brother touched it though it shocked him.. really cool fish!
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Seabass & Tog mix in the fishbox. The winter weather is just about gone here in NJ, time to get the boat ready for another season.
fishing report photo of Seabass, Black photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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Some Mackerel jigged up to be frozen and used as Shark Bait on a future trip.
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Atlantic photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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AlgernonHow deep is the water and how long does it usually take for a shark to pick up the bait?
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Fishin DudeI've hooked Thresher Sharks in water as shallow as 40ft Inshore, but the Makos and others we usally fish water at least 120 ft deep. Sometimes they swim right through the chum slick, past all of the baits, right to the boat. That's pretty cool because you can be selective as to what sharks you attempt to throw a rigged bait to, which is always a topportunity water or shallow strike that you can watch close to the boat. Once they are hooked it's screaming drag and game on. They usally arrive after about an hour after the chum slick is started, sometimes longer, sometimes never.
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AlgernonHave you ever tried to eat any? I hear mako has a flavor to it
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Fishin DudeMako and Thresher are both delicious. I've read that Hammerhead is good to, but I haven't tried it, they are so cool looking that I release them all. I only keep 1 shark a season, it's usally a Mako.
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It's currently 22° outside, I'm dreaming of warmer days and big Fluke such as this one.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
Black Seabass, with touches of blue, grey, and turquoise, they are just cool looking fish.
fishing report photo of Seabass, Black photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
One of the nice things about New Jersey's artificial reef program is the variety of different structure placed on them. From rock/rubble to ship wrecks, reef balls, subway cars, and even army tanks. When the Fluke bite stops, Seabass can be found nearby.
fishing report photo of Seabass, Black photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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fishyrose3Not a bad catch of assortment Fishin Dude!!!
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