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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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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 did 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 first “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 (although 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 (although 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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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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Best Of The Year
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

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.
LikeReply 2 years
williamNJ has some of the best blue and striped fishing on the east coast.
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