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NJ > Manasquan-River
I Got The Blues
A very good and steady bite on #2-3 bluefish throughout most of the outgoing tide today. I lost count after 10, most had double digits. Both hard and soft baits produced as long as it was either white or bone. Bite shut down at the end of the ebb. I fished through the very early flood but nothing. Returned later in the tide with my son and he got this nice #6-7 (biggest I’ve seen in this spot in a few days). — with Jason Sokol.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/19/2019 8:07:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/19/2019 20:07 PM

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Still There But Smaller
Went to a different spot that I’ve been fishing lately as reports from there have been steady for a week, unfortunately I arrived on the wrong tide (they had been biting on the incoming and I arrived mid way thru the ebb) and the area was completely dead. So I went to where I had been catching them. Took about 30-40 minutes before I got my first one. Ended up with 7 in 2.5 hours (while missing another). Size was definitely smaller than what I had been catching there, as today they were in the #2-6 class (very similar to the size last year at this spot). Saw 3 others caught and two others lost. All mine were on a SP and out of the 3 others caught, 2 were also on a SP and one on a spoon (as were the 2 that were lost). Only good thing about the smaller size was that I was able to use my lighter 7’ rod which made the fight that much more enjoyable
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Slower Day
Much slower day today. Not sure if it was because the fish are gone, water temperature dropped, the brisk northeast wind or what. I did manage 3, 2 on a SP minnow and one on a Rapala SXR-14S (fish in picture). Saw another 6 or so caught.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Battle Scars
This plug was brand new yesterday morning and today it shows significant battle scars.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Singing The Blues
Had to wait until my second cast this morning to catch my first fish. Landed another 6, while missing another 4 bites. Average size of the bluefish today was smaller than yesterday, averaging #6-9. Fished for 2 hours, bite was very consistent the first hour+ then dropped off to almost nothing the last 45 minutes.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Monday Morning Blues
Great way to start the week. Hit one of my go to spots on the Manasquan and first cast yielded a #12.8 blue. In fact my first 6 cast results in 3 bluefish. Fish ranged from #8-12.8. Everything on a SP. Saw one caught on a topwater. Caught a total of 8 in 90 minutes.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Monday Morning Blues
Great way to start the week. Hit one of my go to spots on the Manasquan and first cast yielded a #12.8 blue. In fact my first 6 cast results in 3 bluefish. Fish ranged from #8-12.8. Everything on a SP. Saw one caught on a topwater. Caught a total of 8 in 90 minutes.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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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

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 11 months
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 year
SkolmannNope, still has the nice tight wiggle as it did out of the box.
LikeReply 1 year
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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Bluefish Beatdown
Couldn't keep them off this blueback topwater plug on Sunday.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/7/2017 9:53:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/07/2017 9:53 AM

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Bluefish Beatdown
Another topwater bluefish from Sunday.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/7/2017 9:53:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/07/2017 9:53 AM

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#13 bluefish prior to release.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Another gator bluefish from yesterday. This was the first of over a dozen I caught. As you can see it fell a Rapala X-Rap.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/7/2017 9:10:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/07/2017 9:10 AM

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One of several big bluefish that I caught on topwater. The plug in the picture accounted for 4 before I lost it trying to boat another fish.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/7/2017 9:44:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/07/2017 9:44 AM

3 Comments
JimmyTop water blues, sounds like a blast!
LikeReply 2 years
AlgernonWhat lb test do you use to haul in those monsters?
LikeReply 2 years
Skolmann #20 braid with a top shot of #40 Mono leader.
LikeReply 2 years
One of over a dozen bluefish I caught this morning. Fish ranged in size from #6 to the lower teens. Caught 2 on a sub surface swimming minnow type plug and the rest on topwater poppers. Bite was slow and scattered at first but we located a them on a flat with the water depth of no greater than 3-4', for over an hour my partner (who also caught over a dozen) we each had either a blow up or hooked up on every cast.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 5/7/2017 9:22:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/07/2017 9:22 AM

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