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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
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
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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Jumbo Bonito
This is the biggest bonito ( #6) that my son caught yesterday aboard his friend’s Stephen’s boat. They caught @9 false albacore, countless bluefish, 12+ bonito, 1 keeper blackfish, 2 spanish mackerel, 4 triggerfish and 4 sea bass.
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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The Kindness of Strangers
I haven't been out fishing much lately due to a combination of weather, mechanical failures and the usual assortment of tasks associated with moving our household. But that will change and last night I landed the largest fish I've caught in over two years. It would not have happened but for a long list of strangers who offered assistance for various things throughout the day. I'd name them here if there was enough space. So this post is for them, even if they didn't have the fun of landing this 28 inch beauty.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 8/25/2019 9:00:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 08/25/2019 21:00 PM

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JimmyNice one Jed!
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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 9although 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 9although 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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Their Still Here
Continue to catch big Spannies on plugs
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 7/30/2019 10:43:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 07/30/2019 22:43 PM

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Ribbon fish
Ribbon came through can you eat them
fishing report photo of Bass, White photo taken on 7/24/2019 5:01:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 07/24/2019 17:01 PM

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On Gotcha Plugs
Late dusk fishing
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 7/28/2019 1:07:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 07/28/2019 13:07 PM

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Nice Size
Sea bass hitting on squid
fishing report photo of Seabass, Black photo taken on 5/4/2019 10:32:00 AM contributed by william

Catch Date: 05/04/2019 10:32 AM

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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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Spanish mackerel on plugs
Spanish mackerel run today
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 7/17/2019 5:03:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 07/17/2019 17:03 PM

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Spanish mackerel on the grill
Grilling Spanish mackerel
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Spanish photo taken on 7/18/2019 5:54:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 07/18/2019 17:54 PM

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Bonito Blood Bath Bonanza
My son and I jumped on a party boat out of Pt. Pleasant-steamed about 20 miles offshore. Took 5-10 minutes for the fish to find us, then it was game on. We each caught @50 bonito. This is a cooler shot after the first drift
fishing report photo of Bonito photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Figuring it out
I’ve never been much of a summer deep water bass fisherman, I do better in cooler weather in the shallows.

A couple of friends are showing me the deep water ropes, and I’m starting to see some results.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/18/2019 7:02:00 AM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 07/18/2019 7:02 AM

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Magic Hour Fluke
Did a magic Hour fluke trip from 5-9 PM yesterday. Experienced almost ideal conditions (if we had the wind out of a slightly more westerly direction and just a tad stronger it would have been prefect). As it was I was able to box two keeper fluke to 20”s. Caught @20 shorts. Only two other keepers were boated (although short action kept everyone’s rod bent)-also by the same person, who also won the pool with a 21”er (caught seconds after I caught my big one). All my fish came via dragging bait-either a killies or spearing.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/10/2019 8:40:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/10/2019 20:40 PM

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Slow Day
I took a break from striper fish to fish with my buddy on his reservoir rig. It was a slow day and I was only 1 fish away from the skunk!
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 7/7/2019 10:42:00 AM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 07/07/2019 10:42 AM

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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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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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