Wow, it has been, and continues to be, very hot outside. We are topping out at 101 degrees today, chickens are laying hard boiled eggs. That has not stopped people from fishing. Massey’s Landing parking lot was full yesterday, and today by 11 a.m. I couldn’t take the heat, and ran for cover inside. Many are fishing at night when it cools down, and doing well for bluefish. An announcement for a Reel Friend Surf Fishing club member … Jacqulyn Murphy … “Selling bracelets to benefit the two fallen firefighters we lost in April. They are $20, EVERY cent goes to the families”. You can contact her … Jacquie Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help the families of those that sacrifice for us, thank you. Chris Guest and Chrissy Powell are at herring Point beach, and a 8 foot Tiger Sand Shark washed up on the beach this morning. We do not know cause of death, the parks’ people scooped it up, and buried it above the high tide line. Kudos for the quick response, and I hope this was not caused by an irresponsible angler. Don’t anyone panic, these sharks are not looking to eat people. It is safe to go in the water, sharks are in there all of the time, you just can’t see them.
The other day Jason Snead and Ashlie Workman were fishing the Indian River Inlet with 3/4 ounce silver spoons, small Hopkins, and just hammering into blues. The fish were everywhere, hitting almost anything. They kept 6 out of the 30 they caught. The blues were spitting up shiners as they were catching them, the silver spoons would definitely do well to mimic that. This was from the evening into the night. I asked Jason if Ashlie “out fished” him again, and have yet to receive the answer to that question. Your silence is speaking volumes Jason … she did it again, didn’t she? Nice job Ashlie! At the same time on the opposite side, Brian Dunkelberger and his crew were slamming blues left, and right. He said they all of a sudden just showed up, started catching like crazy, and lost count after an hour. They were using white bucktails with plastics, and green seemed to be the best color.
Last night I was fishing Massey’s Landing with Alan Rosenberger for a bit. Dave Wyszynski dropped by, and they headed to the Indian River Inlet. Dave is way out front, tuna fishing today, we hope he does well, and yes Dave that is a hint, I would love some fish. I had a free ride for a trip 2 days ago, unfortunately, I had to decline, and am still kicking myself. I hope Rick and Steve did well out there, I wish I could have gone. Alan, Dave, and crew slammed a ton of bluefish last night, filled the cooler for today’s trip, the fridge for lunch, and several crab pots. When Alan left Massey’s I gave him most of my spoons, so he could rip up some blues. Apparently the little 1/2 ounce gold casting spoon with a red spinner by the treble hook, worked the best. I know this for 2 reasons, he said it did, and guess where my gold spoon still is … … Yup, on his rod. The boys put in some time last night, did the work, and produced a nice amount of bluefish. I met Alan later this morning at Massey’s, he caught an Oyster Cracker on clam, and a lot of mullet in his cast net. Admin 1 was down there and everyone decided it was wayyyyy tooooo hot, to fish. Ellen has her umbrella up, and has the only shady spot on the pier. Smart idea there. I am going back when the tide shifts. I live right down the street, and I can take shifts from the pier, back to the air conditioning.
The surf has been hot, literally. Folks have been catching bluefish, kingfish, spot, spiney dogfish, croakers, skates, sand sharks galore, and a sea robin was scooped up in a bucket the other day when Reverend Robert DiGiacomo of Dew Me beach was surf fishing, conquest beach. Chris Fortner has been out on 3R’s the last few days with his family. They have been concentrating on kingfish. Which are in thick, and some very large ones are being caught. A citation showed up at a local bait shop the other day. That is a big kingfish. Chris was hitting spiney dogfish, the largest was 2.5 feet. His mom caught a 13.5 inch kingfish, on one of his new rigs. He took a fireball rig, covered it with silver rhinestones, and was killing bluefish. Basically, he bedazzled a bluefish rig, go figure. I have a few of Chris’ creations, and some of his rigs really hammer fish. He gets creative when he is bored, or can’t get out fishing. He was catching little trout in the surf all day on bloodworms, one after another, and he managed 2 nice kingfish, for dinner. Ryan, a few nights ago nailed a 9-10 pound bluefish at the Indian River Inlet, on a fly.
Despite the fact the temperature outside has been set to Hades, people are still catching fish. The flounder bite has slowed down a bit and will probably pick up once the full moon passes. I ran into Michael Jordan at Massey’s Landing, no not that Jordan. He has been catching good sized flounder, but mostly at night. Like Mike say’s, it is beter than a good day at work. He just likes going through the motions, catching is fun, but fishing is a way of life. A young man, and his mom were catching spot like it was going out of style, one after the other, right from the rail. Then trying for flounder in the ditch. There was a little mayhem here, and there at the boat ramp, but nothing to write home about. That will change as the day progresses, another reason for me to head back down. You never know what is going to happen at a public boat ramp.
Tonight Loud Love is playing the Sandbar tavern. I will be there with tickets for the “Raffle for the Bays” come on out and have a great time.