A little slow yesterday due to the weather, but for the anglers who did not let a little rain bother them the results remained the same. Striped bass took clams and cut bunker fished on the bottom. The amount of keepers compared to shorts are on the rise. There are schools of bunker out there but not in the snagging range yet. Action in the back bay yesterday was slow with a few bass and blue fish taken by those willing to work hard and move around. Our shop has extended hours of operation 6 AM to 8 PM 7 day a week now, and remember our full line of fresh and frozen baits including sand and blood worms…John Yac
Bass and blues hitting clams and bunker in the surf.
There were also some blues and short stripers caught in the back yesterday with the blues in the 5 -7 lb range. We have clams, fresh bunker and an assortment of frozen baits so get out there.
The spring run seems to be heating up! The back bay in the last few days have been giving up some quality fish. Blues up to 10 lbs and the biggest bass our shop has weighted in from the bay hit the scales at 18 lbs yesterday. The fish was caught by Phil Dirt on fresh cut bunker fished right on the bottom, Phil also had a 11 lb bass . The action is spread out from the 37 bridge areas to Oyster Creek. As far as Island Beach State Park goes it has extended its hours and access areas, they are now open at 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM and you may fish down as far as area A-23. Reports of keeper size bass was on the rise yesterday from the park where the fish were taking clams fished on HI – LO rigs….John Yac
The number of keeper bass caught in the park yesterday were on the rise. A few blue fish were in the mix in the 8 to 10 lb range. Clams on a high low rigs are doing it for the bass while fresh cut bunker accounted for several of the blue fish. Buck tail jigs are producing in the bay on keeper size bass in the Oyster creek area. We have a full selection of fresh bait, clams, bunker, blood and sand worms along with a full line of frozen choices.
PS – Still looking for a jet ski and yard maintenance help must have boating license. Call the dock ask for Tom.
Looks like a nice couple of days coming up with lower winds and good AM tides to go along with the 8 AM to 6PM Island Beach State Park hours of operation. We are hoping this will change soon and go back to business as usual in the park. The same body of fish seem to be in place as in the past week. Blue fish and bass in the bay and short to keeper size bass in the ocean. Clams and cut bait will do the trick in both locations, while swimming plugs in the ocean and rubber tailed jigs in the bay are your artificial choices. John Yac P.S. We are looking for a jet ski person plus yard maintenance help for the up coming season, must have a boating license. Apply at The Dock Outfitters 5 Rt. 35 South Seaside Heights, NJ 08751 (732) 830-8171 or Fax (732) 830-8990 ask for Tom.
More and more anglers are starting to fish Island Beach State Park each day. Short bass with some keepers mixed in is whats going on at this time. The back bay still is producing blues on cut bunker in the Toms River to Oyster Creek areas. Clams fished on the rig of your choice in the ocean will work and bunker chunks fish on the bottom with no floats is the way to go in the bay. Swimming plugs are still producing in both areas. We are starting a new section in our shop for quality used custom and manufactured tackle. G.Loomis, St.Croix and Lamiglas are whats for sale right now along with our 20% off on red tagged rods…John Yac
Blue fish were caught in the bay yesterday on cut bunker. The fish were in the 4 to 10 lb range. There has been bunker from Toms River area to Oyster Creek. Action in Island Beach State Park remains the same, small to keeper size bass on clams. Swimming plugs will work on both the blue fish in the bay and the bass in the ocean when conditions allow… John Yac
Striped Bass catches increase in Island Beach State Park! I guess it’s a numbers game more anglers = more fish. The sale of beach buggy permits in the park this week has brought more anglers to the beach, and while there why not fish! Fresh bait is the way to go early in the spring run. Clams, sand worms and bunker are doing the trick. Along with your bait rods it’s a good idea to bring a plugging stick. Small to medium swimming plugs are working when conditions are right. Remember the shop is open now from 6 AM to 6 PM 7 days a week for all your fishing needs…John Yac
Nice to see beach buggies pulling in with 2013 Island Beach State Park beach buggy permits. Yesterday was the first day they were on sale at the gate with the promise of full beach access to come shortly. The off shore bass bite in the Ortley and Seaside Hights areas has been good with some nice size keepers. More and more bass are being caught in the park on clams each day, while shorts outnumber keepers this will sure change as schools of bait move in. If you like throwing lures mambo and SP minnows are also working…John Yac
The spring run of striped bass looks like it might be getting underway! Reports of keeper bass along with shorts are being taken on clams in Island Beach State Park and a few spots just north of Seaside where anglers can gain access to the beach. Along with the clams bass are taking small plastic swimming plugs when conditions are right…John Yac