Hudson River Tournament Day. Seaside Park will be buzzing with hopeful anglers braving the morning chill in hope of a winning fish. Large schools of bait remain just out of casting range with hungry bass on their heels. The bite from the beach is still clams, cut bunker and swimming plugs in that order. Night tides are out producing daytime ones. As always plenty of fresh clams both shucked and in the shell along with fresh bunker, live eels and sand worms…John Yac
Another banner day yesterday for the boat guys, but what else is new? As frustrating as this may be for us surf jockeys, the one ray of hope from all this, is the fact that a least there is quality fish just out of our casting range. So for now we have to be content with a pick from the beach both on bait and lures and continue the waiting game, while praying for the body of fish to slide a bit west. As of tomorrow around mid day we will be carrying green crabs an will have them throughout the rest of the season… John Yac
The lions share of bass are still being taken in the dark on clams, cut bunker and swimming plugs. Most of your favorite spots are producing so there is really no one or two locations you must be at. Daytime is a different matter altogether and finding the schools of bait is definitely the key. Thank God gas prices have come down a bit lately, because you will be burning some extra during the day in your pursuit of the striped bass. Weather and wind direction looks great for the next few days, so why not give it a shot. You never know when thing will really break open… John Yac
The party goes on just out of our reach of the shore bound angler as usual. Surf anglers from Lavallette to Seaside Park yesterday stood and watched boat anglers take fish while there rods remained silent. There is plenty of bait just off shore but for surf bound anglers it’s just out of reach. The bite for us surf guys for the past few days has been all in the dark, clams, bunker and swimming plugs have all been catching keepers. But soon as first light, the party is over…. John Yac
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The weather remains great, a few more bass would be nice, but there is still plenty of bait in close, and the surf anglers are picking away on some nice fish both on bait and plugs… John Yac
Things have slowed down a bit from the hot in close action shore bound anglers have been enjoying. Still plenty of bait around from peanut bunker to full size bunker with clouds of rain fish coming and going. The important thing to remember when there is several different baits around is to match the hatch! Fish will key in on one size and action of one specific bait fish and totally ignore all others, this makes your lure selection that more difficult. But when you do match the hatch and come up with the right lure and present it in the right way BINGO! fish on! Something to think about… John Yac
The north jetty at Island Beach Park is finely open to fishing! One of the premier fishing spots in IBSP is now available to shore bound anglers. A couple of extra layers of clothing won’t hurt today before heading to the beach. There is still plenty of bait around and large blues and striped bass are still in pursuit. Cut bunker and clams are the top choices in the bait categories, while large poppers, swimming plugs and metals will cover your artificial needs… John Yac
You can add some slammer blues to the list of big boys hitting the beach. Blue fish in the 10 lb plus range were mixed in with the bass chasing those schools of bunker yesterday. The majority of action has been on bunker and the snag and drop method is still your best bet when possible. But showing up at the beach with fresh bunker just in case you can’t snag one is a smart move. Large poppers and swimming plugs should not be overlooked for these are tried and true lures to use when large bass and blues are on the prowl…. John Yac
A nice body of good size bass moved in along our beaches yesterday, they were hot on the trail of a school of full size bunker and gave shore bound anglers a shot at what boat fisherman take for granted. Big popping plugs and swimmers took their share of fish but the number one method by far was snag and drop. As long as these schools of peanut and full size bunker stay around and are within casting distance of the beach the odds of hooking up with a nice size bass is definitely in your favor…. John Yac
PM UPDATE: We just got a load of FRESH BUNKER in the shop. Stop in before you hit the beach. Remember these bass are on bunker so don’t miss out!
Well we’re finally up and running once again, hope they got all the bugs out this time. Yesterday we had some quality fish hit the beach in IBSP. The fish were in the 20 lb class and were taken on the snag and drop method. There were large schools of peanut to full size bunker within casting range and the bass were in hot pursuit. Got some reports back from the beach today and the large schools of bait are just out of casting range but that can change at any time so be ready… John Yac