MC55

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  1. Wasn't able to get out the past few days, but back at it this morning. NE wind with choppy white water was a welcome sight. First time in a long time the water was warmer then the air. Water was a little on the off color side, but very fishable today. Started with the soft plastics as I walked the sand and picked two early that were in the 16 to 18 inch range. Did get a few more bumps, but nothing on the hook. No snappers around either. Later in the morning as the tide dropped there were a few rips starting to form. Saw a lot of bugs washing up and back, so figured it was time to give them a try. Finished up with a small fluke and a couple bigger stripes, 22 and 24 inches. Had a number of other hits and pick ups. Swimmers and lifeguards arrives so it was time to head home.
  2. The summer doldrums flag seems to be flying high right now. Lots of small bait still out there, but nothing but snappers on the feed. Tried bugs for awhile when I could find some moving water, but not a touch. It would be nice to find something out there bigger then 8 inches. Back again in the morning.
  3. Decided to make a north MC trip this morning to see if there was anything happening. Beautiful morning with very light SW wind, a little cooler water and some wave action. Found enough bait moving around and birds coming in and out to pick. Even with all the bait in close, the only thing happening was snapper blitzes. Lots of 6 to 8 inch fish. Played around with them on the 007 and when they moved on I called it a morning.
  4. Made it out early before the heavy rain hit. Steady NE wind starting to kick up the surf a bit and was also bringing in some cabbage along with the usual floating trash. Water was just beginning to turn a bit dirty as the tide was coming in. Found one little guy that was about 15 inches, had another one hit the white swimmer, jump and toss it back. Saw the heavy weather coming and got back to the car just as the skies opened up. Better conditions forecast for tomorrow.
  5. Flat as a lake out there this morning and still very warm water. Some bait in the wash line, but not as much as was around Wednesday morning. Not many snappers where I was either. Never went after the plastics at least. Gave it a good walk and did find one at 22 inches that went for the teaser. No moving water so nothing happening with the bugs. Forecast is calling for a wind shift to the NE for awhile, so might kick things up a bit. Back out on Monday.
  6. Warmest water of the year out there this morning and a flat surf to go along with it. Lots of small bait around like everybody else is seeing with a few snappers on the chase. Saw some bigger blues, but they stayed out of casting range. All I could come up with was a fiesty cow nose that gave my VR50 a workout. Let's see if the weather cooperates tomorrow in the AM.
  7. Moved to the southern end of the area I cover this morning. Still a relatively quiet surf with the water slightly cooler then yesterday. Tossed plugs, plastics, and bugs without a touch. Got back in the car and moved 8 or 9 miles north. Back on the sand saw a ton of bait and birds diving. As I got to the waters edge it turned out to be nothing more then a snapper blitz. Well, when that's what you're given, go with the flow. Put on a 007 and was entertained for an hour or so. Did see a 2 1/2 to 3 foot shark come thrashing through the wash chasing the snappers, which added some excitement. Just a bit disappointing that all the bait around only attracted the snappers. Back out Friday morning.
  8. Water is warm where I've been wetting a line and with very light surf action. Around here it's the SSE wind that brings in the cold water. Gave it another walk this morning and saw a few pods of small bait around and some birds picking. Not too many snappers this morning, so tossed the plastics and found one 22 incher that took the orange sand eel. That was the one and only hit, about 30 mins before sun up. Tried the bugs, but not much current to keep them on the move. Food is there, just think the warmer water has finally slowed things down.
  9. Back out this morning and thought there might be some real possibilities with all the small bait in the wash line. Terns picking every now and then off the beach a bit, but all that seemed to be around was a ton of snappers. Feed them 3 or 4 of my plastic sand eels before it was time to put them away. Surf was next to flat with warm water and a SW wind. Tried bugs, plastics, plugs and metal and couldn't get anything other then snapper hits. First skunk for me since the end of June. Hope its not the official start of the Summer Doldrums! Forecast is calling for a calm surf all week, which is not helpful. Back at it tomorrow.
  10. Had to put in an abbreviated session this morning with placed to be, so stayed close to home base. Let's say this morning was one of those wrong places at the wrong time. Haven't fish the area in about two weeks, but the amount of sand movement was unbelievable. Rock piles being covered and no structure to fish, just flat sand and thin water at low tide. Best I could do was a short fluke on the white sand eel. No rips or cuts for the bugs today along with the south to north flow resulted in a striper skunk. Probably won't be back out till Monday.
  11. Good question. I do get them on occasion, but just have to think they are not that abundant right now on the beaches. At least with any size. I see little ones scurry when walking the wash and watch the ospreys pluck them out for a meal.
  12. Was really surprised at how good the conditions were this morning when I hit the sand. Low tide, but rolling, clean white water, S to SW wind, and cool water temp. Found a nice rip along a bar and started tossing the white sand eel. Third cast, fish on. Continued to walk the sand looking for more spots like that and finished the morning landing 5 along with 3 or 4 other bumps. Every fish was right at 21 inches and on the fat side. Snappers were not an issue this morning, thankfully. Did try the bugs when the tide turned, and had a couple of pick ups, but nothing stayed on the hook. Current wasn't the best with the wind making it a S to N drift. Still a good morning. Just another one of those right place, right time things.
  13. Steady SE wind this morning, but water was clean and very little junk around where I was. Surf was kicking up enough to create some white water, but not a lot of current or rips yet. Started with the white swimmer, but when the snappers removed the paddle, changed to the bugs. Starting off the month with 2 and one hitting the tape right at 28 inches. Got that one on the bugs that I was drifting in the low water trough. The other was on the plastic that I went back to later in the morning, 21 inches. No T-storms, just a little rain to accompany the morning walk.
  14. Try to keep other conversations, inquires, and rants in the appropriate threads. If you have a question about something that would make a good thread on it's own, please start one. For all of you new to the site, this is how you should make your report. It's up to you how much information you give, but please keep it within the rules and no spot-burning or specific locations. Out front (oceanfront) or In the back (rivers, bays, and inlets), Conditions What you were fishing for, What you were using, What you caught. You can say that you caught fish in Ocean County but saying that you got them at Ocean Beach is a no-no. The location terms to use are.......... Monmouth County Ocean County Atlantic County Cape May County North Jersey for the Hudson and other waters north of Raritan Bay. County name plus "In the back" for Inlets, Rivers, and Bays.
  15. Was able to find a couple more this morning fishing the bugs. Biggest of the two was 24 inches. Tried the plastics and surface plugs, but no takers again. Starting to see small bait showing in the wash and terns picking more often. When I was scooping for bugs, even had what looked like a small butter fish in the mix. More and more snappers on the chase too. Steady east wind was blowing as I was leaving with the forecast having it turn SE this afternoon. Just hoping the sea grass doesn't make a return appearance. Back at it in the morning as long as the T-Boomers don't show.