UncleJohn

November 2018 Fishing Reports

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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.

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Fished Halloween night through until about 2:30am in MOCO.... found some feeding fish and was actually snagging rain bait on single hook jigs so they must have been thick in some of the pockets... Seemed like small fish on tiny bait... Managed one short and that was all she wrote... Going to head south for the evening shift today and see what's what a little down the road...

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Moved a little to the north this morning and found a nice rolling surf, but the water was a bit dirtier than were I was yesterday.  Still not seeing very much bait close to shore.  Best I could do was to pick up one little guy around 20 inches.  As long as the T-storms stay away in the morning will try much further north.

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Finally back in action. Gave it a shot out front CMC this morning 445-6am. SSW breeze was making things choppy in the surf and constant wave action with a slight R-L sweep. Casting distance was down with the rod hand not being back to strength yet so couldn't get past the breakers. Should have thrown metal or a BT. Almost got the waders swamped by a swell that somehow made it through the mess. Skunk for me but felt good to finally get back out. 

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54 mins ago, Goudacuda said:

don't know if its ok to ask this, but is it even worth it trying to fish out back now or should I try out front 

walk the beach you'll find out

 

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54 mins ago, fishless said:

That depends

been fishing the back pretty much every night, I see. bait pretty regularly but theres never any fish on them. torn between waiting it out or leaving the potential for fish to Find fish 

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We're at that point in the season where either could be the right choice

Bigger fish are a mile and less off the beach and could make a foray in at any time

Same goes for the back some bigger fish could show but there's been a lot of small fish back there that tend to get to a lure first

50/50 shot, so do what you enjoy doing more.

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There are big fish around, you just have to put away the small stuff and work the big baits. Just have to decide, getting skunked a lot to get that  1 monster, or messing around with smaller fish with more consistent catching. No wrong answer.

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I'll be swinging on Monday/Tuessay so let's see what that weather and wind produces because it's going right back to west to flatten the surf again. Last year was the complete opposite but there wasn't bait or fish so the pendulum keeps switching....

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1 hour ago, IsmailG said:

There are big fish around, you just have to put away the small stuff and work the big baits. Just have to decide, getting skunked a lot to get that  1 monster, or messing around with smaller fish with more consistent catching. No wrong answer.

I had this strategy today. Fished MoCo out front today. Got the skunkaroo today while carrying around a bag of rediculously large stuff peeking out of the plug purse.  I was hopeful but it was quiet in the surf. I did feel a good smack on a tin J8 but fishy didn't come back and swallow. I'm thinking a bass gave it a bump or a blue short struck.  It was a beautiful day and I'm glad I didn't golf instead.  You shoulda seen all the boats out there!

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Hit the creek behind my house and caught a few nice LMB. Holding me over until I can get to the beach. Maybe this Saturday? Think it'll be a good weekend for some pros on here.

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