Skates and Blues oh, how I love you both.
I hit a local beach in Brooklyn the other morning, suprisingly enough blues were still around and wow they were big, 9 or 10 lbs all of em. I am suprised they haven't migrated out yet, I guess they are chomping on the herring.
I used the last of my frozen peanuts and bottom fished and pulled up quite a lot of small skates. I switched to plugging with my white bucktail and eh nothing came up. The Rattling Rap pulled in a few hits but when I was bringing something small in, I felt a smash and pulled a blue up after a few strong runs.
I decided to keep one bluefish at 6 lbs and filleted him as soon as I bled him to death right on the spot and stuck him in my cooler. It actually tasted pretty good after I breaded him heavily and ate a lot of it immediately. There were no baitfish around so I guess the blues were starving. I'd assume they weren't saturated with the Peanut Bunkers and in combination with the cold water they tasted good. I recommend to others if you get a blue this time of year it might not be a bad idea to take it home, but make sure you bleed it and fillet it quickly and put it on ice fast.
One guy had a sand spike and his 11' Daiwa dragged into the water, must have been a hefty skate or a nice bass. Felt really bad for him, I tried to snag his rod while it was still on top but to no avail.