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Old 07-09-2005, 07:02 PM
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My parents are dragging me to horse races at monmouth racetrack tomorrow and I'm looking to get in some fishing either before or after the races. Anyone have any suggestions about any places in the area, or any info on how the fishing as been in this area? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-09-2005, 07:25 PM
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Check out this map here. It all depends on how far you want to go from there. Monmouth beach is good as is Sandy Hook and Belmar, but those are just some of the spots. A week ago there was some bass still around being caught on chunks of bunker. Clams are also pretty good. Last I heard they were doing pretty good on blues there too. I'm sure somone will pipe up with some newer info soon. Good Luck.
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Old 07-10-2005, 01:27 AM
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This is part of Capt. Jim Fredas most recent report.
The fishing this week has been very good with a variety of opportunities now wide open for the choosing. On the inshore grounds, striped bass, bluefish and fluke are available, but weakfish have remained elusive. Offshore, the waters are teaming with bluefin tuna.
The striped bass run in the bunker schools was very good during July 4th weekend and many boaters got a good bang for their buck. Best action has been centered in southern Monmouth and northern Ocean counties from Ocean Grove down through Mantoloking. There has been an absence of bunkers to the north, and boats from the Sandy Hook area have been making this run to the south.
The average bass caught this week weighed from 25-31 pounds. This could all change quickly this weekend, however, as the remnants of tropical storm Cindy move our way, possibly generating some stiff northeast winds. A sizeable blow could push the remaining bunker schools out of the area.
The dry northeast wind that we had over the holiday weekend did warm our ocean waters into the upper 60s with some areas hitting 70 for the first time this season. It improved the ocean fluke fishing greatly. The waters off of Long Branch up through Monmouth Beach have been producing limit catches for boaters on a tide. Many pool winners during the week were in the range of 8 to 9 pounds.
Raritan Bay has also been very good for fluke this week. These fish have migrated into the bay heavily and are spread over its entire expanse. Pool winners in the bay are smaller than along the oceanfront with the top catches from 5 to 6 pounds. Fluke fishing has also improved in the Shark and Manasquan rivers as the ratio of throwbacks to keepers is now around six to one.

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Striped bass are still making headlines this far into the summer. Usually the stripers are gone, but varying water temperatures are keeping them around and the surf anglers aren't complaining.
Ray at Absecon Bay Sportsman said the eels are flying out of the store faster than they can stock them. Ray said that if the water temperature at the beaches and inlets gets to 70 degrees or above the kingfish move in thick. If the water temperature stays below the 70-degree mark, the bass are very active and the kings disappear, comfort zone fishing at its finest.
Getting back to the eels, anglers are livelining them in the evenings under the bridges and around the inlets and catching plenty of bass. The fish are ranging from slot fish up to 40 inches.
One customer came into the store with a 40-pound striper that he caught while anchored up within a mile of the beach in Atlantic City. The big bass ate fresh clam on the bottom.
Ray did some evening plugging over the weekend and caught two bass in the 25-inch range and a 20-inch fluke. The fluke came up and ate a plug, believe or not. The action has been steady around 10 p.m.
Plenty of fluke are in the back bays, but you have to pick through a lot of shorts to get your limit. Plan on throwing back 30 shorts to catch five nice ones. Bluefin tuna are taking trolled baits and lures around the 28-Mile Wreck and some big dusky and brown sharks are providing action close to the beach.
The kingfish are providing the dependable action off the Ocean City beaches according to Finatic's Bait & Tackle. Bloodworms, Fish Bite bloodworm alternative and the Berkely Gulps are taking plenty of the tasty kings. Kings usually stack up in the trough just beyond the first breakers and are easy to catch. A spinning rod rigged with a kingfish rig is an easy way to put dinner on the table.
Have a stringer to hold your catch and a pouch or fanny pack to hold some tackle and bait and you can enjoy the action....
Nice stripers are still around the inlets and jetties. Bunker and clam is the best bait. Plugging at dusk and dawn is catching some nice bass as well.
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Old 07-15-2005, 01:37 PM
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Friday, July 15, 2005

The remnants of tropical storm Cindy that blew through last Friday with heavy rain and wind affected the striped bass fishery.
The hard northeast wind pushed in warm 70-degree offshore water, and as a result most of the striped bass have relocated. Some fish are being picked up here and there, but for the most part, our run of big bass along the beach is over.
There are bunkers that remain, but the bulk of these also have moved south. The greatest concentrations of bunker in the past week have been from the Seaside piers south through Island Beach State Park.
Several viable alternatives remain for striped bass.
You can try to fish the jetty tips in Monmouth County at first light, as they will hold a resident population of striped bass through the summer. The bass at these jetty tips are not the big ones that were being caught regularly during June, but still are exciting to catch.
These fish will range in size from small to about 20 pounds. However, most will be 12-to 18-pounders.
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