The past week has been slower than we would like to see, but it was kind of what we expected.
Anglers, whether by choice or by the wind, have not had the number of opportunities to fish that they certainly would have liked. It happens, nobody likes it, but you live with it. We need to focus on the opportunities ahead and make the most of them.
The Miss Avalon picked her seats, like most boats, and made a few trips over the past week. The weather has put a problem in the plans, but this has been the pattern recently with the wind in particular taking its toll. When they were able to get away from the dock, their customers would catch triggerfish, bluefish, weak fish, croakers and spot.
The September 28 trip saw a good group of fishermen land their share of triggerfish, proving that if you can get out on the water, beautiful fish can be caught. Don’t just sit around waiting for the bar season to begin.
The Miss Avalon will continue to sail for these species but will soon add the bass, with the season starting October 8, to this cute mixed bag.
Sea Isle Bait and Tackle reported that Austin stopped to weigh a weak fish which he caught. After reaching the scale, the fish weighed 3.6 pounds. The report also mentions that more and more fish have appeared as temperatures cool.
The Bronson and Buckshot Betti duo stopped to show off two stripers, both of whom were over 30 inches tall.
The Sailor’s Delight remains busy. They recently had a family for a crab trip. When the day was over and the tally, they counted 63 respectable crabs for their effort.
When they fish, they catch a mix of weak fish, blue fish, jacks, black fish and other assorted species. In fact, they recently caught an Atlantic Pointy nose shark, the first of its species to cross the rail and was added to the list of the different fish they caught.
The Sea Star III and Captain Chuck have only been able to release a few times since last week’s column. When they did, they were happy to see that the “action was good”.
The pools were claimed by Bob Calvello, who won with a 1.25 pound kingfish, and Brian Egan, who claimed his winnings with a 3.1 pound ballista.
Those wishing to get into the striped bass action should contact Captain Skip, of Stalker Charters. He took out the dodge and hit the backwaters early in the morning, catching a few bouts in early fall. Call him at 609-972-5218.
Cape May Bait and Tackle have reported numerous baitfish swimming off local beaches. On one particular evening, banks of peanut bunkers were chased by blue snappers. If you cast a crippled herring or a Hopkins lure, you might have an encouraging chance to land bluefish.
On a recent morning, a store regular was throwing Gulp which prompted a 30-inch plotter to hit the offer. Early morning or evening seems like the best time to cast bait and get into some great fishing.
Since we don’t have as much intercourse as usual, this implies that there are not as many people fishing at the moment. The weather also played a role in the lack of fishing. With that in mind, it gives me the opportunity to remind everyone that now is a great time to clean your gear and get it ready for the coming fall fishing season.
A basic freshwater bath for poles and reels is a good start. At a minimum, water them down, but a better idea would be to remove the spool from its pole and wash the exposed surfaces well. While the reel is off, consider stopping at a favorite hardware store and having a new line or braid installed. At least remove a few yards of the line or braid to access a new section.
The drag should also be back on the spool to extend the life of the washers used to serve as the mechanism that creates it. If the drag is kept tight for an extended period between uses, it could compress the washers to the point that they may not be able to do the job they were intended to do. Therefore, there will be no drag to slow down a fish that bites the hook and runs.
Next, remember to check the eyes of the fishing rod. A cracked eye will cause the line to fray, especially the braid, and then the line will break. This will usually happen at the most inconvenient time.
If the tip is cracked, you can replace it yourself. Those who know how to replace other eyes or have someone repaired at a local workshop.
Finally, when you put the reel back on the pole, make sure it’s securely attached to the reel seat, that the reel foot is properly seated in the reel seat, and you tighten the jam nut.
It was unfortunately a slow week, either the weather or the fishermen taking a break. Let’s watch this as everyone rejuvenates for the big fall push.
There is still plenty of fishing available, so good luck if you go out, take care of yourself and see you soon.