Boats are going offshore for sea bass and doing well

Winter fishing is in full effect for the most part, you sure aren’t going to find any summer fish still hanging around. Maybe the occasional summer flounder but they are usually caught trolling stretches in the ocean for migratory striped bass. That is one thing no one is doing in our waters yet. The migratory […]

It’s been quiet in the surf aside from short striped bass

Sorry I missed you all last week. I have been dealing with a myriad of fishery meetings both state and federal, wind farm and state park meetings, outdoor show organizing, surf fishing tournament preparations, and rebuilding the manufacturing facility for DS Custom Tackle. Somewhere in between all of that I get to go fishing, and […]

Cold temps: Anglers don’t like it but hunters should be happy

Wasn’t enough snow to go car hooding but enough to keep many of us indoors. I am not ready for this weather, I have plenty of gear for the cold, I just don’t want to wear it all right now. I know the fish don’t care but boy oh boy the anglers do, there are […]

Tautog action for keeper fish is picking up at the inlets

Getting colder and now the days are officially shorter, thanks to daylight savings time. That initial shock of it being dark much earlier always throws us off, good thing Mother Nature doesn’t turn back her clocks, just ask my dog. The only advantage is it is lighter by the time on my clock when we […]

Short striped bass are thick in the surf and easy to catch

The fall fishing is almost upon us, striped bass are on the move, and one of our favorite activities is what we call rat wrangling. Short striped bass known as rats to some surf anglers are thick in the surf right now feeding. Up north (Jersey/NY) migratory bass are thick on sand eel and bunker […]

It’s rough but if you put in the time you can still catch fish

Fishing anywhere the past week has been nautical as far as conditions. Boats can’t go out in these rough seas. It has been land based fishing or nothing. Even fishing from land has been difficult. The tide has been up more than normal for the past two weeks. Now we have a nor’eater like storm […]

Pompano catches have been frequent and some are huge

Fall, summer, fall, summer, good times with the weather. Now we have king tides here and low tide is next to nonexistent. There is high tide and higher tide. With a new moon and Hurricane Lorenzo storm surge it has been a wet week on the beaches and waterways. Daily small craft advisories are keeping […]

There’s still a lot of fun action in short striped bass

Welcome to fall, loving those 90-degree days! It is much cooler now, beautiful at night, and dropping water temperatures. Anglers reminisce of days gone by of fall striped bass runs. The back-in-the-day stories get better every year. Some think this will be the year … “this will be the year they come in close to […]

Fishing’s still OK after Hurricane Dorian’s storm surge

Hurricane Dorian’s storm surge was a little rough, ate some beaches up a tad, but the fishing was not too bad. From land, boats were not going out in that slop. The beaches survived, are a lot flatter with wide surf. They look like Assateague and New Jersey beaches. Something many of us surf anglers […]

Hinkle in spotlight with 2nd White Marlin Open victory

August has been decent weather so far, not too hot, some cool nights. Makes for better fishing conditions. The waters are holding temperatures. We had an upwelling last week that cooled the water off along the coast. Nice to see an August that doesn’t produce bathtub water conditions in the back bays and creeks. History […]