Saturday, December 21, 2013

Monmouth Beach, NJ

I fished in Monmouth Beach from 6 to 10 this morning.

According to Surfline forecast, surf height at 7 am today would be 1-2 feet in Sandy Hook, 2-3 feet in Monmouth Beach, 3-4 feet in Island Beach State Park. Surf height of 2-3 feet might create nice white water and still be manageable to handle the fly line in the surf. I really wanted to go back to IBSP for such a beautiful place, but 3-4 feet surf height seemed a little too much for me, especially with the incoming tide. 
So I decided to go to Monmouth Beach.

I fished for a couple of hours, but nothing happened.
Then I moved onto the jetty and caught a small one right away. I got one more hooking, but failed to land it.

As the striper season is ending, I am running out of chance to catch a keeper size.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Rough Surf in Sandy Hook, NJ

I hit the Sandy Hook surf again (nobody there) yesterday morning from 7 till 11.
The surf was very rough and stained. I couldn't make a descent line retrieval as incoming wave kept pushing the line right away.
Gradually when the outgoing tide got going, the retrieval became more manageable.
Birds were busily flying back and forth beyond the first break and above the big wave, but I couldn't figure out if they were looking for food or what.
Anyway I didn't even get a bump.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Many Schoolies in Sandy Hook, NJ

In the web some fishing reports about Sandy Hook state that many schoolies are in the surf now.
So I fished there again this morning from 6 till 9, and I caught three shoolies with the sand eel flies. They were small but very fat. I also got many bites.
The spin fishermen around me probably caught many more fish than I did.

As a note:  During the low tide in the early morning, a lot of white water was created by the wave.  I caught the three schoolies and experienced many bites in this white water.
But as the incoming tide advanced, the wave didn't make much white water anymore, and the action gradually died down.  

                                           I am happy with the catch today.  The striper season hasn't end for me yet.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Point at Sandy Hook Was Closed.

Yesterday was warmer than the past several days, so I went to Sandy Hook, NJ, and hoped to fish the last school of migrating stripers.
As the sign on the left showed:  the Point was fenced off for maintenance dredging.  The east corner of the Point was where I mostly wanted to fish. This trip ended up as a casting practice.

I am still waiting for more good fishing reports from NJ shore.