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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Friday, September 26, 2003
SALTWATER FISHING: Mullet to make a big push
By JIM FREDA, STAFF WRITER

Isabel spared our coast as she roared through on our backside, affecting inland communities more than the shore areas. She did, however, churn up our waters, and it wasn't until Sunday that boaters were able to head back out. What was found was plenty of bait tight to the beach but very few fish on them. Spearing, peanut bunker, and mullet were thick in some areas and spread out in others.

Having the bait stay in place is a plus in the aftermath of a storm of this caliber. Usually the bait is driven off the beach or completely out of the area. By Wednesday the ocean waters cleaned up and false albacore were present in good numbers off the beach. Right now this fishery is a boaters' game, as very few albies are within reach for surfcasters. The majority of fish are in 30 to 50 feet of water.

With the downside of the new moon next week, we should also see a big push of mullet from our backbays. If a drop in water temperature coincides with this movement, we can expect a good class of teen-size bass dominating in the surf. Typically during the peak of the run, 10- to 18-pound bass are common, with some larger fish mixed in. This is a nice change from the 24- to 28-inch fish that have made up the bulk of the catch till now.

Fishing briefs

Oct. 5 is the Governor's 12th annual Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park The competition is open to individuals of all ages and will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament is held to encourage everyone to learn more about the sport of surf fishing and take advantage of a great family activity.

By registering, participants will be contributing toward marine education and restoration efforts, and the construction of access ramps for disabled saltwater anglers. Funds also help provide surf fishing access, surf fishing instruction programs, and equipment, and the purchase of specialized wheelchairs that provide beach access to the disabled and elderly.

Registration is $15 on the day of the tournament and $5. for those aged 13-17. Children 12 and under are free, but must register and be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register at the Park on the day of the tournament beginning at 5 a.m. Entry into the park is free to individuals who register for the Surf Fishing Tournament, although a $25 beach buggy weekend permit is required to drive on the beach and is available at the park entrance. Storm date is Oct. 12.

Eight species are eligible for entry in the tournament: albacore tuna, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, kingfish, red drum, fluke, and weakfish. Overall length will determine the winner. All fish must meet minimum length requirements. The individual who catches the overall largest fish will win the ''Governor's Award,'' and have his/her name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park.

The tournament is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Friday, September 26, 2003
SALTWATER FISHING: Mullet to make a big push
By JIM FREDA, STAFF WRITER

Isabel spared our coast as she roared through on our backside, affecting inland communities more than the shore areas. She did, however, churn up our waters, and it wasn't until Sunday that boaters were able to head back out. What was found was plenty of bait tight to the beach but very few fish on them. Spearing, peanut bunker, and mullet were thick in some areas and spread out in others.

Having the bait stay in place is a plus in the aftermath of a storm of this caliber. Usually the bait is driven off the beach or completely out of the area. By Wednesday the ocean waters cleaned up and false albacore were present in good numbers off the beach. Right now this fishery is a boaters' game, as very few albies are within reach for surfcasters. The majority of fish are in 30 to 50 feet of water.

With the downside of the new moon next week, we should also see a big push of mullet from our backbays. If a drop in water temperature coincides with this movement, we can expect a good class of teen-size bass dominating in the surf. Typically during the peak of the run, 10- to 18-pound bass are common, with some larger fish mixed in. This is a nice change from the 24- to 28-inch fish that have made up the bulk of the catch till now.

Fishing briefs

Oct. 5 is the Governor's 12th annual Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park The competition is open to individuals of all ages and will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament is held to encourage everyone to learn more about the sport of surf fishing and take advantage of a great family activity.

By registering, participants will be contributing toward marine education and restoration efforts, and the construction of access ramps for disabled saltwater anglers. Funds also help provide surf fishing access, surf fishing instruction programs, and equipment, and the purchase of specialized wheelchairs that provide beach access to the disabled and elderly.

Registration is $15 on the day of the tournament and $5. for those aged 13-17. Children 12 and under are free, but must register and be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register at the Park on the day of the tournament beginning at 5 a.m. Entry into the park is free to individuals who register for the Surf Fishing Tournament, although a $25 beach buggy weekend permit is required to drive on the beach and is available at the park entrance. Storm date is Oct. 12.

Eight species are eligible for entry in the tournament: albacore tuna, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, kingfish, red drum, fluke, and weakfish. Overall length will determine the winner. All fish must meet minimum length requirements. The individual who catches the overall largest fish will win the ''Governor's Award,'' and have his/her name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park.

The tournament is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
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