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Old 08-29-2016, 10:31 AM
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Canyon overnighter on 8/23 with brothers Elio and John Casqueira.

Fun trip releasing two white marlin and putting a 50-60# yellowfin in the box.

Thanks again for the invite guys!

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Old 08-29-2016, 11:33 AM
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nice reports as always JB!
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:29 PM
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there are snapper and cocktail sized blues, in the surf with a sinking line you have a good shot at flounder. More and more stripers will show, weakies are around in small numbers, you may have a shot at some pelagics like false albies or spanish macks.

work the bays more right now for blues, then pick your days out front when there are NO big swells, medium to light surf, work around rocks or any other soft structure you can find (yes, you need to learn soft structure on the beach... that is cuts, gullies, rips).

much more can be said, but work the beginning or end of day... false dawn to after sunup, sundown to the full dark... for more success.

night is the right time for many spots and surf fishing in general, but I wouldn't recommend starting flyfishing saltwater at night until you get all your logistics and basics down.

finally the rule is "find the bait, and find the fish"... if there are schools of bait swirling around, there is likely something around picking it off.
What he said!! I went out with my eight weight fly rod because earlier in the week I was able to catch a decent amount of 17 inch fluke and one keeper out in the front. At the time I was using a small 4400 series ambassador revolving spool and eight and 1/2 foot salmon casting rod
(light tackle). I caught all the fish in three to four foot water in the trough close to shore. I caught all the flat ones by casting parallel to the shoreline and using a plastic swirly tail and teaser. My gray matter, (loaded with bright ideas that only work sometimes) figured: How hard could it be with a fly rod and a few spearing imitations patterns, after all I'm using them as teasers on the conventional gear.
When I arrived before sun up , and met with one of my friends, a surf rat, and best fluke master, I know. I grabbed the fly gear instead of the Abu casting gear, and headed out with him. My thoughts were if he caught lots of fish and I caught none, my technique with the fly gear would need some drastic changes and I would go back to the research department and figure out what I was not doing right. Well it was real slow, he caught a few and I caught none on the fly rod. I will take a step back catch a few fish and then try again. I know it will work, I just have to put the time in. YD
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:16 PM
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first day out today in 2 weeks; been slow down south; 2 fluke about 16 but very fat; thought they were keepers during the fight; pink Gulp on the teaser; only lasted about an hour til the bugs drove me away
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:22 PM
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Was doing a beach day with the grandkids++. A few hours looking for kingfish only resulted in a few bites from micro kings ( distinctive rap raps) but no hookups. Tough swell and very silted water. Great day nonetheless. My oldest grandson got his first fish Saturday at the nearby pond... cast ( with help) hooked and reeled in a sunny. He's 2 1/2 so I was very very happy. Today was just reeling practice though wishes conditions were better
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Was doing a beach day with the grandkids++. A few hours looking for kingfish only resulted in a few bites from micro kings ( distinctive rap raps) but no hookups. Tough swell and very silted water. Great day nonetheless. My oldest grandson got his first fish Saturday at the nearby pond... cast ( with help) hooked and reeled in a sunny. He's 2 1/2 so I was very very happy. Today was just reeling practice though wishes conditions were better
Nice report...there is nothing as satisfying as helping a kid catch his first fish. I had that pleasure with 2 sons and a complete stranger at a mountain lake in AZ who was fishing there with his mom...I let him "try my rod" with a trout on it and and he reeled it in. One of my life's Best Catches!
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Nomoco: Dawn patrol out in the front with the tide almost to the top. East wind with a ground swell from the east that was pushing the waves back to back several feet apart and waist to chest high. Suspended sand out to 50 yards or more. It was a shoe break with the white water running 30 yards up the beach. No swim bait observed and no luck on the high- low rig. As the tide retreated the surf and wind calmed down somewhat, but I guess it will be more of the same next high tide. Water looked great for the striped ones just too warm right now. YD
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:20 AM
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The swells over the next week are likely going to make fishing for flats (or much else in the surf) tough.

Stay safe.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:33 AM
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Nomoco: Dawn patrol out in the front with the tide almost to the top. East wind with a ground swell from the east that was pushing the waves back to back several feet apart and waist to chest high. Suspended sand out to 50 yards or more. It was a shoe break with the white water running 30 yards up the beach. No swim bait observed and no luck on the high- low rig. As the tide retreated the surf and wind calmed down somewhat, but I guess it will be more of the same next high tide. Water looked great for the striped ones just too warm right now. YD
Thanks for the report; I just checked the surf cams which got me sort of excited for tonight's surf trip. I threw a couple of heavier bucktails in the surf bag.

Time to get some sand between my toes...its been way too long! Hoping for bass as the fluke will be sleeping by the time I get out of work today.
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Water looked great for the striped ones just too warm right now. YD
Just took a walk down to look at surf, perfect for stripes--if only it was about 20 degrees cooler.
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Thanks for the report; I just checked the surf cams which got me sort of excited for tonight's surf trip. I threw a couple of heavier bucktails in the surf bag.

Time to get some sand between my toes...its been way too long! Hoping for bass as the fluke will be sleeping by the time I get out of work today.
Good luck! John! The weather is great. Many of the smaller CC's this AM headed out with good intentions, but soon turned around. Head boats and seaworthy craft only from what I saw. I may try the back later on or tomorrow. YD
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:44 PM
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Got a report of things starting up in Ocean County. A friend had a few decent size blues and a 20 inch striper from his boat about 50 yards off the beach near some cuts in the sand.
He said the birds were diving on small thin bait but not sand eels.
He read water at 76
Little early but it may be a start.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:07 PM
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Interesting night yesterday...suffered from a different type of "first cast curse".

Drove from work to surf fishing spot in traffic: 1hr 30 minutes.

Got a call from my mom that she was side swiped by a kid pulling out of a mall parking lot with his learners permit but she was okay.

Walk to fishing spot: 30 minutes over hot sand in 83F humid weather.

Tie on homemade bucktail and teaser: 3 minutes.

Open jar of Uncle Josh pork rind only to find it rotted away: UGH!

Taking the first cast with a brand new never before cast St. Croix Legend and having the top half break into three pieces and the tip section go flying into the water: XXX!!!

30 minute walk of shame back to car (thanks for the company YardDog) and another 1hr 15 minute drive home all for a total 5 seconds of fishing.

Lessons learned...priceless

Next time test cast new rods at the field before wasting $40 in gas/tolls and four hours of time!

Called St. Croix - "superstar service" who took care of me right away. Now if only we can convince them to do a few quality control tests on $600 rods before they leave the factory we wouldn't hear about all these rods blowing up on the first few casts...still love my legends!

Will try and get my August surf bass tonight.

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ugh that sucks man. I've had outings like that where nothing goes right. Good luck tonight
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