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Old 11-09-2018, 07:37 AM
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All the 26 to 29's are in the south jersey backbays this year

Actually I don't know that but will ask around, I see a bunch of slot pictures but perhaps not in the actual size/year class you mentioned.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:39 AM
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Tog this morning were small, going to try this afternoon as well.

Boats are getting decent bass in the back down here, nothing much on the ocean / inlet front. Some jettyjocks are picking some bigger than slots overnights.
well tog fishing has been a mystery this year down here.

none of the big tog have shown up, and in fact the population is very light
for this time of year. water conditions were perfect and yet it was a very very
slow pick of 12" ers.
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An interesting day for me yesterday.
I started at Seaside where I looked at the ocean just after high tide. I threw a plug and then a bucktail in the surf which looked beautiful. Nothing at all doing.
I moved down to IBSP to try the bay side, where I got 2 shorts on my trusty bucktail, but it looked like it should have been even fishier.


I then drove the 25 miles around to Lanoka Harbor (5 miles as the crow flies) to meet my boating buddy. We got out the Inlet for a couple hours of trolling and only saw ONE fish on the electronics and ZERO on our lines. There were reflections of huge clouds of what I think were sand eels - balloon shaped and tight forms that come from the bottom way up into the water column. I think we got some excellent practice at the mechanics of trolling Mojos and plugs at depths of 15 to 40 feet. When some fish finally arrive they're in trouble! We saw no bunker schools on the surface or on the screen.

I am still ready, but wondering when...
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well tog fishing has been a mystery this year down here.

none of the big tog have shown up, and in fact the population is very light
for this time of year. water conditions were perfect and yet it was a very very
slow pick of 12" ers.
Interestingly enough togging in western Long Island Sound has been much better for me than in previous years...
Made a trip on kayak yesterday with 3 other buddies...6am to 5pm...perfect conditions, air temps in mid 40F..water 56F ...
At the beginning we run into bass blitz with birds where I caught 5 bass in 26" range with one 31" keeper...all on top water popper.
Then we went togging..got 7 keepers with the largest being 22" ( 6.5 lbs) and the smallest 16.5"...fished 3 different spots and I got a keeper at each of them...
On our way back in afternoon run into another blitz with fish swirling all around us...got 6 more bass...one of those days
By the way the sunrise photo is not the best...it was cloudy in the morning
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:43 AM
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Interestingly enough togging in western Long Island Sound has been much better for me than in previous years...
Made a trip on kayak yesterday with 3 other buddies...6am to 5pm...perfect conditions, air temps in mid 40F..water 56F ...
At the beginning we run into bass blitz with birds where I caught 5 bass in 26" range with one 31" keeper...all on top water popper.
Then we went togging..got 7 keepers with the largest being 22" ( 6.5 lbs) and the smallest 16.5"...fished 3 different spots and I got a keeper at each of them...
On our way back in afternoon run into another blitz with fish swirling all around us...got 6 more bass...one of those days
By the way the sunrise photo is not the best...it was cloudy in the morning
very nice... it's acting like everything is late... 2 weeks ago we were still getting killed by tiny seabass... which are normally cleared out.

but the lack of big tog is very strange... it's not just me either
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Made a trip on kayak yesterday with 3 other buddies...

Wasn't it a little crowded?
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I just got back home. Drove 3 hours down yesterday to get skunked yesterday, but this morning I picked up a 25-26 incher at around 7:30 on clams. About an hour later my bunker reel started screaming and almost spooled me, so I picked it up, got the drag tightened up and turned the fish back, got into the braid and the bugger popped off in the wind driven waves...GONE!? The only other fish I heard about was my neighbor at the Lodge told me he was walking on last evening and saw a guy walking off with a keeper. 52 degrees and wind was 20 into my face
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No love for me tonight. Good part was, I stayed dry with my guy cotton top
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is anyone fishing???
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5 shorts for me at the bottom of the tide tonight all on a red/white teaser.
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Moco 2p to 5p Outfront outgoing to the bottom of the tide. On the fly with only one small Hickory shad. Ocean was flat with no swell and a SSE wind. Observed small bass being caught at the end of some long casts by the braid spinning brigade using shads and bucktails. lead and lines were zipping all over.
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Moco 2p to 5p Outfront outgoing to the bottom of the tide. On the fly with only one small Hickory shad. Ocean was flat with no swell and a SSE wind. Observed small bass being caught at the end of some long casts by the braid spinning brigade using shads and bucktails. lead and lines were zipping all over.
Could you imagine if those fish had any weight to them, One place to stay far away from. I heard someone went for a swim at the tip people have to realize that when a tanker cruises buy there is a tsunami not too far behind get away from the water quick. Thank god he was able to get out of the rip and into calmer water.
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I learned my lesson the hard way about 8yrs ago. Fishing up to my waist, the tanker came by, the water dropped to my ankles then up to my chest and I was bobbing down the beach, never again.
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big bass are down in the AC area, some nightowl jetty jocks and boats are getting them.

and bayyaker... I saw that one time during the day and was able to avoid being swept away but those tanker tsunami's are impressive as long as you don't get caught in them yourself!
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I'm going to take a walk out to the tip this morning for the noon high tide and will be very alert for those tsunamis. Thanks for the reminder.
It looks like it's going to be wet and windy, but if it were nice I'd have to work. I hope the fish don't mind the weather.
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