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Old 08-16-2018, 07:56 AM
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very cool, Paul. Yup, the big idea fairy gave you the right approach which I've thought about many times .... AFTER I got home. In the heat of the moment I've either not thought about it or didn't have the right gear with me to do anything about it.


The biggest surf flounder I've caught was on a sabiki rig when fishing for spot with a very light 6' rod. Had a double or triple when the rod bent over and I managed to pull in a 20something incher, fat too. It had snagged itself in the sabiki rig after hitting one of the spot. Of course, season closed so back it went.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:13 AM
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Yes, that was the most upbeat beach fishing report I've seen in a while. Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:24 AM
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Rob,
I'm having positive thoughts that under the right conditions, those bigger fish are always there, but just not interrested in my measly offerings of fakes and frauds, while the real thing is swimming all around them!
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:46 AM
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To a degree... the big fish follow the bait for sure.


edit: to expand a bit more, if you've fished long enough then you've had the experience of catching a large fish on a very very small offering.
I caught my biggest flounder on the tiniest of killies... smaller than anything we had because I was having problems with that top hook spinning in the current and tangling around my line (insert
bayyaker's twisted dropper instructions here... not that I've tied one, but I sure have thought about it when having these twisting issues)


But I am 100% convinced when the spot, snappers and mullet are running tight in the surf, the big ones are right there (and likely laughing at a 3" gulp waving in front of them). Based on experience and observation.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:50 PM
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reports of spanish macks in the surf (up nawth)


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Old 08-16-2018, 02:25 PM
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Moco Outfront west wind with thigh high swell that was kept flat and textured by the 10 to15mph wind. The water was warm and as clear as I've ever hoped for! Small rain fish being chased by snappers of several sizes. I was using the 3/4 ounce hopkins shorty and plastic eyed clouser as teaser. I caught just under a dozen shorts and on every cast that I didn't catch a flat one the snappers tore up the teaser. Several large sea robins were caught and released also. I was struck by the good idea fairy and went back to the car for a longer salmon rod and float rig. I put a loop at the bottom of the float rig and attached the torn up teaser. Caught a 8 inch snapper removed him and the teaser and then added to the loop a 4/0 Octopus hook. Gave the whole mess a toss and watched the float slowly get towed through the trough to deeper water. The float disappeared I counted to 3 and set the hook. Caught the largest sea robin of the day. Did a repeat same thing happened but after a longer wait. I hooked a very large flat one that was five feet from the sand before he spit the hook.
Lesson learned today: Count to six and use a bigger hook when fishing for big flat fish!

Here is a sea robin swallowing a snapper.

by the way, if you subscribe to the fisherman: they have a "sea robin" category in their "dream boat" contest
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reports from Seaside area say lots of med sized blues and Spanish Mackeral in the surf; anyone confirm this from other areas?
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Question:
Is there a better time of day or tide phase to try to participate in this unconfirmed activity? I can get out of work for an afternoon easier than a dawn run.
And...
Albies should showing soon, no? I've only encountered them outside Brielle on a boat and wouldn't mind trying somewhere around the Barnegat Inlet from shore. Any thoughts to offer?
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:03 PM
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Moco Ourfront just at the high tide in the afternoon No luck......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u8KUgUqprw
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:25 PM
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the sea was angry that day, my friends ...
... a hole in one.


one of my fav episodes
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the sea was angry that day, my friends ...
... a hole in one.


one of my fav episodes

Yes, mine too. It's right up there with "I was in the pool, I was in the pool"
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not that there's anything wrong with that.......
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Finally out to my favorite spot, the fluke were waiting for me. 14 shorts on gulp and one of my grass shrimp teasers, only one worth measuring at 17?.
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:25 AM
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All is well!!!
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:48 PM
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Moco lunch time to 3PM Outfront East wind choppy surface with right to left breakers that were waist to chest high.No hammered spoon today as I couldn't keep 3/4 ounce on the bottom with the current. I walked a mile stretch using the high low rig and casting gear. No luck with the teaser and plastic. I made it to killer B country and the snappers were everywhere. I switched out to a sliding float and 1/8 oz kastmaster caught a snapper and switched out hooks and leader quickly while he was still lively. Gave it a toss and followed the float... until it went under and I captured a nice twenty incher. I continued to get hooked up the same way and lost a few more. At one point only the snapper head was left and I began to catch half a dozen shorts on that before heading back. Here's the fish and how I carry the rigs for a quick switch.
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