Trigger fish and Sheepshead have moved in and are being caught both inshore near the TI Bridge as well as off shore at the reef systems. Most are being caught using clam, green crabs or sand fleas. We weighed in the biggest Sheepshead I have personally seen at just over 9 pounds!
Fluke will be coming to a close Tuesday, September 27th But there is still time to get out to the reef systems and stock up for the winter months. One the reefs you are generally in 40-60 ft of water therefore, you will need 6 oz. weights to get down to the bottom where they are without the tide taking your rig 1/4 mile away.. The slot limit seams to be working for most anglers this year. Live minnows, Berkley Gulp or strips of Mackerel are ALWAYS your best baits.
Bluefish are here and there throughout the bay and in the surf. These fish can be caught on just about anything however Mullet for bait or any fish shaped metal such as Hogy's Epoxy Jigs which have been working well.
The striped bass fishing is really best either early morning or after dark. They are in the bay however the surf has been productive in the morning. Most are being caught on Bloodworms, clam or bunker. While others can be caught using swimming lures both plastic and hard baits.
Black Sea Bass is now CLOSED until October 7th.
Tog is currently open however it is just 1 fish at 15 inches.
As these are one of the slowest growning fish in the sea, it is important that we give this species time to grow and produce more offspring so that we can enjoy fishing for them in the future.
Weakfish can still be found in the bay and can be caught on plastics however bloodworms will also work here.
WE ALSO HAVE LIVE SAND FLEAS BACK IN STOCK!
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