Sea Bass Season Has Started
Sunday was the first day of sea bass season which will last until December thirty-first. there is decent flounder ad sea bass action off shore on the wrecks and reef sites. Charters went out on Sunday and loaded up for the first day of the season. Not too many were skunked and a lot of keeper flounder in the mix. Triggers and sheepshead are still hitting out there as well. The creel size for black sea bass is 12½ inches, (tip of snout/jaw (mouth shut) to farthest extremity of tail, not including tail filament). Anglers can keep fifteen fish per day. Black sea bass is some good eating, and fun to catch.
The other fun catch, but elusive has been false albacore. The boats offshore in Jersey are seeing huge schools of albies and bunker. The albies are eating the little anchovies. We are seeing albies near the point and the Indian River Inlet. They are tough to hook up, since they are eating small bait you want to use small lures or spoons. There are some bass on these bunkers schools up north but not as many as anglers would like to see. The fall run is starting up there with bass moving out of the back bays into the surf and Atlantic ocean. They are all feeding and some are going to join the migration, but the smaller resident fish will return to the back bays. They are just following the bait for now and feeding. Down here in Delaware, around the inland bays, we are still loaded with peanut bunker that bass are feeding on heavily. Bloodworms are the preferred bait if you are fishing the inland bays for striped bass right now. Otherwise use lures that mimic mullet or peanut bunker. It’s almost time to break out the white swim shads they like so much this time of year.
Tautog action at the walls in the Delaware Bay has been decent. A lot of throwbacks but some keepers in the mix. “I have thrown back a hundred fourteen and a half inch fish today!” I keep hearing that from a few buddies who have been out there almost daily. Sheepshead and trigger are still random catches at the walls and haystacks (ice breakers).
The surf has been an array of small bluefish, short striped bass, skates, and dogfish. Small black drum are still hitting on bloodworms. Mullet is working on rigs or as chunks on top and bottom rigs for bluefish. Bluefish chunks for that matter are working as well. Catch one on a spoon and chunk it up, cheap way to get bait. The albies are being seen from shore and in casting distance just very tough to hook up one. We will see how the week finishes out in this beautiful Summer-tober weather.