Tight Lines Fishing Report 5/22/2022
⁃ There was a lot of fog to contend with this week along with non-optimal winds, and inaccurate weather forecasts… but the anglers that stuck it out did well. Friday and Saturday was fantastic fishing.
⁃ Fish are now being caught on both sides of the tide, not just the outgoing like it has been.
⁃ Water temperature changes continue to be an issue as it’s been running colder than normal for a few weeks now. It’s also been fluctuating a bit and dead pods of bunker floating on the surface were seen.
⁃ Getting to the good news, a lot of fish are being caught. Big fish.
⁃ Fluke up to 26” and 7lbs have been through the shop for official weigh in. All bay fish. Daily catches of 22” 4lb range. Lots of boat limits. Get out there and find clean water. 10-18ft. Fresh bait is high hook with minnows in fist place, then mackerel. Gulp is producing but not at the same rate.
⁃ Out in the ocean, seabass has been solid with most boats limiting out in a short amount of time once you locate them. There were even a few keeper fluke reported from a reef not too far from shore while targeting seabass. Fresh clam is the ticket.
⁃ Offshore: no tuna to report of as of now. Tilefish were thick and keeping anglers happy but it’s been tough to get out that far with the weather.
⁃ Weakfish: nighttime on the jetties or back along the ICW for daytime. Slow picking. Pink soft plastics around the turn of the tide.
⁃ Bluefish: had been holding around the bridges and near the inlet, good size, but no reports in the last few days. Hitting bunker, mackerel, and soft plastics.
⁃ Striper: striper action has been fantastic. Daytime catches from the surf in the slot and over on fresh bait. Inlets and the beach producing equally for those wanting to stay in the sand. No striper reports from up the rivers lately but that’s probably because boat guys have been targeting flounder. Focus on the high tide turn. Nighttime bite has been red hot. Pick a pier or a jetty and make sure your tackle can support the fight. Eels and eel imitation soft plastics like the Slug-Go are high hook at night. Bone and white during the day.
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