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# 59102: Subject: Rattlesnake & New Grounds, New Jersey

Submitted by Andrew Sokol (ip

  • Fished on 2/21/2012

  • Report received: 2/21/2012

Water Temperature: 45-46
Water Clarity: Good
Seas: 1-3' early building to 2-4' with the occasional 5'.
Weather: Mostly sunny with high clouds early with building cloud cover by mid afternoon. SSE 10-12 in the morning turning S to 20+ by afternoon. Air temps in the 40's.
Fishing_for: Blackfish
Boat: Fins On Feathers
captain: Frank Tenore

After close to a 2 month layoff, I made my first trip of 2012 today aboard the Fins On Feathers out of Leonardo State Marine. The captain had some intel of a good inshore blackfish bite with the water temperatures still holding in the mid 40's-so that was our targeted species.After dropping anchor at our first spot, we all baited up and dropped down. Action was painfully slow with just a short blackfish, a small ling, a baby pollock (caught by yours truly) and a few bergals being caught. Second at first appeared to bhe the place we wanted to be as we had steady action for the first 20 minutes with blackfish,albeit all shorts. However that bite soon died off. Although the seas were not bad (1-3' with a building south wind at that point), I was fighting the remants of a headcold from this past weekend and the seas started to get to me. Seas soon built to 2-4' and I was done for the day. I've been out in worse and it didn't bother me, it just happened to catch me on a bad day. Third drop yielded are only 2 keeper blackfish (in addition to a few more shorts). Last drop of the day was in deeper water which produced a pick of ling including a stud of probably over #4. In addition to the above species, a short striped bass, a few spiny dogfish, an ocean pout and an oyster cracker were also caught. Speaking of striped bass, we did notice on several occasions ganets crashing on bait but they were well outside the 3 mile limit.

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