With the closing of flounder and sea bass fishing, we are asked constantly, "What is there to fish for now?"
Our jetty action has been hot and heavy. Between the Brigantine and Atlantic City jetties, you can hook up with just about any of our inshore fish. I have seen tog, kingfish, weakies, sea bass, flounder, blues and triggers all caught within the last week. I believe tog fishing is some of the most exciting fishing around, and the power these guys produce is amazing.
Safety is the key when you are out on the rocks, and I never go without my pair of Korkers, which are plastic cleats with carbide spikes on the bottom that go over your shoes.
Pack plenty of rigs, as there are days where I have lost as many as 10, and at least a dozen green crabs per hour of fishing. You can catch triggerfish in the same areas as tog fish, but you might want to switch up to a smaller hook. They will take green crabs, squid and clams.
There has been a few stripers being caught in the bay. The most popular way is to anchor up, create a chum slick with clams, and tie on a fish finder rig. I prefer to cast out small jigs and poppers along the sod banks. There is nothing like having a bass or bluefish explode on a popper in shallow water.
Dan White was killing time, so he decided to tie on a bucktail with an Uncle Josh Pork Rind. He hooked up with his largest weakie as soon as he started jigging. There are plenty of fish around; you just have to be prepared and well stocked to have some options.
We have Atlantic County Surf Fishing Derby passes for sale. This tournament runs Sept. 25-Dec. 3. The top three fish of striped bass, bluefish, tautog and kingfish will walk away with cash. There is a youth award for the largest fish caught by a angler 16 years or younger.
One of the cool things about this tournament is that it gives you access to ride the beaches from Atlantic City down to Longport for $25. In Brigantine you still need a valid four-wheel-drive permit.
Bayside is stocked with large minnows, fresh-cut squid, green crabs and all offshore goodies. Have a great week.