Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bunker Dunking

When: Sunday, May 18th, from 6am to 1pm
What: Striper fishing with Joe C. aboard the "Tunacious"
Weather: Clear skies, warm with a slight breeze. High of 64, mostly sunny, wind calm to NW at 6mph.
Barometric Pressure: 30.19in to 30.20in.
Relative Humidity: 40% at mid-day. 
Sunrise: 5:39am
Sunset: 8:07pm
Moon: Waning, 3 days before the last quarter. Set 9:25am.
Water Conditions: Good clarity, temp 54 degrees. Low tide 8:54am. High tide 2:32pm.

Not to be dissuaded by an early morning wake-up and long day on the water on Saturday, I accepted an offer from Joe to go dunk some bunker off of IBSP on the Tunacious on Sunday.

We had both been following reports, and although striper fishing is going off in Northern New Jersey, the migratory fish have still yet to show-up in the Southern part of the state. We knew there were hoards of moss bunker around and apparently some huge schools of bluefish, but we weren't sure if we were going to run into any stripers. With all the bait around, it's a matter of time before the bass show up en force and we thought this might be the day.

It wasn't.

Not only that, but the massive schools of bluefish that had pretty much overtaken the posting on Facebook did not seem to be where we were fishing.

Still, I had a blast.

The fact is, that after having spent a few too many years chasing catfish, carp and muskies, I hadn't snagged a bunker in probably 25 years. Yeah, it's been awhile.

We had no trouble making bait, but as we live-lined the freshly caught menhaden, nothing wanted to eat them.

I did stave off the skunk for us though when a small bluefish decided that the snag hook looked like a tasty meal.

I guess it's a catch.

Anyway, Joe and I did our best, but there were just no bass around.

And apparently no bluefish.

Any day the fish will arrive, and hopefully we will be there.

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