Vision Sand Eel

Date: 12/1/18

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: New Jersey Beachfront

Tide and Weather: Dead High 2:05 pm, Partly Cloudy Skies, Air Temperature 44, Water Temperature 48, Light NNE Wind and Small Surf, Moon: 41 %, Pressure 30.15 and Stable 

Catch: Sometimes you get what you ask for. I started this trip mumbling to myself, "All I want is one fish." That's what I got. A small, healthy striped bass that shot off when I put him back. The body shape of a striper is beautiful. This fish was handsome and full.

I started south of the stretch I usually fish. For three hours I fished and walked, and fished and walked, and fished and walked, north. I worked through one shore town and into the next.

Then I noticed three surfcasters a few beaches north. They were on top of each other and focussed. This meant fish. When I reached them, they welcomed me to get in on the action. I gave them a wide berth and started casting. I eventually had a solid grab and landed one. After fishing a bit more, I looked up and noticed they left. The bite had clearly slowed. I caught the tail end of it, but I'm so glad I did.           

Date: 12/17/17

Time: 1:30 - 3:15 pm

Location: New Jersey Beachfront

Tide and Weather: Dead Low 12:38 pm, Partly Cloudy, Air Temperature 39, Water Temperature 48, Light ENE Wind, Moon 1% Visible

Catch: Thanks to tips from my friend Jeff, I managed 3 short striped bass. With dead low at 12:38 pm, there was hardly any water on the inside. I ended up crawling out on the jetty tip and throwing back at the beach, fishing the hole and rip on the south side of the rocks. The fish ate a Vision Eel, a simple teaser I tied, and a Red Gill teaser. Two fish were part of a doubleheader. The other fish took the Red Gill. That fish came off when I grabbed the leader. I also saw some surface activity, but it only lasted about 10 seconds.