2001

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April 18 - The pier is now open!!!!  Although the weather has been a bit cold and cloudy, the first bluefish are starting to show up. There has also been a few flounder and some shad to keep you busy!  Richard says he'll be open every day now and expects to see more fish as the water temperature rises.

April  23  -  The Pier  reports small "spike" trout taken on Got-cha Plugs. J.J. also reported some good bluefish action last Wednesday, with sporadic catches during the rest of the week. There were some reports of shad releases, a couple "throw-back" flounder, and one big striper that got away! The striper was hooked on Friday during the day, and other anglers that saw the fight said the fish was probably at least 40 inches. The fish was lost when the anglers tried to net the fish. The hook got tangled in the netting and finally, after a 45-minute fight, the fish released itself! The man was using a rental rod and had a frozen shiner on for bait.

April  30 - The Pier reported trout in the small to 20-inch range this past week. There were also blues, shad, and small stripers. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights saw more keeper trout for anglers using Got-cha Plugs. The stripers were in the 20 to 25 inch-range; the blues were in the 16 to 17 inch range.

May  7  -  The Pier reported a couple "keeper" flounder this week, a surprising number of blowfish, and lots of shad at night. There were a few bluefish mixed in.  J.J. expounds that the tides for night fishing were "off" last week but should be "right on" this week. Anglers should expect to catch trout and bluefish along with the shad.

May   13  -  The sea trout really turned on this week from the Pier. Smaller trout were biting good Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The pier had a fantastic night on Thursday night with catches up to 28 inches. On Friday night, the fish ran on the small to average size until 11 P.M. and then the big boys came out! They had 3 trout 30 inches and over! Got-cha Plugs were the ticket from the pier. On Friday night they had 2 flounder over 20 inches on Got-cha Plugs as well. By day the Oceanic Pier has had some trout, a few blues and shad, lots of blowfish, and a few flounder along with the usual skates.

May  21  -  The Pier reported several "keeper" flounder this past week for anglers fishing during the day. The evenings produced catches of shad and blues along with a few nice trout and some "short" stripers. At least one keeper striper was caught.

May  28  -  The Pier reported a few good-sized flounder during the day. There were loads of shad "catch and releases" both during the day and night time. Some blues were caught during the day as well with minnows, shiners, spec-rigs and Got-cha Plugs. The main action was at night. Friday night and Saturday night saw a good amount of trout and blues according to J.J. The trout were running anywhere from small to 20 inches. Got-cha Plugs proved to be the most versatile lure on the Pier.

June  11-  The Pier reports fair fishing on trout this week. It was not a fantastic run like in previous weeks, but most anglers at night come away with 3 to 5 "keepers" on the incoming tide after dark. Saturday night saw mostly shad and blues, but there was lots of action. The Pier also saw a little more flounder action this week. One happy little 5 year old angler caught a 17-inch flounder. Large schools of spot were seen swimming past the pier under the lights this week, so we should soon see spot in the bay.

June  18  -  J.J. reports that the flounder picked up in numbers this week but the amount of "keepers" were few. There were lots of blues and shad during the late night tides this week on the pier, but trout fishing was slow. This was mainly due to the tides. This week the tides should be in our favor and night fishing for trout should be better.

June 25  -  J.J. reported good trout fishing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Anglers were using Got-cha Plugs for the best results. The white body with the red head was doing best. Flounder fishing also improved this week though there still weren't many keepers.

July 2-  The Pier reported a slow week of night fishing, mainly due to the tides being "off". They expect a better week this week, as the incoming tide will occur after dark. They had a few blues and a few trout at night. By day they had a couple decent sized flounder, numerous flounder releases, sea bass, skates, and a couple spot.

July  9  -  The Pier reported many keeper flounder this week .... four or five almost every day. Shiners and squid are working best there. Trout fishing picked up on the pier Saturday and Sunday nights,and there was non-stop action with the blues on Tuesday night. There were also a couple Spanish mackerel caught on Got-cha Plugs. 

July  16  -  The Pier reported slower trout fishing this week. There were some decent nights on the trout and blues, but it was sporadic and not predictable. There was one angel shark reported and a couple short stripers. The tides for good trout fishing at night should start about Wednesday. There were more flounder caught this week, with 2 or 3 keepers reported every day. There were also some small sea bass for the kids to catch and release.

July  23 -  The Pier reports many small flounder. The end of the week saw some sea trout but they were not running very large. They caught  a few bluefish. on Tuesday; and Wednesday saw a very good run of croakers on bloodworms, squid strips, and shiners. No spot were reported there this week. Sea bass were running but they were all small.

July  30  -  The Pier reported sea trout up to 20 inches Friday and Saturday nights on Got-cha Plugs. During the days there were flounder releases, a lot of small sea bass, and plentiful amount of croaker in the 10-12 inch range. There was also some spot.

August  6  -  The Pier reports lots of croaker, although they have been very unpredictable. It can be hot and heavy for � an hour to 45 minutes on any tide, and then quit again! There have been lots of other fish as well. Spot, sea bass, and nice flounder have been biting by day. At night, small snapper blues and decent sized sea trout have been biting on spec rigs and Got-cha Plugs.

August  13  - The Pier reports some really good trout fishing this weekend. It was the best fishing J. J. has seen for a while. The trout were running up to 19 inches and were hitting Got-cha Plugs, and spec rigs. There were some nice flounder caught during the week, along with numerous throwbacks, plus some very good croaker runs. There have also been a lot of snapper blues but they are very small, in the 8 to 10 inch range and quite a few spot. J.J. adds that the rockfish at the inlet have really turned on this week for anglers using live eels.

August  20  -  Flounder fishing picked up this week. Tommy Jones, fishing the Oceanic Pier last Wednesday caught and released over 40 flounder. He lost a couple keepers at the surface and weighed in one 17-� incher that went 2 pounds 15 ounces. J. J. expounds that anglers have been doing well with the flounder on the pier, though only one in 20 is a "keeper." Anglers are having fun catching flounder, croaker, snapper blues, sea bass and spot during the day. Night fishing has seen some really nice catches of sea trout and small snapper blues.  The trout have been taking Got-cha Plugs.  Striper fishing using live eels has really been heating up at the inlet.  J.J. himself reported casting a live eel into the inlet from the Sea Wall behind the pier last week and catching a 42 and a 33-inch striper. 

August  27  -  J.J. reports lots of little blowfish and sea bass biting on bloodworms and squid this weekend. They had a 3-hour run on the croakers Saturday night. There have also been plenty of throwback flounder with some nice keepers mixed in. Some trout have been biting at night, up to 20 inches. He also notes that inlet fishing has been good on stripers for anglers using live eels.

September  3  -  J.J. reports some nice flounder mixed in with numerous throw-backs, lots of little sea bass and snapper blues, and some blowfish and croaker during the day. At night, anglers are catching trout and snapper blues with spec rigs and Got-cha Plugs.

September  10 -  The Pier reports decent flounder fishing by day and good trout fishing at night. The � ounce yellow and white spec rigs have been working best there. Second best lure is the Got-cha Plug.

September  17 -  Richard reports decent trout fishing before the wind starting blowing last week. Anglers reported good fishing for trout and blues on Sunday night using spec rigs.  Also several anglers later in the week reported catching flounder on Got-cha Plugs at night from the Pier.

September  24  -  The Pier reported better trout fishing later in the week when the water started to clear up.  Trout were biting spec rigs and Got-cha Plugs. There were some really nice flounder caught there this week as well, along with some snapper blues and small sea bass.

October  1 -  The Pier was just starting to see some sea trout and good flounder fishing when the bad weather put a crimp on their weekend. The wind, the abnormally high tides, and the rain brought fishing to a halt.  However, the weather is mellowing out again, and the water should start clearing up by Wednesday.  We're expecting good trout fishing by next weekend!

October  8  -  Richard reports slow fishing this week because of the weather. He did have a few anglers catching several nice tautog from the pier. He also reported that some nice stripers were taken from the sea wall behind the pier just before the "blow" this past weekend.

October 15  -  Richard reports a lot of tautog from the pier during the day along with a few flounder; however, the trout fishing has been slow for some reason.

October  22  - The Pier is still one of your best bets for flounder in the bay.  Tog fishing from the pier also remains one of the few staples in the bay this week!

        

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