June Fishing Sessions: 06/30 - Fishing the Absecon Inlet Jetty for Black Sea Bass and Bergall (Atlantic City, NJ)
Posted by Leo Sheng at 7:41 PM
Hello, Blog Readers!
Today I am bringing you my fishing session for June 30th:
--- June 30th, 2015 ---
Location: Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City, NJ)
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
-- 7 Bergall (Tautogolabrus adspersus)
-- 9 Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata)
-- 1 Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)
Below are the highlights for this fishing session:
This video is divided in two parts: (1) Introduction (0:00-0:55); and (2) Fishing (0:56-6:20). Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing.
Additionally, here is a video that I took of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab:
"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" An ancient Atlantic Horseshoe Crab from the Absecon Inlet! They are quite abundant in NJ and despite what most people think, they are quite docile. :)
Since I went down to the shore with my family, the goal for the day was to catch anything edible and legal to take! We were mainly targeting Clearnose Skate (Raja eglanteria) and Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus).
I used two rods for this fishing session. The first setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The second setup was a heavy action Daiwa Samurai rod + reel with 20lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Both rods were rigged with a traditional saltwater "high-low" rig, which can be purchased at any tackle shop. Throughout the course of the day, we used bloodworms and salted clams as bait.
Tuesdays are usually my "family time" days, since both my sister and my brother-in-law are off from their jobs. So, we usually take my mom and my nephew and we go to "far away lands."Of course we don't always fish on Tuesdays; however, sometimes (actually, most of the times), I play my trick and I sneak out for some fishing! Hah. Thus, I guess you folks got the gist of it: every time my family goes down to Atlantic City for the boardwalk, the casinos, etc; my brother-in-law and I usually go for the jetties and the bay! Since my father was still around, he tagged along as well.
As mentioned previously, the goal for the day was really for us to catch something for dinner. I seldom take fish home to eat; however, my family is big on fish consumption. Therefore, our goal was to catch a couple Skates and Croakers.
Unfortunately, things turned out very differently. There was an abundance of small Black Sea Bass around and very little Atlantic Croaker. My brother-in-law managed to land a few Croaker, thankfully. On the other hand, my father and I ended up only with Black Sea Bass and Bergall. No Clearnose Skates either...
And, of course, there was the Horseshoe Crab. Hah. Pretty neat catch, if you ask me! Every Summer I catch at least one from the jetties.
Below are the photos for this fishing session:
The Horseshoe Crab in "protective mode." Or, if you prefer, a Kabuto doing Harden. Lol.
Despite what people think, the Horseshoe Crab's tail is inoffensive. The tail's purpose is to actually help it flip itself. It may look intimidating, folks, but the photo above only portrays a creature full of fear [of the Asian giant].
A nice scenic view of the jetty at the Absecon Inlet. There are a few jetties around the inlet. Personally, I prefer the one closest to the gazebo.
One of the many Black Sea Bass of the day! Little nuisances due to their small sizes, but still a joy for a Multi-Species angler. :)
Best of luck to all of us,
Long Days and Pleasant Nights,