A Sad Week In The Fishing Community

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A Sad Week In The Fishing Community

No shop news, but some sad news for the local fishing community:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Kenny, the beloved owner of Pells Bait and Tackle. Kenny was not just a respected business owner but also a cherished member of our fishing community. His passion, dedication, and friendship touched many lives, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Kenny.

As far as the fishing goes, we are starting to slide into more of a summer pattern.  We are seeing more fluke in the surf.  They are falling for bucktails and Gulp!.  There are still some nice bass around in the surf also, and they are still eating clams.  Anglers throwing poppers in the surf are also finding the occasional bluefish.  I would say the black drum have finally left, but then a couple of anglers will get a few this weekend and the drum will make liars of us for a third time. So while none have been caught recently (that we know of), there might still be a chance at one. 

In the bay, there have been lots of smaller bluefish.  No specific hotspots, as the wolfpacks seem to move around.  The fluke fishing in the bay has been good in all the usual spots. 

We are also starting to get reports of crabs being caught at the local docks on the bayside.  

And, straight from the rumor mill, if you are one of the anglers who enjoys chasing houndfish, we have heard of some caught in the bay.  No photo proof unfortunately.  

Here are some notable catches:

Our cover shot:  Shell E with a beautiful 23 inch, 3.90 pound fluke he caught from shore.

Lou Defonteny up to it again. He came in with a pair of Fluke up to 3.75 pounds caught on Gulp! from the surf.

From work to the fishing grounds, our very own Scott is on a roll! He caught fluke up to 2.95 pounds on a Magictail Hoochie and Gulp! from his kayak in the bay. 

@troy_tomitz55 found some action today! Here’s a beautiful bass he caught on a Jerk Shad fishing the surf.

It’s a sad week for the fishing community.  We are going to leave Ray (and everyone else who regularly shows up in the paragraph) alone for this one.  Check back on Monday for our regular fishing report antics.