November 23, 2020 - 09:44:21
Lots of anglers got out to the TI reef for sea bass fishing this week according to reports from Avalon Hodge Podge. The fishing was good with just enough fish over 13 inches for anglers to take home near limits. There were also a few tog caught with the largest one hitting the scale at just over 5 pounds. Behind the barrier island, lots of resident stripers are on the feed taking both hard and soft plastics from the bulkheads, bridges and sod banks. Nothing huge, but the occasional bonus slot fish for the persistent angler is possible.
November 16, 2020 - 09:24:46
Despite the weather this week, many anglers got out to fish the wrecks and reefs for sea bass according to reports from Avalon Hodge Podge. The TI reef was where most of the action was with a few limits of sea bass reported along with some small blues and triggerfish. The Avalon Jetty gave up some nice tog to 5 pounds while other anglers found lots of small stripers taking bunker chunks.
November 09, 2020 - 10:04:51
This was a great week to get out on the local wrecks and reefs for some mixed bottom fish action according to sources at Avalon Hodge Podge. The Townsend Inlet Reef gave up a nice mix of sea bass limits and triggerfish. The near shore wrecks also saw some triggerfish and some larger tog being caught. Closer to the shop, anglers are finding small stripers in the back bays of Avalon while a few larger fish have come from the 8th Street Jetty on bunker chunks.
November 02, 2020 - 15:50:50
The 8th Street jetty was giving up both tog and stripers according to the folks at Avalon Hodge Podge. The stripers were being caught on hard plastics, soft plastics and even poppers when schools of fish were attacking rainfish just below the surface. Many of these fish were under 20 inches, but one angler reports a school of fish busting on bait and taking poppers that were cookie cutter 30-inch fish. Tog anglers found a lot of action but mostly on undersized fish. The occasional keeper was caught, and tipped the scales at 5 pounds, but this was the exception, not the rule, as many anglers reported going home fishless.
October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02
Not the best weather week according to Avalon Hodge Podge, but still plenty of boats got out to the Townsend Inlet Reef for sea bass fishing. We heard mixed results with some anglers reporting limits of fish to 18- inches while others only found hundreds of short fish. Closer to the shop, the 8th Street Jetty saw some striper, bluefish and tog action this week. The stripers were found at night on SP Minnows or Bomber lures at the top of the tide even with the waves cresting the top of the jetty. During the day, anglers fishing cut bunker or mullet rigs found blues in the 10- to 15-inch range. Tog fishing was also very good with anglers finding fish to 16 inches on green crabs with the top of the tide and the bottom of the tide productive.
October 12, 2020 - 10:32:33
The crew at Avalon Hodge Podge said there were some redfish in on the beach, schoolie bass here and there and cocktail blues too. The reds are taking mullet and plastics, same as with those school stripers. There were birds working out front on Sunday morning with reports of a few weakfish plucked out of the melee for those tossing jigs.
October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21
David from Avalon Hodge Podge says the matter of the chatter is the daytime 1500- to 1600-foot demolition swordfish explosion in the Wilmington Canyon. The Baitmasters Squid lights the wick. Swords topping at 250 pounds are being decked. Those trolling ballyhoo are busting yellowfin from 50 to 70 pounds.
October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11
Seems like everyone went out sea bass fishing this past week according to Avalon Hodge Podge. With much anticipation the sea bass season reopened and it did not disappoint. Boat after boat reported limit catches with fish to 4 pounds caught on clam baits. Those who didnt go offshore found that the Great Egg bridges were holding some nice weakfish and stripers. Both were being caught on leadheads with pink, white or chartreuse Gulp trailers. Most of the stripers were shorts, but one stretched the tape out to 33 inches. The weakfish were all nice sized but there were not nearly as many of them as in prior weeks. Again, low light conditions between dusk and dawn were the most productive hours to fish.
October 05, 2020 - 10:05:48
The folks at Avalon Hodge Podge reported that in addition to good weakfish and striper fishing from the back bay sod banks and inlet jetty, they received their first report of speckled trout in the area this week. The specks are taking the same soft plastic baits that the stripers and weakfish are hitting on. Mostly leadheads with pink or white Fin-S, and there are also plenty of snapper blues around turning those baits into tailless hunks of useless plastic.
October 05, 2020 - 10:05:48
David from Avalon Hodge Podge directed all those interested in mahi to the Sea Isle Ridge, where delicious dorado to 10 pounds are crushing Clark spoons, feathers and cedar plugs. The Sea Isle Lump is also alive with same size mahi and light tackle trashing false albies to 13 pounds. Whole squid are seducing Wilmington Canyon swordfish, with the canyon also yielding yellowfin to 70 pounds and bigeye to 250 pounds. Its that time, he quipped.
September 28, 2020 - 10:02:06
The jetty rocks in Avalon are holding plenty of tautog according to the folks Avalon Hodge Podge in Avalon. Try dunking cut green crabs or Asian crabs for a strike.
September 28, 2020 - 10:00:57
David from Avalon Hodge Podge reported that decent numbers of mixed size mahi were being trolled on Clark spoons and feathers at the Sea Isle Ridge and in the area of the Deepwater Reef. The mahi were topping at 10 pounds in the former location and four-plus pounds in the latter. Tuna action slowed a lot, he added.
September 28, 2020 - 09:59:48
Avalon Hodge Podge customers report that with all the bait piling up in the back bays, the weakfishing has really turned on in the final days of September. Some anglers are cast netting peanut bunker and livelining them off the local bridges and back bay docks at night. They are finding some really nice fish in the 20- to 22-inch size range. Other anglers are strictly fishing artificials with 3/8-ounce leadheads tipped with pink Zooms being the hot bait. Anglers are also picking up some schoolie stripers using the pink Zooms or live peanuts with most fish reported to be under 26 inches.
September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08
Fresh mullet is in stock at the Avalon Hodge Podge in Avalon. Be sure to stop in and load up with the baits and try for blues or bass in the area.
September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00
The 30 Line was hot. We had 14 yellowfin to 65-pounds and also a 65-pound wahoo, shared Brandon from Avalon Hodge Podge, noting that the spreader bars were also blasted my various size mahi. This coming week? We have customers planning to go out, so well see, he said.
September 21, 2020 - 09:29:52
Tammy with Avalon Hodge Podge reports that the back bay is loaded with peanut bunker and mullet, but they are schooling up and moving closer to the inlet every week. The strong winds may have put a pause to their migration this week, but they are schooled up tight and being harassed by snapper blues and schoolie stripers especially along the points and cuts of the sod banks. Here, topwater poppers are taking both the blues and stripers with slack high tide being your best shot at landing some fish. The blues are in the 1-pound range while the stripers are in the 18- to 22-inch range with the occasional slot fish thrown in for something to take home for dinner (with a bonus tag). A couple boaters managed to fish the inshore fish pots this week and found that the mahi action continued to be good even after the water cooled down a couple degrees. Live peanut bunker got the mahi all lit up and Ben weighed in an 11-pounder which stretched the tape measurer to 32 inches.