Started the new month pretty good. With no decent fishing reports from friends and with it being pretty windy I have been patiently waiting for nice day. This morning was perfect. Light winds around 5 mph and cloudy. No one could make it out with me this morning so I did a solo trip. Left the dock at 8:00 am with the tide coming in with high around 10:30 am. Went to the inlet as I haven't fished in the ocean for awhile. Water was 70.1 degrees with decent swells and the water was a dirty brown. Don't know it is from all the dredging they did or just the wind, wave and new moon tides. Got two small blues around 10 inches and a 17 inch striper. I tried in close to the beach to check out what the dredging did and along the rocks I got a small throwback fluke. Everything was caught on clousers fished on sinking line.
Decided to move to the back bay and fish the shallow flats. First spot I got 3 really nice fish. One just over the 24 inch slot and one just under with another on at 21 1/2 inches. (Released the slot fish as I really just fish for them for the fun) There the water was 70.4 degrees, I saw a fair amount of small baitfish and they were caught on green popping fly fished on floating line.
Next move was up a small creek. With the sun higher I switched over to a clouser and intermediate line and caught one eating size bluefish (kept him in the live well hoping to get another to make a dinner for two but ended up releasing him at the end of the trip. Also got 3 more small stripers in the teens.
I tried two more spots, but the sun was breaking through the clouds, the wind was picking up and the tide was about dead high and well up over the sod banks in the back. Not getting any more hits and not wanting to wait for the tide to change, I headed back to the dock at noon. Overall it was a good start to the month and I had some fun.