Fished from 1pm - 9pm out of the Manasquan Inlet on Thursday 6/2. Bait was everywhere just a mile north of the Inlet off the Spring Lake Beaches. Big Bait Balls consisting of Bunker, Herring and Rain Fish were right outside the surf line. We filled the live well with Bunker and Herring in no time and began live lining the live bait. Problem was it was difficult to get through the Blue Fish which I lost count of how many we caught. saw a number of very large bass caught in the high 20lb and maybe 30lb class fish. we just coouldnt get to them though. Saw a pod of porpoises herding the bait fish right outside the breakers. Water was clean full of life and temps around 59 degrees. Tide was coming in hard at 1pm when we left. Action significantly slowed by 6:30 or 7pm. All in all was agreat day. Nice to be out on the water.
Candy Man, not sure of the species of herring, but they were very large the ones we snagged were around 15"-20" never saw herring that big.
Jusgetondahook, if you could cast at least 50yrds. you could easily snag the bunker we were practically in the wash when we were snagging the bunker had to keep someone at the wheel to keep us from ending up on the beach. The bait fish action was outta hand. Saw some surf fishermen looked like they were pulling in bluefish. We were very close to the Spring Lake hotel fishing in between the jetties. Good luck out there guys it can only get better. Will be out next Thursday or Friday depending on weather and work schedule will post a report.
I saw some kids on the railroad bridge catching them last year. A buddy of mine keeps his boat up in manasqan. Nice area caught my first blue fin tuna at the monster ledge on one of my fluking poles. What a fight that was. Alas it was short and had to release.