Kingfish have arrived!
With the recent heat wave calming down, it is safe to say that summer arrived. June has been an awesome month for fishing so far with the action only heating up. The beach has come to life over the past weekend. Reports of decent kingfish in really good numbers continue to pour in. Surfcasters are even catching a few nice weakfish mixed in with the kings. The hot bait has been bloodworms as the water temps hang in the low to mid 60’s. Look for Fishbites to start producing when the ocean water temps eclipse 65 degrees. The middle of OC, beaches from 15th to 34th street have been the most consistent for the kingfish.
We are hearing daily reports of great fluke fishing in the bay and even out on the reefs! I know it’s a little early, but boats prospecting on the reefs for fluke have been pulling limits. Rick Martin from Ocean City was rewarded with a five and a half pound fluke while bouncing a bucktail on the Atlantic City reef last week. Also, Bob Pelikoski, a regular at the shop, had a banner day in the bay with two fluke taking the scale at three and a half pounds and a third pushing over four pounds. It seems these larger fluke are making a push for the ocean reefs so now is the time to get them while you can in the creeks and channels! As usual Berkley Gulp! baits, mackerel strips and minnows have produced the most bites. This year has been far different than the disappointing 2016 season, a lot more keeper fluke. Now is the time and get out and fish before the water warms up too much and the crowds move in!
Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners
For the past three years Fin-atics has sponsored a FREE Fluke Derby for our customers to participate in for the summer season. It is a friendly competition that we encourage everyone to enter. All we require is to sign up each season and provide us with valid contact information. All winners are notified via email and below you will find this years results.
1st Place – Ken Ruckle (25-1/2″ – 5.34lbs)
2nd Place – Brian Schuler (24″ – 4.95lbs)
3rd Place – Mike Gardner (24-1/2″ – 4.64lbs)
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.02lbs)
3rd Place – Ken Ruckle (24-1/2″ – 5.56lbs)
1st Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
3rd Place – Phil Degliomini (25-3/4″ – 6.11lbs)
Tournament Overall Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
3rd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
Congratulations to our Fluke Derby winners for 2015, we look forward to next seasons tournament.
Are you searching for a new pair of waders? Maybe yours don’t fit, are leaking at the seams, or aren’t keeping you warm enough. Or maybe you don’t even have a pair yet. Regardless, here are some things you should consider when buying waders:
- What are you going to use the waders for?
Are you buying the waders just for fishing or do you plan to wear them when you hunt ducks and geese? If you fish more than you hunt, then the type, thickness and color of the wader should be considered when compared with the type of fishing you normally do. The same is true if you hunt more days than you fish.
- What water temperatures will you be fishing in?
Colder temperatures mean thicker and insulated waders to keep you warm, which generally cost more.
- What kind of material should You choose?
There are several different types of materials that you can select from when choosing your waders. This is the time that you really want to consider what you will be using the waders for and how often.
- Neoprene is probably the most popular wader material and for many good reasons. It is very durable and you get to chooses the thickness. In colder temperatures, thicker waders are recommended.
- There are also breathable waders that are constructed from a permeable membrane such as Gore-Tex®, which allows moisture to escape through the wader even while in the water. They are versatile and can be used in both summer and winter months.
- Canvas waders are another choice. Although you lose more flexibility and they are heavier, the less expensive price can make them good for beginners.
- Nylon waders are also great choice for beginner fly fishermen. They’re a slight step up from the rubber waders that most beginners start out with, are lightweight, and will keep you dry and warm. One disadvantage of nylon waders is that they can be hot, and because they are not breathable, it can cause a problem in the colder months when sweat builds up causing the fisherman’s clothes to become damp or wet. Not only will this cause discomfort, it could lead to hypothermia if the angler should become too cold.
A wading belt is always recommended.
If your waders do not fit right not only will you be uncomfortable, but also you will find that you will tire much easier, which could lead to a potential wading mishap. Improper fitting waders can also restrict your range of motion while climbing over rocks or getting in and out of a boat, all of which could also contribute to a wading mishap or fall that could cause personal or equipment damage. If you’re ordering online, email the owner of the site and give them your height, weight and shoe size and they should be able to fit you that way. If you purchase from a fly shop or sporting goods store, take the time to try them on. Do a couple of knee bends and walk around a little bit. See if you can put a foot up on a stool. This way you will know for sure that they are the right fit.
Fin-atics offers waders and accessories both online and in store as well as anything else for your fishing needs.
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