2005
After suffering through one of the worst winters I can ever remember, April started well despite the coldest water temperatures I have ever recorded on the first of April. The first fish of the season was a largemouth bass - the first time that has ever happened - and bode well for a strong largemouth bass total of some 31 specimens. This total was the highest in 10 years and was only 15 fish off the all-time record. As April turned into May, the weather turned ugly and we got into a lousy pattern of 50 degree days with plenty of rain and wind. May was a real dissapointment and kept the saltwater trips to a minimum. May ended with a rare Memorial Day nor'easter that signaled the end of the lousy weather. June started with a bang and by the time the spring came to a close, a respectable 202 fish had been logged. In the end, spring saw a record amount of pickerel with 31 individuals and a fair amount of mixed species.

The summer stretch was simply incredible weather wise. As dissapointing as May was, July through September made up for it with a stretch of simply beautiful weather. The fishing wasn't too shabby either. White perch and the venerable bluegill sunfish made up the bulk of the summer catch, accounting for over 40% of all species landed. In fact, this was a record year for white perch with a grand total of 104 of these feisty panfish making it into the log book. On the saltwater scene, striped bass remained strong all through the summer, setting another season-high record with 79 fish being accounted for. The highlight of the summer stripers was a 30.3" beauty caught on the bank of the South River that nearly went 13 pounds.

Another half-month excursion to Disney World decimated my fall run, but in the end the season totals were respectable with over 600 fish being logged and 60 trips being taken. Accounting for a total of 128.5 hours, 2005 ended with an excellent fish-per-hour ratio of 4.76, the third highest ever recorded.
The Numbers...
TOTAL FISH 612
Freshwater 502
Saltwater 110
TOTAL HOURS 128.5
Freshwater 84
Saltwater 44.5
TOTAL TRIPS 60
Freshwater 44
Saltwater 16
TOTAL SPECIES 19
Freshwater 11
Saltwater 8
FISH per hour RATIO 4.76
LARGEST FISH LANDED 30.3" Striped Bass (12 lbs. 11 oz.)
FIRST FISH LANDED 13.0" Largemouth Bass (1 lb. 4 oz.)
AVERAGE AIR TEMPERATURE 68.8°
AVERAGE WIND SPEED 12.3 MPH
The Extremes...
Total Skunkings 2
FPH over 7 Trips 12
FPH under 2 Trips 11
Largest Fish 12 lbs. 11 oz. (30.3")
Smallest Fish 1/4 oz. (3.5")
Hottest Air Temp 94°
Coldest Air Temp 45°
Hottest Water Temp 81°
Coldest Water Temp 36°
Calmest Day 2 mph
Windiest Day 22 mph

Records Set
Record 2005 Previous Record
Most Trips In A Season 60 47 (1995)
Most Freshwater Trips in a Season 44 21 (1995)
Most Freshwater Fish in a Season 502 368 (1995)
Most Eel 9 2 (1994)
Most Calico Bass 57 20 (1995)
Most Pickerel 32 4 (1992)
Most Pumpkinsd 50 32 (1995)
Most Strpd Bass 79 4 (1996)
Most Wht Perch 104 38 (1995)
Largest Eel 31.2" (1-14) 30.4" (1-10)
Largest Cunner 13.0" (1-7) 12.1" (1-1)
2005 Top Ten
Largest Fish Weight   Most Fish Quantity
No.1  Striped Bass 12 lbs. 11 oz.   No.1  Bluegill Sunfish 117
No.2  Wolffish 6 lbs. 6 oz.   No.2  White Perch 104
No.3  Spiny Dogfish 6 lbs. 1 oz.   No.3  Yellow Perch 101
No.4  Spiny Dogfish 5 lbs. 12 oz.   No.4  Striped Bass 79
No.5  Striped Bass 5 lbs. 7 oz.   No.5  Calico Bass 57
No.6  Striped Bass 5 lbs. 4 oz.   No.6  Pumpkinseed Sunfish 50
No.7  Striped Bass 4 lbs. 8 oz.   No.7  Chain Pickerel 32
No.8  Atlantic Cod 4 lbs. 7 oz.   No.8  Largemouth Bass 31
No.9  Striped Bass 4 lbs. 1 oz.   No.9  Atlantic Cod 10
No.10  Atlantic Cod 3 lbs. 15 oz.   No.10  American Eel 9
2005 Best Days
Date Highlight Moon Barometer Wind Air Temp Water Temp
Jul 27 Keeper Bass From Shore last quarter 29.75 - SSW@19 87° 70°
Aug 20 Most Fish In One Day waning gibbous 30.08 ~ E@4 78° 74°
Jun 29 12 Stripers in 2 Hours waning cresc. 29.95 + SW@14 78° 66°
Jun 4 12 Pickerel in One Trip waning cresc. 29.89 + W@2 81° 62°
Aug 20 3 lb. 11 oz. Largemouth waning gibbous 30.08 ~ E@4 78° 74°
2005 Species Breakdown (asterisk indicates new record)
SPECIES QUANTITY LARGEST SMALLEST AVERAGE SIZE BEST MONTH
American Eel 9* 1 lb.   14 oz. (31.2")* 1 lb.   6 oz. (27.4") 28.7" (1 lb.   8 oz.)* September (3)*
Atlantic Cod 10 4 lbs.   7 oz. (23.2")            4 oz. (10.4") 19.2" (2 lbs.   7 oz.) May (9)
Bluegill Sunfish 117            13 oz. (8.8")            3 oz. (4.5")   7.1" (7 oz.) June (32)
Brook Trout 1 1 lb.     1 oz. (13.0")* 1 lb.   1 oz. (13.0") 13.0" (1 lb.   1 oz.) May (1)
Calico Bass 57* 1 lb.     8 oz. (13.4")            3 oz. (7.0")   9.3" (7 oz.) May (19)*
Chain Pickerel 32* 2 lbs.   2 oz. (21.8")            1 oz. (8.0") 14.1" (12 oz.) June (22)*
Cunner 3 1 lb.     7 oz. (13.0")*            5 oz. (8.8") 11.5" (8 oz.)* July (3)
Golden Shiner 3*              6 oz. (10.3")*            4 oz. (9.5")   9.8" (5 oz.)* April (3)*
Largemouth Bass 31 3 lbs. 11 oz. (17.8")*            2 oz. (6.4") 10.4" (9 oz.) April (9)
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 50*            13 oz. (8.8")*            1 oz. (4.2")   6.9" (6 oz.) August (15)
Rainbow Trout 3            14 oz. (13.3")          10 oz. (11.6") 12.4" (12 oz.) April (3)
Redbreast Sunfish 2            11 oz. (8.0")            7 oz. (7.0")   7.5" (9 oz.) June (2)
Skate 1            15 oz. (19.1")          15 oz. (19.1") 19.1" (15 oz.) July (1)
Spiny Dogfish 4 6 lbs.   1 oz. (33.6") 3 lbs. 1 oz. (26.5") 29.9" (4 lbs. 8 oz.) May (4)
Striped Bass 79* 12 lbs. 11 oz. (30.3")            5 oz. (10.3") 14.7" (1 lb. 7 oz.) July (33)*
White Perch 104*              8 oz. (9.2")            1 oz. (5.0")   7.7" (5 oz.) August (35)*
Winter Flounder 3 1 lb.   15 oz. (17.3")            5 oz. (10.4") 12.9" (9 oz.) July (2)
Wolffish 1 6 lbs.   6 oz. (27.2") 6 lbs.   6 oz. (27.2") 27.2" (6 lbs.   6 oz.) May (1)
Yellow Perch 101*            14 oz. (11.4")            1/8 oz. (3.7") 7.5" (3 oz.) June (33)*
 
2005 By The Month APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
HOURS LOGGED 15 22.5 29.5 24 24 13.5 0 0
Longest Trip 2 hours 5 hours 8 hours 4 hours 4 hours 5 hours 0 0
TOTAL TRIPS 12 11 10 9 11 7 0 0
Freshwater 12 8 8 3 7 6 0 0
Saltwater 0 3 2 6 4 1 0 0
TOTAL FISH 49 79 128 120 146 90 0 0
Freshwater 49 62 115 78 116 82 0 0
Saltwater 0 17 13 42 30 8 0 0
TOTAL SPECIES 9 13 9 12 8 8 0 0
Freshwater 9 8 7 7 6 6 0 0
Saltwater 0 5 2 5 2 2 0 0
AVERAGE AIR TEMPERATURE 55.3° 55.6° 76.7° 77.4° 79.5° 75.1° -- --
Coldest Day 45° 50° 64° 71° 67° 66° -- --
Warmest Day 76° 65° 92° 87° 94° 84° -- --
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURE 46.6° 53.1° 66.1° 70.5° 74.1° 67.4° -- --
Coldest Water Temperature 36° 50° 55° 65° 62° 63° -- --
Warmest Water Temperature 56° 56° 76° 77° 81° 74° -- --
AVERAGE WIND SPEED 16.2 mph 11.1 mph 12.1 mph 12.5 mph 9.6 mph 11.9 mph -- --
Windiest Day 22 mph 18 mph 19 mph 19 mph 15 mph 19 mph -- --
FIVE YEAR TRENDS
 
TOTAL TRIPS TOTAL HOURS TOTAL FISH Freshwater Saltwater TOTAL SPECIES
                                       
4 60 0 0 0   19 128 0 0 0   34 612 0 0 0   34 502 0 0 0   0 110 0 0 0   7 19 0 0 0  
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2006 South Shore Fishing