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Its hard to describe in a post what takes a few seasons of experience to learn.
I can give you some bullet points;

The inlet is constantly changing....every six hours the tide goes in & out and it can go from dead flat calm to class 5 rapids in an hour or two.
That means you can leave when its pleasant and return to a frightful experience.

I suggest that you leave the kids behind while you learn the inlet. (I'm assuming Barnegat Inlet?)
Get out with someone with experience...on their boat or yours.

Watch what other guys do for a while

If you go slower than the water is pushing you from behind, you can't steer.

When there are incoming swells against an outgoing tide you need to know what you are doing.
Standing waves are dangerous if you don't understand them. Watch youtube "Haulover inlet" videos..and don't do that!
If the length and weight of your boat are just right on a given day, you will stuff one over the bow and there is nothing you can do about it.

For God's Sake don't let anyone on the bow while traversing an inlet.

They dredge the north side channel, the south side is a gamble.
There are sand bars and breakers outside the inlet and sometimes inside the inlet! Barnegat is derived from Dutch, loosley translated "Inlet of the Breaking waves"

Just because a chart says 11 ft doesn't mean it can't be 3ft

The end of the north jetty is a foot underwater at high tide. Go around the Red tower marker. There are white/orange cans marking it on the outside. Don't be the guy that drives across it every year...

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Out with a couple of friends for opening day summer flounder and he got this nice weakfish in the ICW
 

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Nice fish BillV!

We ran out to Shark River Reef and limited out on Black Sea Bass again! Three boat limits in a row...that NEVER happens.

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Today was a good example of why you need to learn to read the Coastal forecast. They had a "small craft advisory" due to a 4 to 5 ft long period swell from an offshore storm. But Wind forecast was West at 5 to 10. The swell was overrated and we had nearly glassy conditions except for an hour with 5 kts that helped us set an anchor for a spell.
 
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Went out on first day of Fluke this past Saturday in the bay behind Avalon. Caught a few shorts, didn’t see anyone else knocking them dead either. Nice to be out on the water with the family and friends on the water, though.
 

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Its hard to describe in a post what takes a few seasons of experience to learn.
I can give you some bullet points;

The inlet is constantly changing....every six hours the tide goes in & out and it can go from dead flat calm to class 5 rapids in an hour or two.
That means you can leave when its pleasant and return to a frightful experience.

I suggest that you leave the kids behind while you learn the inlet. (I'm assuming Barnegat Inlet?)
Get out with someone with experience...on their boat or yours.

Watch what other guys do for a while

If you go slower than the water is pushing you from behind, you can't steer.

When there are incoming swells against an outgoing tide you need to know what you are doing.
Standing waves are dangerous if you don't understand them. Watch youtube "Haulover inlet" videos..and don't do that!
If the length and weight of your boat are just right on a given day, you will stuff one over the bow and there is nothing you can do about it.

For God's Sake don't let anyone on the bow while traversing an inlet.

They dredge the north side channel, the south side is a gamble.
There are sand bars and breakers outside the inlet and sometimes inside the inlet! Barnegat is derived from Dutch, loosley translated "Inlet of the Breaking waves"

Just because a chart says 11 ft doesn't mean it can't be 3ft

The end of the north jetty is a foot underwater at high tide. Go around the Red tower marker. There are white/orange cans marking it on the outside. Don't be the guy that drives across it every year...

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Thanks Skunk for the advice...

Yes, Barnegat Inlet. I’ve gone out maybe 5 times since last year but plan to do more this year. Each time the inlet was choppy but nothing crazy. Last time, 3/4 of the inlet was glass except for where the waves were rolling into. A few times it looked like they were about to crest on the north side. I think I timed it about 15-45 mins into the start of the incoming tide.

I need to figure out the speed better. On the way in I think I was too slow, but I tried to mimick the boats I saw coming in when I was going out. Conditions were probably more favorable for me and I bet I could have driven over them on the way in. On the way out, I think it was just dumb luck. I do try to follow boats going out and did that day but I think they must have run on the south side as I was alone when I turned after the lighthouse.

I am incredibly nervous to be that guy going over the rocks so I go way out and deal with that mess the whole way out. I need to turn by the statue and enjoy the calmer waters.

Looking forward to getting some fluke fishing this weekend in the Bay. Hope to be out by 530 and in before the craziness.

As for riding on the bow, i probably should have gone with an Express. Having little ones, I never go to the front to avoid having them thinking about going
 

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First Keeper of the season caught about 50yds south of the BI marker in the bay

Didn’t get many bites though, used the same gulp more or less for about 3-4 hrs (recharging with no luck). Tried my usual spots but not much happening. It was a weekend so I didn’t go to the inlet, oyster creek channel or the sedge islands. Assume it might have been better there.
 

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looked for BFT Sunday. Went to Resor area. Found whales & dolphin feeding on sand eels about 10 miles short of Resor. Had two misses on a blue&white daisy chain and we actually saw the tuna...then nothing for an hour so we moved on.
There was bait at Resor but no whales and no bites. Ran east to Princess area found whales/dolphin/bait....no bites. Came back toward Resor found dozens of whales and hundreds of dolphin about 10 miles north of the wreck. Had two knockdowns but no fish.

Headed toward home, stopped at Humpty Dumpty...no life. Looked for a nearby wreck "Dave Moran". Found it and caught 10 keeper seabass before the wind made it to hard to fish.
 

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looked for BFT Sunday. Went to Resor area. Found whales & dolphin feeding on sand eels about 10 miles short of Resor. Had two misses on a blue&white daisy chain and we actually saw the tuna...then nothing for an hour so we moved on.
There was bait at Resor but no whales and no bites. Ran east to Princess area found whales/dolphin/bait....no bites. Came back toward Resor found dozens of whales and hundreds of dolphin about 10 miles north of the wreck. Had two knockdowns but no fish.

Headed toward home, stopped at Humpty Dumpty...no life. Looked for a nearby wreck "Dave Moran". Found it and caught 10 keeper seabass before the wind made it to hard to fish.
Thanks for the report and good way to end it on some Sea Bass. I'm keeping my boat in OCMD this season but I'll be running my brother's new 28' Regulator out of the Atlantic Highlands this summer. I'll let you know next time we make a run at it and let's hope it turns on again like last year.
 
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