Shortage of Killie/Minnie spots

North of Barnegat Inlet are killies. South of the tumultuous entrance to Ocean County are minnies (or minnows).

By either moniker, this favorite plaice bait is rare with different parts of the Jersey Shore, including Delaware Bay, and with the full moon coming next Tuesday, well, it’s gonna be a challenge of course killie behavior gets really awesome during this time.

Curiously, the situation seems to be localized to certain areas. In parts of central and southern Ocean County, it’s famine time, with some bait and tackle shops having no supplies for two weeks. Ditto around Ocean City to the south through Sea Isle. In Cape May, there is a little more supply, but it is still little choice.

Certainly, suppliers are going through a difficult time. And up to $40 a gallon minnies for bait dealers, they lose a ton of dough.

Still, around Absecon and Atlantic City are all the killies you want. On the shop side, Absecon Bay Sportsman Center and One Stop Bait & Tackle, it’s an “Anything you want” scenario. Those catching their own also have no problem, as Captain Scott Newhall of Time Out Sportfishing Charters in the Absecon area said he caught over a gallon this morning while checking his traps.

Theories abound as to the reason for the shortages (have an afternoon?). Some are plausible, some not so much, and some swamp. No matter. Suffice to say that the problem of the shortage will be solved as every time it happens. It looks like a two- or three-year cycle, and we’re on one now. From this corner, in a few weeks, we can expect to see this hardy bait back in the store tanks.

Instead of Minnie, anglers tag keepers with harpoon, squid, harpoon/squid, mackerel, and of course the various Berkley Gulps! Shapes and sizes. A sip ! Killie impostor is the four-inch Mud Minnow, and he’s caught plenty of flatties. Plaice-like crab and shrimp feasts as well as the Gulp! The peeler crab and three- and four-inch shrimp in the new penny and morph patterns also catch fish.

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