Fishing should return in high gear tomorrow

The weather seems to be strightening out even though small craft warnings are up into tonight — and boaters should be out in force tomorrow when the forecast is for north winds at just 5 knots.

The tuna fleet will be gathering off the Rockaways and further east to troll live bunkers or bluefish that may be attacked by a large bluefin which is a very reasonable target in shallow waters — and the Golden Eagle from Belmar resumes daily bluefish jigging as well as a Satirday night bluefish trip which departs at 7 p.m.

Ken Zwirko was one of the successful inshore bluefin fishermen this week.

Vinny D’Anton tried the Monmouth County surf this afternoon and found clear waters plus a school of mullet. Unfortunately there weren’t any stripers on that bait, but Vinny switched to Gulp and started releasing small fluke just as had been the case before the season closed.. He couldn’t duplicate the stargazer he also caught at that time.

N.J. anglers could be catching these if the later season alternative had been adopted.

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Another day of southeast wind. The small craft advisory continues, but the wind shifts to west at 5-10 knots with 3-4-foot seas.

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SE wind puts a lid on fishing

Southeast winds are rarely good for along the Jersey Shore, and I wasn’t surprised at not receiving a single report. A small craft advisory remains up through late Thursday night.

The morning starts with SE winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 plus a chance of showers. It is looking better for Friday and Saturday.

Capt. Ron Santee has switched to porgy fishing with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but isn’t sailing again until Sunday due to the SE blow plus moon currents.

Blues on & off

Though bluefish seem to be spotted pr read by party boats every day.thney don’t always bite during the usual early morning period.

That was the case today for the Golden Eagle from Belmar. so they went offshore and chummerd lots of chub mackerel plus some blues. After putting fish in the bags they retirned inshore for a slow bluefish bite before they finally turned on and many 4-8-pounders were jigged along with some porgies as the boat stayed out late.

Yesterday’s canyon mahi trip produced some big dolphin, but not the volume of the previous sailing. It was also rougher than predicted.

Small craft warnings are up from tomorrow morning to Thursday afternoon. Southeast winds of 10-15 knots gust to 25, and there’s a chance of showers.

Surf picks up in calmer seas

Fall fishing seems to be starting, or at least that was what Vinny D’Anton found at Monmouth County beaches this morning as he relesded five shorts on his Chug Bug and added some mall blues. He didn’t didn’t see any mullet, though that forage fish is what usually attracts bass at this time of year.

Miss Belmar Princess reported slow bluefishing today with only the better anglers managing limits. However, there were lots of chub mackerel. Some out of season sea bass and fluke were released.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for east winds at just 10 knots.

Chuck Many continues to have a ball catching school redfish a short walk from his new townhouse in Hilton Head. S.C.

Fluking ends in N.J.

The fluke season ended in N.J. today, and Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina said it was generally a good one. Bluefish will take up the slack for some, and he noted that both the Golden Eagle and Miss Belmar Princess caught choppers up to 10 pounds today. The former also ended up with a good Saturday night bluefish trip after a slow start;

Matthews reports blackfish are hitting well in Shark River Inlet, though most are shorts. Mullet have been showing up in the surf from Belmar to Deal, and stripers are often on their tails.

The surf was rough today, but that worked out well for Vinny D’Anton as he fished sand fleas for stripers in the Spring Lake surf. Only one small bass was released, but he caught two fluke on the fleas — and one was a 22-incher That fluke had other fleas in its stomach along with half of what was probably a 6-inch snapper. Ironically, Vinny has been catching lots of short fluke in the surf with only a couple of 18-inchers among them while using Gulp before coming up with his biggest on the last day on sand fleas.

Monday’s forecast is for east winds at 5-10 knots.

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The weather turned out better than expected, and the last day of N.J.fluking should be fishable with calming northwest winds at 10-15 knots before chifting to northeast at only 5-10 knots in the afternoon.

I’ve been having problems downloading and publishing photos. The huge albacor held by Mark Roy disappeared when I published yesterday. It was caught by Roger Stryker of Toms River trolling from Roy’s Kill Box in the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon on Tuesday. It was estimated over 80 pounds and might have been a state record. One other albacore and over 30 dolphin were caught by the crew which included Rahm Fenton and Kris Petercsak.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant picked at blues early before they came up later in the morning and hit freely along with the best showing of little tunny so far. The high hook caught five tunny on epoxy jigs.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported blues splashing, but not hitting well before they made a move to chum up lots of chub mackerel plus some blues. They ended up getting into the jigging blues.

Windy weather for the weekend

Small craft warnings are up through Saturday afternoon. It’s northeast at 15 knots with gusts to 25 tonight, but shifts to north at 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 tomorrow. and Sunday.

There were no reports today as even the Big Mohawk and Golden Eagle took the day off rather than fighting the northeast breeze.

Mark Roy displays a huge albacore that was trolled from his Kill Box. a 35 Henriques out of Mannasquan on Tuesday at the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon. Details tomorrow.

Chuck Many just bought a townhouse in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and was delighted to find that he only had to walk outside in order to enjoy light tackle sport with redfish.

A very sad day — Fred Golofaro passed away

Fred Golofaro of the Fisherman magazine suffered a sudden heart attack yesterday and passed away in a Long Island hospital. Fred was a friendly, low key guy who was the last person I’d ever expect to have a heart attack at a relatively early age. It wasn’t long ago that we fished together in the Manhattan Cup -_ where I later presented him with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m so upset by Fred’s passing that I’m having trouble putting out this blog — and will go into greater detail tomorrow.

The weather forecast is for northeast winds at 15-20 knots. Small craft warnings are up from this evening into Saturday afternoon. At Belmar, the Big Mohawk had goog fluking today in rough seas — but will not sail tomorrorw The Golden Eagle was into bluefish, but anglers had to work hard for every one. They too are taking tomorrow off. Check with skippers before coming down in the morning.

Porgies ready to take over when fluking closes

Porgies should be filling in

Porgies should be filling in when the fluke season closes, and Capt. Ron Santee has already made the switch with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. He hasn’t found the heavy concentrations yet. but that species is in good shape.The tiny young of the year sea bass are stealing bait everywhere, though everyone goes home with porgies for the table. Also at that port, the Sea Hunter continues to seek fluke in the ocean. They will sail in the morning, but Friday is off due to the predicted northeast wind.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported decent fluking today despite the conditions. They will be at it again at 6 a.m. Some limits were taken today. Also at Belmar. the Golden Eagle had lots of chub mackerel today and urges customers to bring ultra light tackle to enjoy those sporty fish. Some bluefish and out of season sea bass were also caught. .

Tuna fishermen can jump on a last minute opening aboard the Jamaica from Brielle which has two spots open on the 31-hour trip at 7 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The Paramount takes over inshore trips when the Jamaica is offshore.

The forecast is for east winds at 5-10 knots with a chance of showers.