NOAA Fisheries increasing General category giant tuna daily limit

Commercial bluefin tuna fishermen in the General category will be able to land three large medium or giant bluefin tuna ((over 73 inches) from June 1 to August 31 — up from the present one per day. This also applies to the Charter/Head boat category for boats with a commercial sale certificate while fishing commercially.

The weekend outlook remains good for Raritan Bay stripers plus sea bass in the ocean. A small craft warning is up for Friday with south winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 along with possible showers and thunderstorms.

The photo below relates to striped bass fishing on Chuck Many’s Tyman from Highlands when the Wakefields were aboard this week.

Saltwater flyfishing seminar scheduled

The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife is providing an opportunity for anglers
interested in saltwater fly fishing but not sure where to start. Join saltwater fly fishing experts on June 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Island Beach State Park for their first Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing Seminar. It’s open to participants 18 years and older to learn the basics through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning stations. The cost is just $10, but there’s a limit of 18 who e-mail karen,byrne@dep.nj.gov

Sea bass fishing held up today. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported limits for all, with many jumbos among them. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a couple of picky days in poor drifting conditions, but it was back to hot sea bass fishing today along with a cod and a 20-inch flounder.
Chuck Many had the Wakefields from Pa. along with Dean Cox aboard Tyman from Highlands yesterday as over 40 stripers up to 45 pounds were released.

The forecast is for southeast winds at 10-15 knots.









       

 

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N.J. surf stripers getting active

After a slow start, school stripers seem to be building up in the New Jersey surf.

Mike Monte is visiting his Monmouth County origins from Nantucket and found today that the same pearl Bomber which is all he needs on the island at this time works just as well in the Sea Girt surf though this morning’s bite was prior to daylight.

Nick from Monmouth fished his jumbo bloodworms at his local beach on Saturday for three bass. Once again, clams were ineffective. Yet a bigger bass was lost after hitting a sand crab that Nick dug by hand — but he couldn’t come up with any more crabs.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another good day with sea bass that included some limits and plenty of shorts plus ling.

The forecast is for east winds at 10-15 knots.

John DeBona, advertising manager of The Fisherman, had limit sea bass fishing Saturday on the

Dauntless from Point Pleasant, but Sunday was even better as he added two cod to the sea bass. See photo at bottom, under an internet shot of a black marlin being caught from a kayak off Los Buzos. Panama.

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Large sea bass still being boated

It’s normal for sea bass sizes to drop as the open season goes on, but that hasn’t been the case so far. Both the Golden Eagle from Belmar and Jamaica from Brielle reported a surge of bigger sea bass to go along with ling. The Golden Eagle even had some whiting.

Golden Eagle sea bass

Vinny D’Anton is back from Florida, and had a good first N.J. surf trip with several small blues and stripers on lures he’d been using down south — the Chug Bug and the MirrOlure. Unfortunately, his 15-pound leader didn’t stand up to one of those blues.

The forecast is for east winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 late in the morning.

Sea bass hold up

With good drifting conditions over the weekend, sea bass fishing seems to have held up over the weekend.

The Jamaica from Brielle and the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported lots of action with many limit catches included.

Though some east weather is coming, Monday looks good with north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 before dropping to 5-10 in the afternoon.

Dave Sheperd needs perfect weather to fish for stripers with his 14-foot Star Craft with 20 hp Honda tiller, but he got that and put his son into hist keeper bass.

Fog was tough on boaters today

Fog has been an ongoing problem this week, and it was back earlier this morning. There’s more of a chance of rain or a possible thunderstorm on Sunday along with light west to southwest winds.

Sea bass continue to provide a pretty good shot at taking home a few good meals even though that fishing has become a bit tougher after many of the best spots have been worked over since the season opened on Tuesday. Some ling may be encountered, and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands reported a 23-inch cod as their pool winner.

Capt. Fred Gamboa took a look offshore on Friday with Andrea’s Toy and saw a few signs of life. However, trolling, jigging and chunking didn’t produce until he switched to tilefishing and the Don Beshada party dropped Stalker jigs into the depths for a dozen up to a 30-pounder.

Good weekend shaping up

The weather is looking good, and fish are cooperating.

Sea bass fishing is holding up as the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported better action today with many limits around the boat during an all-day bite. Raritan Bay striper fishing continues at a spring peak, and early fluking has been surprisingly good in areas with higher water temperatures.

The forecast is for southwest winds at just 5-10 knots tomorrow, though patchy fog may be a problem. Sunday begins with southwest at 10 to 15 knots before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon.

It will be some time before dolphin head north, but Bruce and Tanner Hrobak of Billy Bones Tackle in Stuart, Florida are enjoying them now.

A “keeper” for grandpa

At 21 inches and 7 pounds, 14 ounces he isn’t ready to fish as yet, but I have high hopes for Alexander John Gonzalez who was born this afternoon to my daughter Cyndi and her husband Luis at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The next “AJ” (I’m Allan John) has crazy fisherman genes on both sides of the family and won’t lack for fishing tackle.

Sea bass fishing opened to N.J. anglers on Tuesday and all reports received so far have been good with limits of 10 at a 13-inch minimum being common.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported a boat limit Tuesday when jigging was by far the best method. An A-27 diamond jig with a teaser rigged 18 inches above it produced lots of doubleheaders.

Capt. Hans Kaspersetz fished aboard the charter boat Water Proof for limit sea bass action. Capt. Mark De Blasio stopped on his way up north with Blue Runner to jig yellowfin tuna. The 56-foot End Game has been added to his fleet.

Chuck Many reported yesterday’s trip on Tyman out of Highlands ran only from7 to 10 a.m. as it was mayhem big striper fishing for a crew that included Phil Sciortino of the Tackle Box in Hazlet.

Friday’s forecast is for a mere 5-10-knot southeast wind which increases to 10-15 late. The weekend also looks good.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a slow but steady pick of sea bass all day which resulted in some limits. A cod and a fluke were also boated, and a few blackfish released.

Sunday’s N.J. surf surprises

There hasn’t been much to report from the New Jersey surf so far this spring, but all that changed dramatically on Sunday.

The annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament is normally handicapped by the fluke season not being open, but that wasn’t the case this year. Yet, all the fluke prizes went unclaimed along with those for late-arriving bluefish — while “only” striped bass were caught. To top it off, a lady angler had her name imprinted on the Governor’s Trophy.

The official release from the Division of Fish and Wildlife follows:

The 31st Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was held May 15, 2022 at Island Beach State Park. The day stared with fog, but ended with sunshine, and while it was a slow day of fishing, everyone seemed to enjoy spending their day on the beach trying their best to get a fish to bite.

This was the fifth year the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was open to high school teams with their own team category. Sixty-five high schoolers from six school fishing teams fished this year’s tournament. One team leader said, “The kids didn’t catch anything, but they had a great day!”

Assistant Commissioner of NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife, Dave Golden, was there to congratulate tournament winners, while assisting with the awards ceremony. Sponsoring organization presidents Gary Conk, Sr, NJ Beach Buggy Association; Wade Stein, NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; and Mark Taylor, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, also assisted with handing out tournament prizes. While six striped bass were entered into the tournament, Pam McGee of Newton was the Governor’s Cup winner with a 37 ½” striped bass.

Ms. McGee received two rod and reel combinations, a plaque and will have her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently on display at Island Beach State Park. Unfortunately, no one in the high school team category entered any fish.

In addition to the grand prize, four anglers received rod and reel combinations for their prize-winning fish in the striped bass category. There are overall categories for children, teen, and adult anglers, including sub-categories for male and female anglers.

The event was sponsored by the NJDEP’s Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the NJ Beach Buggy Association.

More than $150,000 has been raised since the inception of the tournament for conservation and education projects and improved beach access.

Winners of the 2022 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament are:

Striped Bass Category Teen (Male):

  • First Place: Logan Appello, Cliffside Park, NJ – 29 5/8”

Adult (Male):

  • First Place: Tim Moran, West Milford, NJ – 31 4/8”
  • Second Place: Vincent Percella, Lavallette, NJ – 31 1/8”
  • Third Place: Ron Butkiewicz, Warren Twp., NJ – 28 6/8”

Adult (Female):

  • First Place and Governor’s Cup Winner: Pam McGee, Newton, NJ – 37 4/8″

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Clam baits accounted for the IBSP stripers, but the best was yet to come as Nick Honachefsky fished the surf during the eclipse of the moon that night to release a striper probably over 40 pounds on a purple Bomber plug. He didn’t have official measurements, but used his fingers to come up with the 48-inch length and 28-29-inch girth that would put it over 40 pounds. See the photo below. Two others were lost due to the small hooks on the Bomber.

Nick was using an 8-foot Savage Gear rod with a Shimano Stradic 5000 spinning reel loaded with 30-pound Power Pro braid tied to a Tactical Anglers clip. He “forgot” to mention where he was fishing.

Chuck Many said many stripers were missed yesterday as surfcaster Chris Buchta joined Alex Katyan to fish eels from Tyman out of Highlands. However, those released ranged from 36 to 47 pounds.

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The marine forecast for Thursday predicts showers in the morning with northwest winds at 10-15 knots before changing to southwest 5-10 in the afternoon.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands reported very good sea bass fishing the last two days. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good day with sea bass as everyone went home with a catch that also included ling — and many limited

Capt. Lou Grazioso says he’s been enjoying fluke action from his small boat in the Navesink and Shark rivers. However, with the new regs he had to release 20-inchers Sunday in Shark River.

Plenty of sea bass for NJ anglers

The weather was good and sea bass cooperated for the opening of the N.J. season today. The Jamaica from Brielle reported they also had a good showing of cod and a couple of pollock plus a winter flounder. Some spots may be open for tomorrow’s 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. special.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported “All the sea bass you wanted” plus ling, two cod and two big stripers up to 43 inches which had to be released.

Chuck Many had only big stripers to release from his Tyman out of Highlands on Monday as they ranged from 45 to 51 inches and were caught on live eels.

The marine forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots before going southwest at 5-10 in the afternoon.