Capt. Nick Stanczyk had only one angler aboard his charter boat from Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada, Florida Keys, but managed to boat a 601-pound swordfish on 50-pound stand-up tackle.

Nick’s father, Richard Stanczyk, was the pioneer of daytime swordfishing in the Keys, but Nick has become master of that sport as he regularly brings in multiple catches. If you want to catch the most elusive and prized of all billfish, a charter with Capt. Nick is the best bet. Contact him at 800 742-7945.

Nick-601-lb sword

Striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay was generally tough again today. Capt. Rob Semkewyc didn’t have any good readings with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but scratched out three keepers and some shorts — while a big bass broke a line.

Chuck Many and his crew on Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands were primarily looking for areas to fish during a tournament on Saturday. Live bunkers produced just eight striper releases that were in the 12-to-14-pound class except for a 23-pounder.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle weighed in a huge striper from back bay waters. Kevin Horvath was fishing  a bunker for the bluefish that should be in there now and instead caught a 45-inch, 28.6-pound striper.  The first surf bluefish weighed in was a 33-inch 10.5-pounder that hit an SP Minnow.  Short stripers are hitting best in the surf in the evening.

The Jamaica from Brielle adds a Saturday afternoon jigging trip on Saturday from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. The 6:30 a.m. trip will be run Saturday and Sunday– and the tilefish trip departs at 10 p.m. Sunday.  Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Mimi Vi from Point Pleasant will be running open for bottom fishing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The fare is $75, and Capt. Ken Namowitz sails at 7 a.m. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.

The New York fluke season opened today, and I heard good reports from both Moriches and Jamaica Bay.






















that hit an SP Minnow.School stripers have been hitting best in the devening.















45-inch, 28.6-poundr. The first surf bluefish weigh-in was a 33-inch, 10,5-pounder

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