Rich Swisstack posted on Facebook that his party boated four black drum up to just over 50 pounds on clams while fishing last night with Capt. Bob Cope out of Cape May.

Striper fishing in Raritan Bay remained slow, but somewhat improved with more short action today.  Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands also reported two keepers. He will be fishing on Mother’s Day.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar didn’t catch any stripers, but two large ones were lost — and they claimed their bunker baits were chewed by bluefish. That’s the first I’ve heard of blues from the party boats, but the Keansburg Fishing Pier had a photo on Facebook of five big blues caught there yesterday on bunker chunks.

Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant said he had no reports today due to the rain, but he and Joe, Jr. fished Point Pleasant Canal last night to no avail because of picking up weed on every cast.

I braved the early rain to cast briefly in Shark River and released a bluefish of about 3 pounds on a large pencil popper — though there were no other swirls. Jim Louro of Spring Lake went to Shark River later and duplicated the three small stripers he caught Friday.

Capt. Jim Freda has been casting to some jumbo blues in Manasquan River, and even got some this morning for his party on Shore Catch from Point Pleasant — such as the one pictured.

Freda's blue



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