Jersey Shore party boats that have been struggling to catch stripers up in Raritan Bay got some good news today when bluefish finally turned on in ocean waters.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar caught 3-to-5-pounders on jigs, and they also had a keeper striped bass — though there were more rolling on the surface. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant also got into blues up to 8 pounds. I got a second hand report that blues were being caught in Manaasquan Inlet this morning, but after checking the inlet many times and having seen only one blue caught during the last few weeks, I went upriver this morning and released a 25-inch blue that was my only hit on a large pencil popper. Another angler there had released a 10-pouder just as I arrived, and then fought what looked like a 15-pounder almost to shore before the lure popped out.
There was lots of excitement aboard the Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands when Lynn Fair boated a 36-pound striper. Capt. Ron Santee said there was good action at anchor with shorts and some keepers
At Brielle, the Jamaica is leaving at 10 p.m. for a two day tilefish trip. Some spots are open on the $360 trip. Call 732 528-5014.
Capt. Ryan Bogan says sea bass fishing has been good on Jamaica II except for a spotty opening day. The sea bass are averaging 2 to 4 pounds, and there are also some ling and a few cod. Wes Shourt of Manahawkin had a sea bass limit plus four ling and a cod, while James Carter of Newark limited on bass to 3 1/2 pounds along with five ling and two cod. The Jamaica II is sailing from 7: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until switching to half-days on June 2.
Jim Louro of Spring Lake is hoping the local surf will be clear and fishable in the morning. He fished the backwaters Saturday to catch a 25 1/2-inch striper on a 4-inch Tsunami Shad, and Frank Manzi added a 3-to-4-pound blue on the same lure — but there were no hits today,
There were no results from the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at IBSP, but I’ll post them as soon as they become available.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported more blues showed in the surf Saturday afternoon. Two blues were weighed in Sunday morning. Kyle Kleme had a 38-incher on an SP Minnow that weighed 11.95 pounds, but Matt Miccio’s 37-incher on bunker was actually a pound heavier.