The Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be contested Sunday at Island Beach State Park. Those not pre-registered can register at 5:30a.m. in Pavilion 2, before the fishing hours of 6:30 to 1. There will be lots of prizes in many categories — especially for children. Action should also be good for those using clam or bunker for bait. Visit NJFish and Wildlife.com/gsft.htm for details.
Manasquan River bluefish cooperated this morning for Capt. Jim Freda’s Shore Catch Charters party. He said it was mostly 3-to-4-pounders off the mouth of the canal, but he found some bigger blues hitting SP Minnows in other areas. Fly fishermen were also able to score.
Bob Correll of Bay Head and I cast for blues in the river from his Boston Whaler late in the afternoon. We picked a few on swimming plugs before trying small poppers just before the evening rain started. That was a much more interesting way to catch the 3-to-4-pounders we located.
As noted in last night’s blog, the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands was one of the few party boats planning to sail into the forecast of rain and some wind. Capt. Rob Semkewyc was surprised to get enough fares to sail, and striper action was decent on one drop with shorts and some keepers up to a 19-pounder. However, the action died for the wet, but happy, anglers when the tide slacked at 12:30.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar cancelled today, but will be back out in the morning for stripers — while also prepared to switch to sea bass if necessary. It’s likely that the better forecast for Sunday will result in all party boats sailing.