The two-day Sandy Hook Bay Anglers 37th annual Fluke Tornament begins a series of N.J. fluke contests this weekend after today’s 7 p.m. captains meeting at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina. The entry fee is $100 per boat. For details visit http://www.sandyhookbayanglers.com.
Coming up next weekend are the Grandpa Savino Tournament out of Great Kills with the opportunity to win $25,000 for a 13-pound fluke (call Walter Fisher at 917 375-7607); the 28th annual Raritan Bay Anglers Club Charity Fluke Tournament (call 732 489-6360); and the Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament with both powerboat and kayak divisions ((call732 899-7638).
Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina provided the first party boat doormat fluke report I’ve had this season. Vinny Aufiero of Midland Park boated a 10 1/8-pounder on the Capt. Cal. Benny Green had a limit up to 5 3/4 pounds on the Cat Cal. The rental skiffs are coming in with fluke up to 6 pounds, and small snappers are now in Shark River.
Also at Belmar, the Big Mohawk had several fluke limits plus sea bass, and will be sailing tomorrow at 6 a.m. The Ocean Explorer reported fine fluke and sea bass action on a gorgeous day, including a bew seasonal pool leader of 8 8 7/8 pounds. There were also several 5-6-pound fluke.
At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported fluke fishing was slower today, especially after the current got too strong late in the morning. Anglers should bring tackle capable of handling at least 8-ounce sinkers.
Capt. Stan Zagleski reported a fine 7 1/8-pound fluke boated Thursday on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands by Tom Guarlello of Hazlet.
Despite the continuing big swell from the offshore hurricane, there were some small stripers caught in the surf. Vinny D’Anton of Wall took his grandsons, Brandon and Lucas Longo to the Spring Lake surf for a shot at fishing with sand fleas — and Lucas did land a small bass while a couple of other hits were missed.
I cast a small jig in Shark River to release five stripers up to 20 inches, but did nothing in the surf.