Though several party boats planned to sail today, the only report I received by mid-afternoon was a good one from Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter at Atlantic Highlands. His only problem was the lack of anglers on the docks this morning which, he attributed to the weather forecast. I don’t know what they heard, but it looked good to me — especially for inshore fishing.
The small craft warnings were just for waves that have created a messy surf, but are of no consequence except for small boaters having to exercise caution at inlets during the end of the ebb tide. That small craft advisory is continued through Friday afternoon though the forecast for tomorrow is SW winds 5 to 10 knots with 3-5-foot seas.
Semkewyc said it was a gorgeous day on the water, and fluking was pretty good as everyone had a keeper and some bagged two among a lot of action with shorts.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported surprisingly good fluke action in less than ideal surf conditions. Hen Hollins weighed a 23-inch, 4.65-pounder this week, and a 24-incher was also reported. S&S bucktails with a Gulp teaser rig are doing the job.
There was some life with school stripers in Shark River this morning. I cast a paddletail jig to release seven up to a 25-incher. Frank Manzi got one early, but returned late in the morning to once again find good action under the sun as he added six bass up to a 24-incher.
The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational got underway today, but I haven’t been able to find out if anyone sailed. I suspect that most will opt for the great forecasts of light winds and moderate seas right through Sunday.