Chuck Many of Annandale usually avoids fishing weekends with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands, but he had time to go today and took advantage of it. Adult bunkers were quickly located this morning, and Many only needed one castnet throw to fill the live well with all that would be able to survive in the warm waters. He moved up to the Hudson River where Alex Katyan and I had hits from stripers in the 20-pound class on almost every drop until the tide died — including this double just before being released along with all the other fish caught today. After the bigger bass turned off, Many ran to the East River where we had action on sandworms though all of those bass were small today. When the unpredicted south wind came up it changed all of Many’s plans with wind against tide conditions — and we returned with the sun still high on the sky after releasing 32 stripers, 8 porgies, 3 small fluke, a tiny sea bass and my first sea robin of the year.
Fluke fishing was good today for the Raritan Bay fleet. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported there were many shorts with enough keepers mixed in. One fare who couldn’t catch a keeper yesterday returned to total three legal fluke plus 24 shorts. The Fishermen had some anglers with three keepers plus sea bass — and there was a 7 3/4-pound pool winner.
The Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands reported a great start by John Vanderstad of Pompton Lakes who limited up to 8 1/8 pounds by 8 a.m. — but was later tied for the pool by Steve Herczegh of Spotswood.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar found some blues this morning and managed about 20 before adding sea bass and chub mackerel plus a couple of 3-4-pound fluke.