Conditions were good for fishing the bay side of Island Beach State Park last night, and Jerry Lasko of Point Pleasant took advantage of hat situation to release seven up to a five-foot brown that he estimated at about 100 pounds. Maren Toleno, who makes the shark rigs sold at Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park, added four shark releases (see photo at bottom) plus rays.
Fluking was hot today, at least in terms of the heat as skippers complained about the lack of a breeze that would have provided some relief. Capt. Ron Santee reported it was still a good day for John Froelich whose first fish on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands was a 6.9-pound fluke and his next a 5-pounder.
Capt. Stan Zagleski said his customers worked hard for their fluke on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands, but were treated to whales and dolphins feeding. Sharon Lisa of Philipsburg won the pool.
Bluefish once again made a move into Shark River just as party boats were coming through. Vinny D’ Anton had already caught stripers on his Chug Bug before adding blues which he said were bigger than yesterday’s 3-pounders. Indeed, that’s what I expected and was surprised when my first of five releases was two-feet long. All of them were likely easy pool winners on the bluefish party boats.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into small blues in the ocean, but they were hard to hook. Some fares managed 9 to 10, and they also had some bonito and little tunny. After that the Golden Eagle added a boat limit of sea bass (two per man) that included what was reported as a 6-pounder. If the weight stands up and the angler is a Fisherman magazine subscriber that will put him in the sea bass lead (over a 5.85-pounder from New England), in the coastal Dream Boat Fishing Challenge. Some fluke were also caught.
Capt. Vinny Vetere reported he was back into the “big girls” again today with his Katfish from Great Kills as mate Percy Wentworth netted lots of bunkers with the castnet he makes that enticed stripers from 20 to 42 pounds. He’s open the rest of the week.