Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Guide Service in Point Pleasant reports there has been great mid-range action on both poppers and jigs the last few days for both yellowfin and bluefin tuna in areas not far from each other. This is the time to take advantage of a surface fishery that doesn’t occur every year. Lots of whales and dolphins out there also.
The ocean was a lot more comfortable today, and boaters took advantage of that. The forecast has hardly any winds over 10 mph during the next several days.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands reported Jeff Criswell Jr. caught five legal-sized fluke today — topped by a 27 1/2-inch 9-pounder. Capt. Ron worked rock piles, and said jiggers did best.
Also at that port, the Angler had a new monthly and big pool leader on Thursday when Tom Karg of Millington boated a 29-inch, 9 13/16-pound near-doormat. Ray Slodowski of Toms River had an 8 1/2-pounder Wednesday. Prowler V reported a 7.11-pound fluke Tuesday for Carlos Santos of Newark, and an 8.8-pounder Wednesday for Pa. angler Wayne Horner.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had very good jigging for blues today, with some limits and a pool blue of about 6 pounds.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle had slower fishing today, but ended up with good little tunny action along with bonito, chub mackerel, and some blues. The pool went to a 14-pound little tunny boated by Dylon Podlinski of Bayonne.
At Seaside Park, Betty & Nick’s Tackle noted continued good fluke action in the surf. A 3 1/2-pounder was weighed in from Island Beach State Park after it hit nuclear chicken Gulp.