Capt. Chris Di Stefano was aboard Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club yesterday as Frank Criscola and his crew enjoyed another great day of white marlin trolling from Hudson Canyon east and north. It’s been the best white marlin bite in that area in many years, and Chis said it’s drawn not only the South Jersey fleet to the north — but even boats from Virginia.
The only problem from his point of view has been the complete lack of tuna in that area. The yellowfin tuna bite has been much further inshore, and the same applies to dolphin. Crisdel trolled the canyon lobster pots and didn’t raise any dolphin. They’re also inshore, where blue waters extend into the Mud Hole and flying fish are a common sight. Surprisingly, Di Stefano said there was no surface life where the white marlin are abundant.
Fluke fishing was much better for the Atlantic Highlands fleet today. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter said there many more keepers plus lots of short action all day. Capt. Ron Santee had a similar report from the Fishermen, where his father boated the largest fluke at 6.6 pounds. The pool went to a 4.5-pounder.
At Belmar, the Big Mohawk reported OK fluke fishing that wasn’t as good as the previous day though there were a few limits and the pool fluke was about 8 pounds. They sail at 6:30 a.m.
The Golden Eagle picked at 2-pound blues before adding some fluke and releasing many sea bass.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had an angler aboard who limited on blues plus two bonito by 10 a.m. Capt. Dave Riback noted that four of his last six trips have been successful.
Vinny D’ Anton of Wall fished his local beach this morning to release stripers of 20 and 24 inches on his Chug Bug. Lots of snappers were also hitting it.
John Bushell Jr. got out of Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park yesterday to fish and reported some blues up to 6 pounds in a surf full of bait.