There wasn’t much going on locally in the northeast wind today — and there will be even less Sunday and Monday if the forecast is right.
I fished in light rain this morning from shore at Shark River, and wasn’t bothered by the usual Saturday morning boat traffic. Unfortunately that didn’t make any difference in the fishing as I got only one hit and released a bluefish of about 4 pounds on a Z Man Swimmereez jig.
Vinny D’Anton tried there on the low tide in the afternoon and caught only one very small blue on his Chug Bug. The only boat I saw go out was Miss Belmar Princess, and they reported picking at 2-to-4-pound blues all day as limits were possible. They’ve cancelled Sunday and Monday trips as has the Ocean Explorer from Belmar which had tough fluking on Friday when the drift was already too fast during the start of the NE weather.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had good bluefish jigging on Friday for choppers up to 6 pounds, but cancelled today and won’t be sailing the next two days. That boat is also chartered for the mornings of Sept. 12,15 and 17.
There were no reports today even from somewhat protected Atlantic Highlands. Check with skippers before coming to the Shore the next two days.
A better bet Sunday is to attend the free Jersey WILD Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area at 299 East Colliers Mills Road, New Egypt. For additional info visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/expo.htm.
Capt. Chris DiStefano returned from a trip to Hudson Canyon aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club after they went five for seven releasing white marlin in the Hudson Canyon area. Chris said that the white marlin fishery is breaking up, though there are still boats coming from as far away as North Carolina to seek them. Another boat hooked a blue marlin out there. Once again, there were no tuna — but boats fishing the Triple Wrecks area were catching yellowfins up to 70 pounds. A blue marlin was also hooked in those mid-range waters.
Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported that anglers who took advantage of the northeast wind got into a morning bluefish blitz at the pocket in Island Beach State Park.