It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since 9/11, but that was one of those days when people never forget where they were when terrorism struck close to home. Though I was not many miles from the destruction, I may also have been among the last in the area to become aware of it as I was fishing for giant tuna with the late Capt. Bob Pisano at the Lillian wreck in a brisk northwest wind.
It was a clear day, and on a straight line basis we were close enough to NYC to have seen the smoke except for the northwester that blew the smoke so close to the ground that we didn’t even see it on the way back.
Bob heard something on the VHF about a plane striking one of the towers, but we had no clue that it was anything but an accident at the time. We could only get a little audio out of the TV, but what we were hearing wasn’t good — and we headed in very early.
Rain put a damper on fishing today, and I doubt if any boats went out, However, light winds are in the forecast and some party boats will be sailing tomorrow. Both the Golden Eagle and Ocean Explorer at Belmar intend to fish at 7:30. The Golden Eagle also has a few spots available on its first tuna trip that’s set for Sept. 16. Call 732 681-8144 for reservations. That boat will be night bluefishing Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Check with the Raritan Bay fleet before taking the ride. Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he’s going to wait until it’s possible to fish in the ocean with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. He spent all day Saturday in calm Sandy Hook Bay and only caught some very small fluke. The Fishermen is also holding off until further notice.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported that tuna fishing had been good, but that wasn’t the case Thursday and Friday. Nuno De Costa of Yonkers, N.Y. got things going by casting a popper to dolphin. and others then also scored with them. Tuna were spotted under schools of rays, but only a few were caught. Capt. Howard Bogan is checking the upcoming weather before deciding when to make the next tuna trip. Call 732 528-5014 for information.
Joe Melillo reports from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that bad weather blew some bluefish into Point Pleasant Canal. They’re mostly either cocktails or 4-pounders, but a few large choppers are mixed in.
Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina, is upset about the weather that’s been killing the end of the fluke season after we finally got some more days to fish for them in September. The last fluke weighed in from the river was a 3 1/4-pounder caught by Mike Fauci of Neptune. He noted there are some small bass and blues in the river chasing peanut bunkers and spearing.
Though the winds have dropped off, the continuing swell is a problem at the mouths of inlets. Small boaters must take that into account, especially on the outgoing tide.