The N.J. fluke season ends on Saturday, and several boats will be making a last effort though fluking has been generally tough. In several cases there are big seasonal pools still up for grabs, and the Big Mohawk from Belmar proved there’s still a possibility for a big fluke when a 10.1-pound doormat was boated this week. Ocean conditions should be better tomorrow with a brief shift to northwest before returning to east winds.
The Belmar boats had decent ocean fluking this week, but it’s been tougher to the north. Capt. Rob Semkewyc had taken a few days off with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but found only shorts today under poor conditions. He will make the last effort tomorrow before taking some time off and then switching to striped bass.
The best bet seems to be jigging for bluefish. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported plenty of 2-to-5-pounders today along with some bonito. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant said they had their best bluefishing of the season plus some bonito and little tunny.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing for those species at 7:30 a.m., before a 22-hour tuna trip departing at 5 p.m. There are some spaces available at $335. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Capt. Chris Di Stefano has had reports of continued hot white marlin fishing in the Hudson Canyon area.
Mullet are moving out of the rivers, and providing an attraction for stripers, though it’s been picky so far. Vinnie D’Anton released a couple on a Chug Bug this morning north of Asbury Park, but stayed with a school of mullet all morning that never produced after that. Jim Louro of Spring Lake also plugged a striper and a cocktail blue. I cast at Belmar and only hooked lots of floating weed.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports for Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association that small blues are becoming common in that area and providing action along with some bonito, little tunny and Spanish mackerel.