The New Jersey fluke season closed tonight, and I didn’t get a single report bragging about the last day.
Indeed, the only fluke report I could find was from the Ocean Explorer out of Belmar. They had tough drifting conditions with the one-day northwester, but managed to pick some fluke up to a 6-pounder after a lot of hard work. They switch to porgies and blackfish tomorrow.
That will also be the case with Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. Capt. Stan Zagleski found last year at this time that his regulars were willing to catch-and-release blackfish except for the one allowed. That’s what he’ll be doing at 7 a.m. daily.
There was continuing good news from the bluefish fleet. Both the Golden Eagle from Belmar and the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported good jigging for 2-to-5-pound blues plus some little tunny.
I took a ride up to Deal this morning because stripers had been on mullet in the surf there yesterday, but the regulars were leaving as I arrived since there were no mullet in the area. I decided to give Point Pleasant Canal a try for blues despite the boat traffic, but this “black cloud” arrived 15 minutes after a flurry of 5-pound blues.
The Seaside Park tackle shops report more mullet showing up in the surf, and continued good morning action on bait and small lures for small blues and bass.
Light east winds are forecasted for Sunday before stronger east winds at the start of the week.