The combination of a gusty northeast wind and a southeast swell made for a rough day offshore, but anglers aboard the Golden Eagle from Belmar still were able to jig limits of bluefish ranging from 1 1/2 to 8 pounds plus some little tunny.

The Big Jamaica from Brielle will also be seeking those fish over the weekend during Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. and p.m. trips. They reported a good bluefish bite last Saturday night, and will seek a combination of blues, little tunny and bonito during the day.  The blues (see below)  have ranged all the way up to 11 pounds.

Big Jamaica blues

The northeast wind was moderate this morning, so I decided to give the surf a try to see if it had cleared up yet. It was rough at Manasquan, but fishable — so I gave it some time with a 2-ounce Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper which produced three small stripers up to 22 inches while another got off. Those fish were plucked from different spots along the beach, and there was no follow-up hit at any of them.

It felt like fall, but I was still in my summer “uniform” of AFTCO shorts which were perfect in the still very warm waters of over 70 degrees. There was no sign of bait, and no birds were working. Everything was on blind casts. We’re still a long time away from what we expect from fall striper fishing along the northern Shore where we’re also not seeing bluefish.

On the other hand, the Seaside Park tackle shops report plenty of small blues and a few bigger ones in that area — where mullet have been common. Some small bass have also been mixed in there.

Capt. Dave De Gennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat is looking at the weather and only committing to fish for “stuff” during an open trip at 7 a.m. Sunday. It could be grass shrimping for weakfish in the bay; casting for blues in the inlet; checking the shoreline for little tunny; or trolling Barnegat Ridge for bonito — or a combination of those possibilities. Check with him at hiflierfishing@verizon,net

Actually, aside from some rain predicted for tomorrow, there seems to be good weather coming up for the weekend with light winds and even some westerly breeze.

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