Capt. Chris Di Stefano was fishing Monday on Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club  as striped bass failed to cooperate at Shrewsbury Rocks and nearby rough bottoms. However, he saw the small boat fleet doing very well chasing birds to catch little tunny from the Rocks to the Highlands Bridge.

Though it’s still early in very high water temperatures, Chris was surprised that they didn’t even mark any bass. There were plenty of small blues, and they went through about 40 shads replacing those with bitten-off tails on the shad rigs.

As abundant as the little tunny are out there, I haven’t had any surf reports so far. I’ve been surfcasting at several places recently an still haven’t seen any birds working or tunny jumping — even out of range,

A pick of stripers continues almost everywhere in the surf. After not liking the lack of bait or any sign of fish at dawn in Shark River, I moved to the Belmar surf where I broke the ice when a 23-inch bass blasted a Chug Bug in the wash just before I lifted it out of the water. That illustrates the importance of working lures right to the sand or jetty as many bass hit at the last moment. Unfortunately, that was my only shot in the low water conditions.

Miss Belmar Princess reported a slow start to jigging blues to the east this morning, but it Improved during the day and some limits of 3-6-pounders were taken plus some bonito. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had blues up to 8 pounds yesterday along with lots of little tunny for those who fished for them.

Bob Matthews weighed blackfish being caught daily now in Shark River Inlet. Anthony Pettillo of Manasquan had a 5-pounder, and Jack Kruger of  Neptune a 4 9/16-pounder at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina. Bob says the bait has moved out of the river and should spark better surf fishing.

Capt. Ron Santee tried a new area for porgies with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands today, and after the strong current slowed he saw jumbo scup coming up. A 3-pounder won the pool and there were others close to it.

Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be sailing open at 7 a.m. tomorrow. The fare for bottom fishing is $75. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.


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