Sorry about the computer problem yesterday. It’s not solved yet, but I’m sending this out from Joe Blaze’s office.
The abundance of small blues in the surf that’s been reported for some time by the Seaside Park tackle shops spread yesterday to many other areas. Bob Correll of Bay Head got into them during late afternoon in his area, and blog reader Dan left a message noting the same thing happening early yesterday morning in Sea Bright along with some small bonito. There were no little tunny, but Dan said they had been there the previous day.
Tommy Cox went to Monmouth Beach Sunday morning based on the previous day’s report of little tunny there. He didn’t see them, but caught three Spanish mackerel. Those fish were only 12 to 14 inches, but a big surprise in mid-October.
Vinny D’Anton didn’t run into any blues in the Belmar surf this morning, but he did catch three school stripers on his Chug Bug. When the SW wind got too strong,he moved to Shark River and managed two more larger bass of 24 and 26 inches on the Chug Bug.
I tried the Bay Head surf early, and caught a small blue on a Chug Bug. Birds started picking on rainfish in the surf, but I didn’t see blues in them before the SW wind started cranking and everything disappeared.
Capt. Stan Zagleski was very happy with Sunday’s sea bass fishing on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. Those who fished with green crabs also managed their single keeper blackfish. With the water temperature at 69 degrees, Stan expects to see limits of sea bass continue along with a showing of triggerfish.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good action with 4-to-12-pound blues during Saturday night’s trip. There were only a few small blues jigged Sunday, but those lures also produced some bonito and little tunny plus lots of big sea bass and porgies.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar weighed a personal record 12-pound blackfish that Mikey Kim caught Saturday. There ere lots of sea bass, and those who fished well off bottom caught limits of the bigger bass.