Whales suddenly showed up today at many points along the Shore as they blasted into huge schools of adult bunkers. It was quite a show for those walking the boardwalks as well as for surfcasters. There didn’t appear to be any stripers or blues in all of those bunkers, but their presence should soon attract those predators — especially with waters cooling a bit to set up the fall migration from the east.
Low water after days of northwest winds was a problem for surfcasters, but both Vinny D’Anton and Jim Louro released a school striper at Manasquan on a Chug Bug. I opted to cast in Point Pleasant Canal and caught two small stripers on a Z Man 6-inch Swimmereez paddletail.
Nick Honachefsky went down to the Normandy Beach area in mid-morning and got into small bonito. There were only scattered schools of small blues in the evening. but Bob Correll of Bay Head managed to follow the schools long enough to catch five small blues on metal.
Allen Riley didn’t find anything at Sandy Hook early in the morning, but John Mazzeo, also of South Plainfield, went there at 10 a.m. and got into a blitz of 3-to-4-pound blues. There were no little tunny, but he talked to anglers who had caught them the day before at Sandy Hook.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar didn’t fish today due to the wind, but they had a church group from western Pa. out the night before for great bluefishing plus porgies and some bonito and sea bass. They went back on the bus with 300 to 400 pounds of fillets to feed the whole church with.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be sailing open for bottom fish on Friday at 7 a.m. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.