It was hard to believe the first rumors of bluefish arriving in N.J. during mid-March, but that’s been confirmed by several sources. There had been bunker here for some time, and those prey fish made news Saturday by dying in      droves long the shores of Shrewsbury River and possibly in other locations.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina knew about the bunker die-offs, and talked to someone who was in the back of Raritan Bay yesterday and saw anglers casting to small blues from shore. Matthews didn’t have any good news about winter flounder as none have been caught recently despite sunny, mild days. An angler who bought worms to fish for white perch at Island Heights ended up catching short stripers instead.

Joe Melillo reports from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that some of his regulars have tried the canal and the surf without a hit so far.

The Seaside Park shops report there are some small blues on bait in the back bay and from local docks.

The marine forecast remains good for Monday with east winds of 5-10 knots which switch to northwest at the same speeds on Tuesday.


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