The Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County held their annual Past President’s Dinner Tuesday night in Mountainside Inn at Clifton. Big fish awards were presented, including a surprising tie at 14 pounds for blackfish caught by Rey Munez and Craig Zincavage. What are the odds of two such trophy fish being enterted in a club fishing  contest?

Munez also won for a 23-pound, 2-ounce cod. Another outstanding catch was Dan Tobia’s 45-pound striper. Other winners were Bill Fish with a 3-pound flounder; Joe Salib for an 11.8-pound fluke; Serge Radossi with a 10 1/4-pound pollock; Rick Swarthe for a 2.95-pound porgy; and Lou Castellano with a 5 1/8-pound sea bass. 7The SWABC was formed in 1937 with the late outdoor writer Bill Backus as the first president. John Toth been president since 2014, as well as seven other years. For information about membership visit http://www.swabc.org.

Winter flounder fishing has been very poor so far, but Bob Matthews of Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina knew of three being caught from the docks there yesterday,

Jim Louro of Spring Lake launched his new Vicki Lynn (named for his deceased mother) at Toms River yesterday. A couple of small stripers were jigged in the river, but the southeast wind killed the fishing.

I made a few casts into Point Pleasant Canal early this morning with a Tsunami Shad, but didn’t stick it out in the light rain very long. The regulars at Castaways Tackle in Pount Pleasant said they had tried the canal during the night without success. There are some stripers in the ocean as dead bass have been floating up on the beach after being ripped out of a gillnetter’s net deployed near shore.

The weather is turning on us as small craft advisories are up  through Friday afternoon. Tonight’s southeast winds up to 30 knots switch to west at up to 30 knots in the morning and into Saturday.

 

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