My garage sale is on Saturday from 8-2 and Sunday from 8-noon — rain or shine. The address is 1552 Osprey Ct., Manasquan Park, NJ 08736. Call 732 757-5531 for information.
There are lots of rods of all kinds, including giant tuna models as low as $25 — plus tables of lures, lines and accessories. A display of Stan Gibbs original wood lures is available, as are rare Mitchell lever drag big game reels. There are videos on many subjects, and my books as well as others. Old fishing magazines and catalogs are free with any purchase.
Striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay was a bit tougher today. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said shorts were hungry, but they only had one keeper on his Sea Hunter by 10 a.m. They did get a shot of action later that included a few keepers as well as two black drum in the 60-80-pound class. They are fishing tomorrow, but will be taking Sunday off due to the weather.
Capt. Vinnie Vetere trolled bass in the back of the bay on Ho-Jos from his Katfish out of Great Kills. It wasn’t up to yesterday’s bite when there were schools of bunkers up and bass chasing them.
Hooked on the Hudson is on for Saturday at Ross Dock in Palisades Interstate Park from 9-3. This is the 34th edition of that event sponsored by the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. There’s a free fishing contest from 9-1:30, and both loaner tackle and bait are included at no charge. There’s also a kid’s casting contest in the morning. For info call Peter Musse at 201 233-3119.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing for stripers and blues Saturday and Sunday at 7:30.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has an open striped bass trip for $100 on Sunday which is restricted to 15 fares. They’ll be doing the open bottom trips for $80 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 7 a.m. Call 732 370-8019.
Capt. Stan Zagleski is sailing for striped bass out of Bahrs in Highlands with his Elaine B II until the fluke and sea bass seasons open.
The New York season for scup opened this week, and their fluking begins Saturday.
Nick Honachefsky reported the first jumbo bluefish I’ve heard of so far — a 14-pounder he caught casting an Ava 17 in Manasquan River yesterday — and added a 25-inch striper on an SP Minnow.
I only took a few casts from shore in the river this morning because of the raw east wind blowing in my face. A move to Point Pleasant Canal put the wind at my back and I managed to release two 3-pound blues while missing a few other hits on a white Z Man paddletail. There were a few other similar blues picked while I was there.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park weighed a 40-inch, 22.9-pound striper caught Thursday evening in IBSP by 9-Jason Saltes and his son Jarrett on cut bunker.
The forecast for Saturday is north winds at 5 knots early, switching to the southeast in the afternoon with possible showers and fog.