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After getting into the best popper fishing for big fish that I’ve ever had in Point Pleasant Canal yesterday morning, there wasn’t a bluefish to be had there this morning. It wasn’t surprising that the big blues didn’t show, but there weren;t even the small blues which had been providing some daily action. Yesterday’s bite wasn’t really a blitz as there were no birds diving or bait being pushed out of the water. The big blues were just there, and we never would have known it if poppers and swimmers weren’t used.
The only report from Raritan Bay as of 5:45 was from Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter at Atlantic Highlands. After two days of struggling with fussy stripers that were almost impossible to hook, Rob said it was better today. The pool winner was 23 pounds.
Miss Belmar Princess reported getting into a couple of good shots of big blues.in the morning. If the Manasquan Inlet blues don’t show tomorrow, they’ll head north to seek stripers.
The forecast for Thursday is east winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20.
There was a general lack of shore action in the Point Pleasant area today as big blues seemed to take the day off. An angler at the inlet said there was a showing at 5:30 a.m.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported a weigh-in of a 30-inch, 10.85-pound striper on cut bunker in the IBSP surf by Tom Teall. Some blues are also being weighed.
Betty & Nick;s reported small blues are hitting bait in the surf, though the big ones are in the bay. Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Charters at Manasquan sent this shot of a bass that Mitch Wolcheck caught on a Tsunami bunker-colored shad in Raritan Bay.