The Manhattan Cup, presented by Yamaha Outboards, is returning to its new base at Liberty Landing Marina and Restaurant in Jersey City on June 7. Entrants can fish in their own boats or with some of the best charter skippers in the Metropolitan area. Combat vets, many of whom are disabled, will join in enjoying a day of striped bass and bluefish fishing in fly, artificial lure and bait divisions while being treated to a big breakfast, a gourmet lunch box, and then oysters on the half shell before a great dinner. The awards dinner also features a massive auction to benefit the vets and fishery conservation. I’ll have more about the Manhattan Cup in future blogs, but don’t hesitate to sign up for it now by calling Capt. Frank Crescitelli at 917 468-4867 or Gary Caputi at 732 740-9982.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said the ocean was too rough for comfortable fishing, so he fished his Sea Hunter in the bay where there was good action with short stripers plus a few keepers The forecast for Saturday may present an opportunity to get back in the ocean, but it doesn’t look good for Sunday and Monday.
Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen also got into lots of shorts plus a few keepers up to 15 pounds in the bay,
Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina, said big blues up to 16 pounds have moved into all of the local rivers and inlets. Quite a few fluke are being caught by anglers fishing for other species, and Bob asks anglers to carefully release them before the season opens on May 24. Blowfish are a good bottom fishing target now. Everyone is getting ready for the May 15 sea bass opener, and some party boats are booking special extended hours trips for that day.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing Saturday for blues and stripers at 7:30 a.m. — and then daily until the sea bass opener.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports excellent fishing for big blues in Barnegat Bay, but only a few small blues seem to be in the surf along with some stripers that are mostly on cut bunker
Mother’s Day is usually the starting point of bluefishing in the surf. Hopefully there will be some anglers trying it this weekend.
Saturday’s forecast is for northwest winds of only 10-15 knots. However, Sunday is a different story with east winds of 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 — and likely rain.