Capt. Dave De Gennaro got into the hot bluefin tuna bite off the central N.J. Shore on Memorial Day, and was limited out with 40-to-100-pounders by noon on his Hi Flier from Barnegat.. A call from Brian on the Dora Lee put him into the area of feeding whales and dolphins where the bluefins were gorging on sand eels.
The hot trolling lured were the Chatter Side tracking Bars which produced three tuna, and the Superbird Bar that lured the other tuna. Jim and Brady Trainor, Chip De Paul and Chris Whiting, all from Cherry Hill, were the anglers. Hi Flier is running an open tuna trip on Sunday. Call 732 330-5674 for info.
The Jamaica from Brielle had many limits of sea bass plus ling on its daily 7:30 a.m. trip. A monkfish (angler) was also caught . Alex Bell (8) of Whippany won the pool with a 4-pound ling.
The Jamaica has room on a tilefish trip departing at 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Allen Riley had good news from the Sandy Hook surf this morning as his South Plainfield partner John Mazzeo fished fresh cut bunker to beach a 38-inch striper estimated at 22 pounds before release.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar was into lots of small blues this morning, but they had a hard time catching them. A switch to bottom fishing produce a pick of sea bass.
Bob Correll and I joined Mike Heany of Allendale on his first trip of the season aboard his Sea Vee from Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant. We didn’t leave until 10 a.m., but found lots of bunkers just north of the inlet and up to Asbury Park, but there were no signs of stripers in them. North of there we didn’t see any bunkers. There were a few bluefish cuts on our live baits. Pound-size blues came up under birds as they fed on rainfish, and we caught some on metal.
I have lots more news to catch up on, but am still having writing problems with Word Press. Will try to catch up tomorrow.