Last week was another great one in the canyons for the Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant. Adam La Rosa reports the totals for the two boats were over 100 tuna, including a 400-pound giant, 12 bigeyes and lots of smaller bluefins and yellowfins plus dolphin, a 96-inch,400-pound mako, a swordfish and four white marlin. Many of the smaller tuna were released since there was so much meat in he box. Canyon Runner coaching members were also in on the bite as one boat caught eight bigeyes on a day trip. For info on the coaching service and $899 last minute open boat seats call 732 272-4445- or e-mail email@example.com.
The 25th JCAA Fluke Tournament will be contested Saturday from ports throughout N. J. with identical prize packages at each ranging up to $1200 for first. Many Calcuttas will also be available plus a Doormat Fluke Prize of $50,000 for the largest fluke weighing over 12 pounds. The latter requires a $25 fee in addition to the $180 entrance fee. For lack of adding that $25. an angler last year with a fluke over 12 pounds was unable to bank that $50,000. This contest is a great deal, as even if you don’t catch a fish you’re still eligible for the June 20 drawing for the grand prize of a 14-foot StarCraft with a 9 HP Yamaha and Yacht Club trailer — plus many other prizes. To enter visit jcaa.org, or call the office at 732 506-6975.
Today’s rain is long gone, and the clearing west winds are knocking down the ocean swell. The Big Mohawk didn’t sail from Belmar due to the weather, but will be back at it in the morning along with most of the fleet as the forecast is for northeast winds at just 5-10 knots before switching to southeast at 10-15 in the afternoon.
Shark River wasn’t very productive this morning for shore casters, but Jason did plug two short stripers. Tommy Cox waded way out to cast poppers to 4-pound blues. Though Bill Hoblitsell did nothing on the fly there, he moved to the surf for a 24-inch bass. Vinny D’Anton ended up switching to sand fleas in the surf and quickly released bass of 25 and 24 inches before that bite shut off.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported weekend surf fishing was tough, and there were few anglers in Monday’s weather, but a keeper-size striper was caught on bunker in the surf this morning. Blues are still being hooked in the bay.