Both Mako Fever and Mako Mania are providing a choice of fishing days this year that will allow boaters to choose one with suitable weather conditions for the vessel.
The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers have a nine-day format starting Saturday. The captains meeting is at 6:30 June 14 in the Manasquan River Club. Visit jcsa.org for the rules. Mako Fever also has an arrangement with the Staten Island Tuna Club’s Monster Mako Shark Tournament in which anglers can enter both contests and fish under the same regs. In addition, by entering both contests and adding $100, boats can be entered in a thresher challenge that will pay out $25,000 for largest over 450 pounds.
The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association will run Mako Mania from June 15-23. The captains meeting is at 6:30 June 14 in Wehrlen Brothers Marina on Princeton Ave. in Brick. Visit makomanianj.com or call 732 892-3666.
Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen in Atlantic Highlands reports fluking remains poor, so he went right to sea bass fishing and had a fine catch that included a flounder, ling and ocean pout. The latter still have to be released.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into blues early, but only a few were caught before they left for a good catch of sea bass that included a triple of keepers. The first bonito I’ve heard of was also boated.
It’s unlikely that anyone will sail tomorrow as the weather turns after midnight and there will be east winds at 20-25 knots before shifting to southeast in the afternoon,
Allen Riley checked the Sandy Hook surfcasting at dawn, and had no competition from other surfcasters or fish. Fresh bunker and lures were ignored.
Vinny D’Anton and I joined Frank Manzi in finding nothing from shore in Shark River before checking the Belmar surf where we saw party boats trying to jig blues about a quarter-mile offshore. Vinnie and I ended up in Spring Lake where we fished sand fleas with little success. Vinny hooked a doubleheader of school stripers, but one got off just before the surf line. I got the skunk off with a 22-incher. Jerry Lasko was fishing further to the south and released two shorts on fleas.
David Walsh reported fishing in Manasquan River the last two days with Gulp and catching plenty of short fluke. Of the 45 caught today from 6-11, about a third were 14-17 inches — which would have been fine with a commercial license which allows a 14-inch minimum.