There were no doormats caught during yesterday’s JCAA Fluke Tournament by 188 boats competing out of seven weigh-in ports.  Jesse McLean of Toms River made the most of his 8.79-pound fluke weighed at Manasquan River as it was the largest overall, and he was entered in all Calcuttas  at his port and overall to end up with a total of $10,870.

In a recent blog I called Dave Lilly of Hazlet the top fluke pro in NJ. as attested to by his many tournament wins. Lilly didn’t want to make a liar out of me, so he teamed with Brian Farmer on his 23-foot Grady White along with Mark Capalbo of Dumont and the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County to boat the latter’s 5.45-pound fluke that was just short of the 5.5-pound winner at Sandy Hook by Steve Kelly of Jersey City. However, Kelly wasn’t in the $100 Calcutta that fell into Lilly’s lap — and they also raced across Raritan Bay to an unpublicized contest in Woodbridge to add that to their winnings. Lilly said they almost tore the boat apart in the 30-knot south winds going across the bay, and barely made the weigh-in.

Dawn Jacobson of Bridgewater won at Jersey City with a 5.59-pound fluke, and Andrew Green from Pa. took Shark River at 5.78 pounds over Don Marantz of Clarksburg with a 5.04-pound entry.  The Southern Regional winner was Tony Mosloskie from Essington, Pa. at 5.53 pounds. I’ll have more about this contest tomorrow. For a complete list of winners visit

At Seaside Park, Betty & Nick’s Tackle reports Steven Wilfing weighed a 22 1/4-pound striper that hit bunker in the surf. Though bluefish didn’t hit at the docks yesterday evening, there were lots of semi-tropical houndfish there.

Grumpy’s Tackle reports more black drum in the surf up to a 19.4-pounder yesterday evening by Chris Pitcher on clam.

Saturday’s hard south wind in the afternoon lowered surf water temperatures, and we got more of that this afternoon.








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