Frank Criscola’s Crisdel made its first canyon trip of the season yesterday from Brielle Yacht Club to Hudson Canyon, which turned on after having been poor earlier in the week. Capt. Chris Di Stefano was aboard as the crew trolled five bigeye tuna up to about a 200-pounder plus lots of mostly small yellowfin and bluefin tuna up to a 40-pounder — and went two out of three on white marlin opportunities. Earlier in the week boats were running all the way to Wilmington Canyon where it was mostly yellowfins.
It’s officially summer now, and the rainy weather is supposed to give us a break, though a few showers remained today. It was actually perfect for fishing in Shark River this morning, but Vinny D’Anton was the only angler to get any action even though that amounted to losing a school striper on his Chug Bug while getting three other surface strikes. He later made up for that with two schoolies in the Manasquan surf. Frank Manzi caught a surf schoolie that had a mouth full of sand flies (mole crabs) that were still alive. I ended up in Spring Lake and released a 24-inch striper that inhaled a Band of Anglers Spin Dart.
Joe Melillo reports from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that the best bet is a good run of blowfish from the pier at the south end of Point Pleasant Canal. Clams have been working, and he has rigs for that fishing. There’s no better eating in the ocean than blowfish — chicken of the sea.
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that a skin diver shot a 6-pound sheepshead in Shark River Inlet. That species is common in South Jersey and up to the south jetty of Barnegat Inlet, but rare north of that.
The Golden Eagle from that port put a charter party into all the sea bass and ling they wanted today. Saturday is the last day for N.J. sea bass fishing. It will reopen from July 1 to Aug. 31, but with only two fish at a 12 1/2-inch minimum as a by-catch for fluke fishermen.
Fluke fishing remains a pick in the Raritan Bay area, but several party boats will be added to the fleet seeking then when sea bass go out-of-season.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports surf fishing has been slow the last few days, but they’re hoping for a return of the black drum that created so much excitement last Friday. Some kingfish are being reported in the surf.
The weather is looking up this weekend with northwest winds at 10-15 knots and gusts to 20 on Saturday. A great looking Sunday features 10 knot northwest winds that should be perfect for heading offshore to the mid-range tuna grounds or for sharking in the continuing mako tournaments.