Aiden Moorby lives a long way from saltwater in Franklin, Tennessee, but he broke into fishing in a big way this morning as Chuck Many put him into both striped bass and fluke aboard Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands.
That was a big contrast from my first boat trip many decades ago in Freeport, Long Island when I was thrilled with a single blowfish. His mother, Ally, was aboard along with my son, Mike, who will be marrying her Monday afternoon on the Manasquan beach.
Chuck figured Shrewsbury River would be the ideal place for a young man’s first fish, and that was exactly the way it was. Aiden, who’s going into seventh grade, responded perfectly to instructions and was soon bent over the side by small, but hard fighting schoolies on sandworms. He then wanted to catch a fluke, and Chuck only had to shift the drift a few yards as Aiden quickly caught on to hooking fluke on a white 4-inch Gulp tipped with a sandworm. They were all shorts, though Aiden surprised us with an 18-19-incher that fell off as Chuck lifted it over. Before the short morning trip was over we had released 15 stripers up to 26 inches plus 10 fluke — and a new angler got his start in a sport which will fascinate him for many years to come. Fishing conditions were beautiful this morning, and tomorrow also looks fine with north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 before switching to southwest at just 5-10 knots in the afternoon.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another fine day of variety fishing with all the chub mackerel desired along with blues and ling. Sea bass had to be released, but the summer by-catch limit of two at 12 1/2 inches starts July 1 and runs through Aug. 31.
Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports lots of small blues in the wash, while small stripers are feeding in the trough on sand fleas. Fluke are also in close, and one angler caught 10 on brown Gulp. The inlet is producing small blues and bonito,
Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina notes the appearance in the surf of Spanish mackerel, while triggerfish are in the inlet. Small bass are in the surf, but in calm weather he says they don’t seem to hit anything.
Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is sailing open for bottom fishing at 7 a.m. from July 1-3 plus 9 and 11. Call 732 370-8019.