July is fluke tournament month, and some big ones are coming up.

The 35th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament maintains the two-day format on July 13-14. The captains meeting is 7 p.m. July 12 in the Senior Citizen’s Building at Atlantic Highlands Harbor. For info visit sandyhookbayanglers.com –or call 732 787-4008.

The Raritan Bay Anglers hold their 29th annual Fluke Tournament on one day, July 13. The captains meeting is on July 11 at Perth Amboy Moose Lodge. For info visit raritanbayanglersclub.org.

The Staten Island Tuna Club has two fluke tournaments. The Richie Addeo is coming up July 6. Call 917 440-6959. The Grandapa Savino Memorial on July 20 includes a $25,000 prize for the heaviest fluke over 13 pounds. Call Walter Fisher at 917 375-7607. The e-mail site for both contests is situnaclub.com.

The big money event later in the month is the Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament that ran into bad luck with weather warnings last year and had to be cancelled. They’re set for July 27, following the July 26 captains meeting at the lodge. Visit pointpleasantelks.org. A kayak division is included.

The first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament was contested today. I’ll have any results during a beautiful day in tomorrow’s blog.

I got to Shark River a bit late today, as Vinny D’Anton and Tommy Cox had already released several school stripers and 5-6-pound blues on poppers, but found the last of those blues on my Chug Bug to break a season-long drought in that river. Tommy later plugged a bigger blue, and Vinny added a bass on a Tsunami Sand Eel.

Bob Correll fished Bay Head at dawn, but reported a dead surf. Joe Melillo, at Castaway’s Tackle in Point Pleasant heard of only one small blue caught in the surf early this morning.

Jerry Lasko reports that Maren Toleno fished for sharks last night in the Bay Head surf and landed both a small sand tiger and a whiptail ray too big to get it up on the sand.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reports small blues up to 3 pounds are hitting bunker or mullet in the surf.  Voitek Moduszewski beached a 34-inch 13.45-pound striper on clam.

Betty & Nick’s noted that Gillikin’s is finally open for IBSP beach buggies.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle didn’t find any bluefish today, but they had some whiting on bottom along with sea bass and ling. The Big Mohawk had a tough fluking trip Wednesday due to lack of drift. They will be sailing at 6 a.m. Friday, and 5:30 over the weekend.

Though bluefish are hard to come by inshore, mid-range tuna trollers are having a hard time getting through them.  Not all of the blues are large, but they all love balao. The little tunny that had been interfering with tuna trolling earlier seem to have moved.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had slow fluking Wednesday, but a few larger fish that included a 4.7-pounder and a 5.15 that took the lead in the monthly pool — plus a 6-pound pool winner.

Friday’s marine forecast is for southeast winds at just 5-10 knots with patchy fog in the morning. That direction should keep flies off the beaches.




  1. I was out yesterday on July 4th with my brother Dave. We noticed that the fluking Raritan Bay in Sandy Hook Bay have been very slow there are fish near if you put your time in. But no numbers perhaps try the edges of channels. Where the drop offs are the rivers are loaded with peanut bunker and spearing at this time and Candy cast net but the peanut bunkers are very small and will Gill themselves easily in the Nets. So wait a few weeks and they will grow very quickly the first Snappers of the season I have seen. And also are very small. So things are starting to happen as the waters continue to warm. As far as the Bridge Fishing is concerned well nobody was going to do it on the 4th of July. But I heard of some bass being taken there from time to time very late at night or first thing in the morning. Depending upon the tides. I’m waiting to see if the Spanish mackerel show up in Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay this year. I heard they were down south I haven’t heard more about them the last few days. But I will be making it attempt to try some deep water wrecks in the next week. Weather permitting


    1. Good points about the bait. Would be surprised to see Spanish mackerel come into Raritan Bay, but then I would have bet anything that they wouldn’t show in our surf in June.


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