The 38th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Club Fluke Tournament continues to follow its two-day format, but even that wasn’t enough to produce a doormat from among the over 100 boats entered. Those entered in Saturday’s Grandpa Savino Memorial Tournament sponsored by the Staten Island Tuna Club will have to do a lot better in order to claim a $25,000 prize for the largest fluke over 13 pounds. For info call Walter Fisher at 917 375-7607, or visit situnaclub.com.
There was plenty of action during the two beautiful days as more than 60 fluke were weighed in. Brian Dunn of the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers reports that the $3000 winner was Ryan Belusko from Coplay, PA as angler Mike Kalincheck boated a near-doormat of 9.6 pounds that was 28 1/2 inches long. He won clearly over two 8.4-pounders. Wade Piscadlo from Manville won the second place $1,000 with his 27-incher over Tom Licknack of Hightstown who settled for the third place $600 for his 28-incher on a time basis.
Then there was a three-way tie at 6.8 pounds, with the $350 for fourth going to Don Howard of Perth Amboy with a 25 1/4-incher that was the Saturday leader and earned him another $200. Mike Ramirez from Matawan won $250 for fifth with a 26-incher — and fluke pro Vito Manzi from Morganville had an identical fluke for sixth and $125. Finishing up were two 6.4-pounders. Eugene Duffner of Freehold received $100 for his 24 1/4-incher, and James Romano of Port Monmouth had a 23-incher for $75. The ladies prize of a rod and reel was taken by Janet Stone of Succasunna with a 4.2-pound entry.
After trying to get results of Saturday’s Raritan Bay Anglers Club Fluke Tournament since that day, it appears I’ll have it for tomorrow’s blog.
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that there are lots of mostly short fluke in Shark River though a 5-pounder was caught over the weekend from one of his rental skiffs. The party boats are finding more keepers offshore. Triggerfish are in the inlet along with sea robins and stargazers — and kingfish are biting in the surf.
Capt. Chris De Stefano said Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club caught two swordfish in the 100-pound class and kept one in South Toms. He heard that the mid-range bluefin bite was good, and Phil Fischer confirmed that as he got fillets from a friend who trolled feathers 20-40 miles offshore without hooking up before switching to sub-surface spoons to keep one out of four tuna.
Great weather continues as the forecast for Tuesday is west winds at 5 knots before going south in the afternoon at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported a good Sunday chumming trip with some limits of small blues on jigs plus bonito (see photo below) — and chub mackerel on bait. They’re sailing daily for that fishing at 7:30 a.m.