If you’re a real gambler, the Grandpa Savino Memorial Tournament is made for you. For a $100 entry, you can try for the largest fluke exceeding 13 pounds in the contest to win $25,000 plus the usual contest payoffs depending on the number of entries — and Calcuttas you enter. Walter Fisher of the Staten Island Tuna Club has the information. Call him at 917 375-7607 or visit http://www.situnaclub.com.
The Raritan Bay Anglers Club finally got some results from last Saturday’s 29th annual Charity Fluke Tournament up on their Facebook page. The name of the winner was spelled Frank Olma, rather than Olmia as with the photo of his doormat that appeared in the blog. The Monroe Township angler was credited with 12.7 pounds for his doormat that ran away with the contest. He was fishing with Cliff Hanson, who’s been fishing this contest for 20 years. It was caught near the Verrazano Bridge on a combination of a Spro bucktail with Gulp and a killie.
Bill Reilly of Morganville was second at 9.5 pounds, and Manuel Prado of Union took third at 8.25 pounds after having won last year. There was a huge payout of $25,000, almost all of which should have gone to the winner — but he wasn’t in any of the Calcuttas!
A 5-pound fluke will win a fluke rod made by Joey La Monica of Joey’s Custom Rods in the Grandpa Savino contest. If one exactly that size isn’t weighed, the rod goes to the closest. In the event of a tie, the first weighed wins,
Capt. Ron Santee reported a better start today with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands after a very slow Thursday. Shorts were abundant, and some keepers were included up to the 4-pound pool winner.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a decent catch of bonito today along with some blues and ling — all on jigs.
There was a showing of bluefish in Shark River this morning. Though they haven’t been abundant this summer, just about every one caught would be an easy pool winner on the bluefish party boats passing by us as even a 5-pounder would be a large pool winner in the ocean.
Frank Manzi said he had just released a 10-pounder on a popper when I waded out to him, and I hooked one just a bit smaller on a Pili Popper. Tommy Cox was also into the blues and added the only striper I saw. Joe Blaze was back with his fly rod and released blues of about 4 and 7 pounds. Manzi also recued another horseshoe crab that wouldn’t have survived.
Bob Correll reported the Bay Head surf was surprisingly rough considering the lack of wind in the morning, and nothing was being caught. I saw a cownose ray released by a surfcaster there earlier in the week.
Light winds continue Saturday morning, with 5-10 knot west predicted before increasing to southwest 10-15 in the afternoon. Sunday’s forecast is the same.