The Point Pleasant Elks must be breathing a sigh of relief with the National Marine Weather Service forecast showing no winds over 10 knots until Sunday afternoon. Last year’s weather at this time was so windy that the fluke tournament on Saturday had to be postponed — and the outlook for Sunday was no better. As of today, the inshore forecast is for north at 10 knots tomorrow morning, dropping to 5 in the afternoon. Friday starts at 5 knots from the north and shifts to south at the same speed in the afternoon.
John De Bona, of The Fisherman magazine, took his grandchildren fluking at the south end of Point Pleasant Canal this morning, where they enjoyed good action with short fluke on the pier at the end of Bay Avenue. With a 3/8-ounce jig from Castaways Tackle down the block in Point Pleasant and Fishbites he got the kids into a bite that produced five fluke for (Nico Dufkis (6) of Westfield that included one which might have made 18 inches but shook off as John lifted it. Rocco (8) added another short fluke. John said there were lots of crabs being caught there.
Capt. Vinnie Vetere reports striper fishing from his Katfish out of Great Kills has been good. He’s running open tomorrow, and is also available Friday and Sunday.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported decent fishing for bonito, blues and chub mackerel after the early northeast wind settled out.