Light tackle trolling appears to be rounding into shape at Barnegat Ridge which is fishable most days even for relatively small boats.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro has been into that fishing with his Hi Flier out of Barnegat, and will be running open to the Ridge tomorrow, He charges $150 with a limit of four on the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ridge trips. On Sunday, Hi Flier will run off for tuna to the mid-range grounds or even to the canyons if necessary. Call 732 330-5674 for info.
Chris has been finding some legal weakfish and fluke in Barnegat Bay. However, on Monday only one weak was caught before he took Wayne Hopkins of Kutztown, Pa. and Jim Soch from West Milford, N,J. into the inlet where they cast with light tackle to release 12 stripers from 22 to 27 inches.
Another open boat tuna possibility may be Saturday to Sunday on the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant. Call 732 272-4445 about that canyon overnighter.
Capt. Chris De Stefano was aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club last week when they fought a bigeye tuna on 50-pound for two hours before subduing the 265-pounder. That would be a sure big money-winner in the Ocean City White Marlin Open which runs from Aug. 5-9 in Maryland. Chris has heard that white marlin have been hitting in Wilmington Canyon, but there haven’t been any tuna there.
Capt. Vinny Vetere reports striper fishing has been good every day from his Katfish out of Great Kills. He has room Friday and Saturday. Call 917 693-8908.
Shark River bluefish disappeared when Mike Casella was up here from Sarasota this week, but there was a flurry of top water action again this morning. I released three from 4 to 6 1/4 pounds on a Pili Popper, before catching another on a Z-Man paddle tail.