Capt. Stan Zagleski usually finds a few doormat fluke each season with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands, and another was added Sunday as Ken Peters of Springfield, N.J. came through with a 10-pound, 5-ounce catch.
That was a good day for those using Gulp Grubs on jigs or big baits as some had fluke limits, and one angler limited on both fluke and sea bass. Pete Burrows of Hillside weighed a 7 3/16-pound fluke.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported better action with both keeper fluke and sea bass that day on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar had some fluke limits Sunday. They will sail at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
There wasn’t much doing this morning when I walked down to the Bay Head surf, though I did see one Spanish mackerel caught. I only baught one small bluefish o a small popper, but later found out that just a few blocks further south there was a blitz of cocktail blues pushing spearing up on the beach. Joe Melillo, of Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said he was kicking those small blues back in the water after they’d jimped up on the sand while chasing spearing.
I didn’t see any Spanish mackerel jumping offshore, but Ray Soriente ran his Boston whaler fout miles out of Manasquan inlet and found them mixed with cocktail blues. he managed to troll six Spanish.
Vinny D’Anton stuck with the Monmouth County surf and released three school stripers up to a 27 1/2-incher on his Chug Bug.
Allen Riley and John Mazzeo from South Plainfield hadn’t had much luck at Sandy Hook lately, but walked into a blitz of blues that Rilry said were feeding on spearing or rainfish. They hit readily before movin offshore, and ranged from snappers up to1-2-pound yelloweyes. Mazzeo kept some for strip baits, and caught short fluke steadily. Riley couldn’t get them on Gulp, but the hooked fluke up to a 17-incher on the strips.
Capy. Vinny Vetere took his party for the large porgies today on Katfish from Great Kills. They had lots of light tackle sport, but Vetere goes back to bunkers for stripers tomorrow on an open trip. Call him for a reservation at 917 693-8908. I tried to insert a porgy shot, but ended up with the striper shot from Saturday. You never know with Word Press.
The wind may change to northeast after midnight, but the forecast for the morning is still west at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and possible showers or thunder storms.
Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has an open bottom fishing trip on Wednesday at 6 a.m. The fare is $75. Call 732 370-8019.