The Jamaica from Brielle made a run offshore today in order to concentrate on bonito, but also came across the first signs of the late summer little tunny run off the Shore. They found them 16-20 miles from port, along with bonito as both jigs and bait worked.
Just as occurred over a decade ago, little tunny showed up offshore with school bluefins in June — and were a problem for tuna trollers. Yet, once again, they disappeared in a couple of weeks rather than moving inshore.
Effective lures for the toughest fighting inshore fish in our waters included epoxy jigs, Avas, Crippled Herring and Deadly Dicks. Nicholas Publicze from Bethlehem, Pa. won the pool with a 8-pounder. The Jamaica will make that trip again tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.
Apt. Vinny Vetere reports striper action on bunkers has been good in Hudson River from his Katfish out of Great Kills. He has room for one or two tomorrow — and is also open Thursday and Saturday.
The forecast for Tuesday is north at 5-10 knots, switching to southeast in the afternoon.
The MidAtlantic is underway, with 138 boats fishing the first day. I’ll add a blog after the scales close at 9 p.m.
Tony Pacititti struck it rich in the JCAA new format fluke tournament , led by Dave Pacitti’s 10.86-pound doormat. as they swept all fluke Calcuttas.
The leaderboard below shows all the standings down to Kevin Cole’s 3.31-pound sea bass that won a valuable Calcutta. Cole has been doing very well in the fluke tournaments this year.