The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into jigging blues right away today and reported there was no lull in the near-shore action on surfacing fish that make up in volume for their small size. The only other fish able to butt in on the action were some Spanish mackerel.
A couple of readers spotted my caption error in yesterday’s blog with photos of tackle dealer Bruce Hrobak and his son Tanner at the White House. The photo of them was with Ivanka Trump, not the First Lady.
There were some 3-4-pound bluefish in Shark River this morning which provided good popper sport for those with the patience to keep casting. I released five on a Storm Rattlin’ Bug — but there was no 30 1/2-inch striper such as I released yesterday or any striper at all.
Joe Blaze fished on his Boston Whaler in Manasquan River, and got into lots of cocktail blues on fly. He tried going deeper for larger blues, but only caught a short fluke. Joe complained about a very slow current.
Capt. Vinnie Vetere had good Tuesday striper fishing in the Hudson River, and has room for two anglers tomorrow on his Katfish from Great Kills.
After today’s weigh-ins are in, boaters in The MidAtlantic will only have two more days of canyon trolling to stake their claim on a share of a $3,528,760 purse. Once again I’ll add a late blog after the scales close at 9 p.m.
At this point there are no no fish on the leaderboards that look like sure winners. As expected, the first day’s 67-pound white marlin didn’t last, as Judge added a pound to take the lead in the big money division that is likely to go to a white over 70 pounds. One bigeye blast could wipe out all the tuna leaders where Dem Boys leads at 96 pounds. There are still no blue marlin over the 400-pound minimum, though quite a few blues have been released. There’s a tie at 33 pounds in dolphin between Reel Estate and and Top Dog. That is also likely to be beaten. The wahoo division jumped up from just 29 pounds to Chain Reaction’s 35 pounds — which is still small as wahoo go.
There’s a small craft advisory up this evening for southwest winds, but by morning that’s down to southwest at 10 — though gusting to 20. There’s a possibility of thunderstorms tomorrow evening.