Bluefish in the 2-5-pound class were breaking on the surface again today, and the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that it was “all you want” fishing again.
The Jamaica from Brielle was into that action yesterday, and reported a sew bigger blues among them — such as the pool-winning 10-pounder by Jose Mendoza of Philadelphia. Some bonito and Spanish mackerel were mixed in along with even a blackfish. They noted that there are two large bodies of blues in the area.
Capt. Ron Santee had a good day with larger fluke on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Ron Santee Sr. was along to boat a 7.9-pound fluke. The pool went to Allan Mustachio, who had 5-pounder in a cooler of five keepers caught along with his brother. Santee also mentioned an 8-pound triggerfish. More about that tomorrow. He also noted that anglers should bring heavy rods as 10-ounce sinkers may be required.
There was less wind today, and the forecast for the morning finally includes west winds that might settle the ocean except for swells from the offshore hurricane. The morning should see 10-15-knot northwest winds with 3-4-foot seas.
The surf was still rough and unproductive this morning when Vinny D’Anton tried to plug at Manasquan. A move to Shark River got him into good conditions, but the fish didn’t cooperate.
I worked Point Pleasant Canal with Z Man paddletails, but didn’t hook up with a 4-pound bluefish until almost the end of the incoming. A few small blues were caught, and Jim Gates had a blue of about 8 pounds on that spit the hook on the surface. He later jigged two small stripers. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said a 26-inch fluke was caught at the canal pier yesterday by an angler casting mullet.