The Manasquan Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open concluded today as boaters finally got the right weather for an overnighter that will probably shake up the leaderboards.

Capt. Chris De Stefano was part of the crew on Frank Criscola’s Crisdel out of Brielle Yacht Club called to report they were heading to the scales with a box full of yellowfin tuna that might be in competition for the “stringer” Calcutta. Chris had heard there were a couple of bigeyes caught, and there were two 92.45-pound tuna on Blue Runner and Let It Bleed that were tied going into the last day.

Chris said not everyone scored even though there were schools of yellowfins breaking on the surface — though they wouldn’t hit for trollers. As has been the case, night fishing was a dud. I’ll have more about this in tomorrow’s blog plus the contest results.

There was more good news from the Raritan Bay fleet relative to fluking. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said there were relatively few fares aboard, but everyone went home with fish as both keeper fluke and sea bass cooperated.  There was one limit, a 7.5-pound fluke took the pool, and there were several in the 3-5-pound class.

The forecast for tomorrow is good, with east winds at 10-15 knots and 2-3-foot seas.

I did nothing in the Spring Lake surf this morning. There was some very small bait present, but only a couple of small blues were reported. There was some excitement Friday as an angler fishing with shrimp caught a strange fish that looks to be a very small permit or a large pompano. The photo passed over to me by Greg  Tirpak for identification isn’t much good for that purpose, but I”ll try to get it in tomorrow’s blog.

Jim Gates got into cocktail blues in the Bay Head surf this morning — and added a Spanish mackerel.


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