The long-awaited movement of mullet out of backwaters and into the surf for their migration to the south is finally getting underway. That should activate school stripers, but that hasn’t happened as yet.
Vinny D’Anton fished three Monmouth County beaches this morning under ideal conditions, and found a school of mullet at one — but there was no sign of bass around them. It’s just a matter of time before stripers find one of their favorite prey items, and when they are on mullet there are many small plugs that become effective, especially poppers.
Allen Riley fished Sandy Hook this morning along with John Mazzeo and Duke Matero. They saw lots of mullet in the wash, though nothing was on them. Allen caught a couple of cocktail blues on a Mann-O-Lure at dawn, and strips from those fish attracted bites from fluke — though all were small.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported the mullet run started in earnest Sunday, and they’re now loaded with that fresh bait. Little tunny were spotted of the beaches on Saturday.
Bob Correll reported good casting conditions in the Bay Head surf this morning and late afternoon, but nothing was being caught.
There wasn’t much of a small bluefish bite on jigs in Pint Pleasant Canal this morning despite the lack of boat traffic. It had actually been better on Sunday with lots of boats going through,
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported having to chase bluefish around today, but ended up with a good catch on jigs along with some porgies and fluke.
Fluke fishing is picking up in the ocean as the bottom settles. The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported several limits today plus more shorts. The pool winner was around 6 1/2 pounds. They’ll be sailing at 6:30 a.m.
The forecast for tomorrow is east winds at 5-10 knots.