The last striped bass hearing in N,J, is being run from 6-8:30 this evening at the Bay Ave. Community Center, 775East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin,
Paul Haertel came up with another big one yesterday when he fed a whole squid to a 10.35-pound doormat fluke that was weighed at Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park. That was Paul’s second lifetime doormat — and the second on his boat this year. He was drifting around a wreck in 82 feet off Barnegat Inlet.
The surf was beautiful, but unproductive for me this morning except for what was probably a small bluefish that hit my Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper but got off in the undertow. The weather is turning on us, with 20-25-knot winds plus gusts to 25 tonight and into tomorrow when it shifts to east. It’s likely that party boats may cancel trips, so check first before coming down. It looks good for the weekend so far.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had all the blues you want jigging today with choppers up to 7 pounds. Some porgies were also jigged plus sea bass that were released.