Fishing is usually tough in the ocean after an extended northeast blow, and it seems that few boats even tried it today.
The Golden Eagle did make it out from Belmar, and managed fair bluefishing on jigs for choppers up to 6 pounds. Some anglers caught 15 while others only had one or two.
The Elaine B. II from Highlands found fluke fishing conditions to be passable, though the waters were still cloudy. They managed a few fluke, but tomorrow should be better.
The forecast for the morning is west winds at just 5-10 knots, with 3-5-foot seas — and the possibility of showers. The upcoming week looks good with light winds right up to Thursday.
Canyon fishing had dropped off before the weather turned. Capt. Chris Di Stefano was part of the crew aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club as they ran all the way to Hendrickson’s Canyon for a 120-pound Allison tuna (a long-finned variation of the yellowfin) and a 50-pound albacore. The boat turned around for another trip to the Hudson, but only trolled a white marlin and a yellowfin there.
I cast in Point Pleasant Canal this morning, but only had a few light hits and saw just three cocktail blues caught while I was there.
The famed Spring Lake Live Liners club is welcoming new members. For details see Joe Melillo at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, or call him during working hours at 732 899-1363.