It’s all over but the shouting for fluke anglers in both N.J. and N.Y. Saturday as that’s the last day fluke may be retained, though surfcasters will be catching some while fishing for other species probably into November.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar will be going out with a blast as there will be a $50 pool tomorrow for those wishing to participate. They sail at 6 a.m.
Also at Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported a good day of bluefish jigging with choppers up to 10 pounds.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports lots of small blues in the surf on mullet. Polish Al had a surf fluke limit up to a 2.5-pounder yesterday.
T worked the Monmouth County surf early in hope of fishing a calmer surf with the switch to west winds. Unfortunately, a larger swell from the hurricane far offshore made it hard to find fishable water around low tide. I still got one shot in the white water, and it was a beauty as a striper charged my Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr, and threw water as he hit the 2-oz. popper. That explosion looked like a big bass, but it didn’t take any drag and didn’t feel heavy before coming unhooked. Yet, it was one of those surface strikes that will always be remembered — especially being so unexpected. That didn’t get anything started as I never raised another fish.
There are still small craft warnings for hazardous seas posted into Saturday afternoon, but light winds are forecasted with just 5-10 knots west in the morning before switching to southwest in the afternoon. Seas up to five feet, mostly from an east swell, will drop to 2-3 feet in the afternoon.
The Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo will be open at First Energy Park in Lakewood from 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is $5, except free for kids 12 and under. For details visit jerseyboatexpo.com
There was a fine turnout this morning for Eddie “Hammer” Zimny’s funeral in Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head. His many fishing friends didn’t know that Eddie had escaped death back in 1960. Though his Navy service from 1953-1957 was no problem, he was working as a civilian aboard the aircraft carrier Constellation in Brooklyn Navy Yard when a massive fire started. Eddie escaped through a hatch and had to jump in the icy East River to escape from the fire that killed 46. He suffered from smoke poisoning, exposure and rib fractures before being plucked from the water. He had only been married three months at that time, but lived to raise a family and enjoy many years chasing stripers and bluefish in the surf and Point Pleasant Canal. — which is where Maren Toleno caught this 30-inch striper recently at dusk on a popper.