Sunday’s gale and rain has anglers starting from scratch in terms of finding fish to catch. Vinny D’Anton checked the Monmouth County surf in a couple of areas, but found only big seas. The water wasn’t as discolored as expected, but there was no sign of fish or bait. He also saw lots of gannets diving offshore — a sign that sea herring have arrived.
I tried Point Pleasant Canal where the only fish I saw caught was about a 25-inch dtriper by Joe Melillo of Castaway’s Tackle in Point Pleasant.
There was good news from Capt. Ron Santee on the Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands. He found birds and bass “close to home” though they were fussy. There were some keepers and slots on the a.m. change of tide — and big bass hit at the end of the day. A 34-pounder took the pool, several from 15-22 pounds.
The Jamaica from Brielle has room on the Tuesday 7 a.m. canyon trip. For reservations at $400, call 732 528- 5014. Capt. Howard Bogan said Friday nights canyon trip was the best so far. “John Edgington from Lancaster PA and his two friends teamed up for a triple limit of yellowfin up to 65 lbs.
The marine forecast for Tuesday is east winds at 10-15 knots with 4-6-foot seas and a chance of rain
Capt. Hans Kaspersetz , of Sheri Berri at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, fished a two-day canyon trip Thursday to Friday last week on Waterproof out of Point Pleasant during which chunking produced three swordfish up to a 180-pounder by Hans along with 13 tuna including a bigeye on 40-pound line plus yellowfins and albacore. The photo was saved, but wouldn’t download. Will try it again tomorrow.
Daytime swordfishing is becoming very popular, especially in Florida. Below is a 319-pounder caught last week out of Ft. Lauderdale by Conner Correll on his father Todd’s boat. Todd is my nephew and has become one of the top private boat fishermen along the Gold Coast.