March 17 is the last day for submitting comments to the ASMFC relative to the recent scoping hearings on both bluefish and fluke. The e-mail address for bluefish is mseeley@asmfc.org — and for fluke, sea bass and scup it’s jbeaty@asmfc.org.

Andrea’s Toy from Keyport noted on Facebook that their first trip in Raritan Bay produced six stripers up to a 28-incher on Sunday. There was lots of bird life.

Joe Massa gave it a short try that day along with Herman Peters on his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. Bunker were everywhere, and it was no problem to net then — but live baits weren’t bothered at all. They ended up catching three small stripers in shallow waters on the NJ side with bloodworms. Massa said he never saw so many gannets diving in the bay. Water temperatures were still low at 46-47 degrees in a chilly east wind.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had nice weather for Sunday’s cod trip, and got into more ling than the previous trip. Two keeper cod were also boated.

Southeast winds at 10 knots are forecast for the morning, with patchy fog and possible light rain. The wind shifts to southwest in the afternoon.

Sad news was received about a couple of North Jersey old-timers.

Manny Luftglass passed away in Lake Worth, Fl. last month at 84 after suffering complications from the flu. Manny wrote many fishing books, did some fishing columns for local papers and radio fishing reports.  He was twice elected as mayor of Somerville. His boat was named Gone Fishin, and I’m sure that’s what he’s doing now in heavenly waters.

Manny Luftglass

The Hudson River Fisherman’s Association lost Fred Rung, a former vice president and 2013 winner of the HRFA’s highest honor– the Pete Barrett Award.

 

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