The largest party boat fluke reported to this blog so far was caught today on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Ron Santee reported that Joe the Plumber lost a monster in the morning, but came back in the afternoon to boat a 3-pounder, a 5-pounder — and then a 31 1/2-inch doormat that weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces. That fish was 14 inches wide, and takes over the lead in the Big Pool. Santee noted that there were a couple of other limits boated plus some of the largest sea bass he’s seen inshore. Harry Fenger of Wayne, who Santee says has been fishing on party boats for over 70 years, was happy to limit Thursday up to the pool-winning 5.4-pound fluke. Santee will be sailing tomorrow, but staying out of the wind.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter also had more keepers during today’s fluking out of Atlantic Highlands. He’ll be fishing in protected Raritan and Sandy Hook bays tomorrow.

At Belmar, he Golden Eagle had an OK day today with some bluefish, sea bass and chub mackerel considering that the wind came up. They’ve cancelled for Saturday morning. The Big Mohawk had a 10 1/8-pound doormat on Wednesday, while a fluke around 7 pounds won yesterday when there were several limits and many 3-4-pound fluke.

Good reports of yellowfin tuna at the mid-range areas continue to be posted on Facebook, but weather conditions may put that fishery on hold. Small craft warnings are going up this evening, and the forecast is for northeast winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 in the morning.

The NE wind was moderate this morning when I cast briefly at Bay Head, but there were none of the small blues that were there the morning before.

Mimi VI from Pt. Pleasant will sail open for bottom fishing on Aug, 21. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.

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