A northeast wind predicted for tomorrow will add to the ocean swell problem caused by faraway Hurricane Paulette, resulting in small craft warnings through Tuesday afternoon though we may get an earlier break. The morning forecast is for northeast at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 before dropping off to east at just 5-10 in the afternoon.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee is anxious to get out again with his Fishermen after even a nasty ocean on Sunday didn’t turn off the large fluke. Jung Kim took the pool with an 8 5/16-pounder that was ounces short of the 8 3/4-pounder he boated last week, Check with Santee about tomorrow. The Sea Hunter is waiting until at least Wednesday, and the Prowler won’t sail again until Thursday. The Prowler’s largest fluke of the season was taken on Aug. 31 when Mike Massoyan of Bloomfield had a 29-inch doormat that was 11.8 pounds on the digital scale.
The Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands won’t be fluking again until Wednesday.
The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reports the yellowfin tuna run remains hot. Though they are booked up, reservations are being taken for a former skipper running a similar boat. That boat has open boat spots at $995 a person leaving Tuesday night to fish Wednesday — and also on four dates in October.
Some mullet are being spotted in the surf as that annual fall run gets started. There’s been a bit of bass activity in the Monmouth County surf, where Tommy Cox had a hot bite on jigs Friday afternoon, and Vinny D’Anton released a 30-inch striper this morning after it hit his Chug bug in between waves. I cast a popper into rough surf at Spring Lake this morning, but saw no signs of life. Nick Nonachefsky of Saltwater Underground reported catching small blues in Manasquan River this morning.