Though some giant bluefins already made a showing in NY/NJ Bight before that season closed, they’ve been replaced by some mediums that can be targeted. N.Y. skipper John McMurry has been specializing in “running and gunning” with anglers ready to cast poppers and jigs to hefty bluefins — and has gotten into early bluefins such as the one below,
Striped bass aren’t running quite that large, but many of those being caught n the Raritan Bay ara are well above the maximum length. Capt. Vinny Vetere has been doing very well with them on his Katfish out of Great Kills, but due to a scheduling problem may have from Friday to Sunday open for chaters. Call him at 917 693-8968.
Sea bass fishing remains very good, but some N.J. boats will be switching to fluke with the opening of that season on Saturday. After a year off due to the pandemic, the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament returns to Island Beach State Park on Sunday — and this time fluke will be in season and an official contested species.
Bob Matthews. at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina says sea bass fishing is still in high gear for party boats at the marina. His skiffs are ready for Saturday’s fluke opener, and those who have sampled the river are anticipating good catches. Bob also notes there are small blues off the tennis courts, and big bass are being trolled out to the three mile line.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be running limited sea bass trips at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. over the weekend.
Weakfish have been scarce the last few years, but Jim Hutchinson Sr. passed along an interesting report of a Barnegat Bay trip by Capt. Brett Taylr who put his party into five weaks up to 6 pounds plus 35 releases on Reel Reaction from Beach Haven.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands will be making a last effort with stripers on Thursday by fishing with live bunkers. Friday will be a day off to get ready for fluke on Saturday.
The weather looks good again with southeast winds at just 5-10 knots.
Vinny D’Anton made his first attempt of the season wading in Shark River yesterday, and went through all his favorite lures before catching a couple of 21-inch stripers on his go-to seatrout lure, the D.O.A. Shrimp. However, that didn’t work today before he came up with a single schoolie on his favorite lure — the Chug Bug.