The fluke season in New Jersey opens Saturday , and many party boats will be shifting over to the flatfish. Be sure to check wth your favorite skipper before coming down. The regulations are the same as last year. .
Since sea bass fishing remains good, Capt. Ron Santee Jr. has decided to continue with that sport on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. The bite was a little off yesterday, but was back in shape today along with some ling and winter flounder.
Also at that port, the Sea Hunter switches to daily fluke from 8-2. after finishing up what had been a tough striper season by enjoying a hot bite on live bunkers Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, Capt. RobSemkewyc is planning to run a few evening striper trips from 2:30 to 8 p.m. with a limit of 20 anglers at $100.
The forecast remains good with a southwest wind of just 10 knots, though there is a 4 to 6-foot swell from the east which small boaters can avoid by drifting off the Coast Guard Station inside Sandy Hook Bay or in the inlets.
Bluefish in the 2-4-pound class provided limit jigging catches today for the Golden Eagle out of Belmar — and then the boat was also almost limited with sea bass.
Andreas Toy from Keyport hade a run far offshore this week to fill the box with 30 tilefish up to 15 pounds.
Raritan Bay area striper fishing remains excelent fot big bass speialsts. Chuck Many trolled eels to put his anglers into personal bests of 52 and 54 pounds on his Tyman out of Highlands. SEE PHOTO BELOW.
Capt. Vinny Vetere reported 26 stripers up to 47 pounds yesterday morning while trolling his TGT bunker spoons from Katfish out of Great Kills. His largest release so far was a 51-pounder. The next opening on Katfish is on Tuesday, and then the following Saturday and Sunday.