As expected with the early start to the New Jersey fluke season, here were mostly shorts among a pick of fish in cool northern waters– though I suspect that they did much better in South Jersey. Yet. there was at least one fluke worth bragging about as The Tackle Box in Hazlet reported Richard Downato of Kearny boated an 8-pounder which hit a Fisherman’s Choice squid strip soaked in crab oil plus a killie drifted in Sandy Hook Channel.

At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc found a few fluke in shallow bay waters with his Sea Hunter, but it wasn’t good fishing. He saw surfacing stripers, and is thinking about setting up a livelining trip this week if enough anglers call to indicate their interest.

Capt. Ron Santee Jr. was happy he stuck with sea bass, and also added a couple of cod plus ling on the Fishermen. A charter today loaded up on sea bass durng a single drop and also had a cod,

The half-day Sea Tiger II reported the Saturday trips produced only a few keepers and shorts. Steve Kaminski caught the first keeper of the season to win a free trip.

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Nick Honachefsky opened the fluke seaso at Manasquan while fishing with a frend as they caught 60 fluke but could keep only three.

Chuck Many continued to rack up 50-pound strier releases yesterday evening on his Tyman from Highlands as he put Bob and Nikki Bowden plus Rich Carpenter into bass from 36 to 53 pounds.

Though there’s a swell from the,south. the wind forecast for Monday is just south at 10-15 knots with a 3-5-foot sea. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported that the swell interfered with bluefishing, but they also added sea bass. They won’t be sailing tomorrow due to that swell.

The Berkeley Striper Club’s Catch & Release Striped BassTournament starts on May 28. Visit berkeleystriperclub.org for info.

The Asbury Park Fishing Club Tournament was won by the home team with 68 points over the Spring Lake Lineliners with 37, and the Shark River Anglers with 33 points. Congratulations to Tom Cook (Shark River) for largest striped bass at 20 pounds.

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