As previously noted, fluke pro Dave Lilly of Hazlet had a serious illness during the winter and probably shouldn’t have been fishing in the first fluke tournament 0f the season — but he was proud to announce that even “half dead” he won everything he was eligible for.

I hadn’t received any notice of the first annual Frank Thomas Memorial Fluke Tournament out of.Captain’s Cove Marina in Highlands — and haven’t found any official results so far.

As tough as the fishing was in a southwest wind, Lilly said a 5 pound,10.7 ounce fluke that hit in the bay was big enough to beat a 5.1-pounder by Tommy Licknack on TNT. Lilly and AL tumalo were fishing from their friend Tony’s Parker

There are only two days left to get in on the NJ sea bass season. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had “more than a few limits” today plus some ling and a few fluke.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina says the sea bass boats will be switching to fluke after Tuesday. The Capt. Cal had a 6-pound fluke pool winner yesterday. Bob notes that triggerfish are hitting in the inlet.

There were no signs of bluefish in the Bay Head surf this morning, and I was happy just to hook a 16-inch fluke on a Deadly Dick.

The forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots in the morning which increase to 15-20 with gusts to 25 in the afternoon.

Paul Haertel with a 6.45-pound fluke in the ocean off Barnegat

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