Last weekend’s fluke tournaments in northern N.J. produced lots of quality fish but none big enough to run away from the crowd.
The Raritan Bay Anglers Tournament on Saturday was won by Mike Mangual at 7.6 pounds over Jake Linder’s 7-pounder. However. it was Daniel Nykforuk in third place at 6.95 pounds who turned out to be the weekend’s big winner as he was also in the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers contest where his fish weighed 7.11 pounds — and was the winner. Joe Rilley was next there at 6.82 pounds, ahead of Bill Distaso at 6.02 pounds.
Fluke pro Dave Lilly fished aboard Brian Farmer’s boat as they limited both days and released many other keepers while hooking hardly any shorts. They just couldn’tget that one bigger fish, though a nearby angler who wasn’t entered boated a 9-pound fluke. They did make it into the seventh and last money position with a 4.95-pound fluke. There was also a big surprise when a 26-inch cod ate a whole squid.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar will be back to jigging bluefish tomorrow, but today’s jigging was for school bluefin tuna as they had a boat limit and released at least 15 more.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be chummining and chunking an area for bluefish from Wednesday to Friday where they also expect to catch bonito and little tunny — and where some bluefins have been spotted.
Chuck Many avoided the Monday evening storms to get into hot striper action with his Tyman from Highlands. There was a period when doubleheaders were hooked on every drift.
I’m still having a problem staying connected — and hoping for the best.