. Boaters have been doing well most of this summer by jigging blues, but the choppers have been fussy lately and now seem to seeking out chum lines which also attract chub mackerel.The Jamaica from Brielle reported limits of both blues up to an 8-pounder and sea bass today along with the chubs.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a beautiful calm day with blues and sea bass biting along with the chubs, ling and even two big blackfish that had to be released.

Dan Sheehan had exciting, but frustrating, news from Sea Bright where Spanish mackerel were feeding in close on small bait — but would’t hit lures.

I cast in the Mantoloking surf where there was no sign of bait, but released a small striper that hit a Tactical Anglers Crossover popper. Greg Tirpak had caught seven schoolies in that area on Monday. A couple of blues had been caught at Bay Head, but anglers saw Spanish mackerel jumping well beyond range.

There was no further word today of the crazy white marlin that was spotted recently in the Long Beach Island surf and showed up off Mount St. in Bay Head on Monday afternoon.

Ocean fluke fishing has improved. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported lots of shorts with enough keepers among them as three fares had llimits.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar has been doing very well every day and had an 8-pound pool winner yesterday.

The morning forecast is for northwest winds at 5-10 knots before going southwest in the afternoon.

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