Paul Haertel reports for the JCAA as follows:

LAST CALL for JCAA HEAVY HITTERS FLUKE TOURNAMENT – August 5th – 8th $10,000 cash prizes based on 250 entrants. 1st to 5th place prizes based on total weight of 3 fluke plus one prize for the largest fluke and one prize for the largest sea bass in the tournament. Ten weigh-in stations from Sandy Hook to Cape May. You pick your one day to fish, huge Calcuttas, $175 per boat  (up to 4 people/anglers) Last year’s big winner won a total of $14,684 including Calcuttas. Our awards ceremony will be at the Forked River Tuna Club on 8/8 from 4-8 PM. Salad, Italian food, soda, water and desert will be served. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 and our High Roller Raffle tickets will be on sale as well. To top it off we will have a live band, Ken and the Escorts providing entertainment. Visit to register online or print an application or see our FB page (Jersey Coast Anglers Association and please “like” it) or call 973-943-8201 for more details.  Online signups will continue to 11:59 PM on Wednesday 8/4 or you may call Paul at 973-943-8201 for last minute credit card signups.

Paul was fluking in Barnegat Inlet yesterday when he caught his first N.J. cobia. It was well short at 26 inches, but any cobia this far north is a thrill.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc reports lots of fluke action today on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands plus the best whale show he’s ever seen.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for east winds at 5 to 10 knots before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon.

The 84th White Marlin Open continues with 420 boats fishing today. The first day’s results were in my late blog — and I’ll be doing another after the scales close tonight. The name of the boat with the leading 82.5-pound white marlin is actually Fender Bender.

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