The bluefish bite off northern N. J.had been up and down, but now seems to be very consistent.

Both the Jamaica from Brielle and the Golden Eagle out of Belmar have been filling 5-blue party boat limits on jigs quickly before running out to hard bottom for the two sea bass presently allowed plus ling and possibly a fluke to fill out the catch. The blues generally range from 3 to 8 pounds.

The Golden Eagle had some yellowfin tuna caught and lost on Monday’s weekly exotics trip along with a couple of bluefins. The trip was topped by a 104-pound yellowfin.

The Jamaica has another tuna trip coming up on Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. — and a tilefish trip at 10 p.m. Aug. 9.. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Tank Matraxia had a hot hand yesterday on Tagged Fish from Highlands as he took his limit from six legal fluke while drifting in the Scotland area.

Allen Riley and John Mazzeo fished the Sandy Hook surf yesterday morning and finally saw some small bait in the wash. Gulp produced three short fluke for them, while John also hooked a small blue on cut bunker.

A last try at surfcasting before heading back to Nashville produced a fat fluke in the Sea Girt evening surf yesterday for my grandson Aiden , but it was just a quarter-inch short. He was casting a Band of Anglers Dart Spin.

There’s a small craft warning up this evening through Thursday afternoon, though the morning forecast is only north at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before dropping to southeast 5-10 in the afternoon.

I’ll be updating the White Marlin Open later tonight if their Marlin Cam works. Don’t expect much because only 36 boats sailed today after most of the 440-boat fleet sailed the first two days in fine weather. I suspect that few will fish tomorrow in order to get out for the final shot at the $9.2 million purse on Friday when light west winds are forecast.

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