Kelly Reilly was already leading the monthly pool on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands with a 7.2-pound fluke when he considerably upped the ante today by boating a 32-inch 13 1/2-pound doormat. that was the largest party boat fluke I’ve heard of so far in the NY/NJ Bight area. Capt. Ron Santee said Reilly had already set persnal records this year for striped bass and sea bass. Several anglers had limits today.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported picky early bluefish jigging and then managed a boat limit of sea bass along with both short and keeper fluke.
Little tunny were spotted in many surf areas, but it seems that more anglers were frustrated by tunny that stayed out of range or woouldn’t hit when they were close enough. John Mazzeo returned to Sandy Hook and managed one on a Gibbs Minnow. He said it was spitting up tiny peanut bunkers. There was no mention of the black flies which have been botheriing anglers there.
Good weather continues with a forecast of west winds at 5-10 knots. Late afternoon thunderstorms are possible.
Nick Honachefsky reminds anglers that Spanish mackerel are an eligible species in next month’s Barrier Islands Beach Brawl.