Mid-range tuna trips weren’t successful with the target yellowfins, but there’s usually something else out there to provide some action.
The Golden Eagle frim Belmar had no tuna, but the Exotics trip was just that with lots of dolphin and little tunny plus sharks. They will be sailing for blues in the morning, but not again until Friday.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a large yellowfin by 7:30 a.m..but that was the only one as little tunny and 20 dolphin were caught. Inshore trips the next two days are cancelled.
Andreas Toy from Keyport had a goood dolphin trip for a family group on Monday, and added a surprising yellowfin well inshore.
Capt. Ron Santee said fluking was much better today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as there was some drift in contrast to hardly any on Monday. Kelly Riley collected his monthly pool earnings for his 13.8-pound doormat, but had another good day with a 5 9/16-pound fluke while also catching several others from 3 to 5 pounds. The pool winner today was 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast is marginal, with only 5-10-knot northeast winds and 1-3-foot seas with a chance of showers. It gets bad after midnight, but the weekend may be saved.
Vinny D’Anton had a big fish hooked on sand fleas at a Monmouth County beach this morning, but a bad spot in his line gave way to what was probably a ray. Small dogfish were a pain, but Vinny did release a small striper and I pulled the hook on one that felt a bit larger.
The two sea bass by-catch ended today.