Boaters entered in the 41st Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open have through Saturday to use up their fishing time, and even bigger fish could be weighed later today, but there are already impressive bigeye tuna on the leaderboard.
Hubris had been holding the top two spots with bigeyes of 213 and 181.8 pounds going into today. Following Seas had a 136-pounder for third, and Reel Estate was next with a 76.2-pound tuna. All that changed as bigeyes were weighed this afternoon.
Milling Around has taken the lead at 251 pounds. Endorfen moved into second at 220 pounds, and also weighed a 178.1. Ledge weighed a 214-pounder to move a pound ahead of Hubris for third. Miss Mikayla Ann had a great trip with tuna of 199 and192 pounds, and Tireless boated a 180.5-pounder. i’ll bring the standings up to date tomorrow.
Capt. Jim Freda had a farther and sons trip yesterday on his Shore Catch as they struggled to find yellowfin tuna before jigging produced three tuna out of four hooked;
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got in a day of bluefishing before the bad weather, and it was excellent. The five-blue party boat limits were quickly filled before going into release mode. The smallest blue was 1 1/2 pounds, but most were 4 to 7 pounds. Tomorrow is a blowout, but they’ll be back on the blues Friday.
Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina, says the party boats there have been doing very well with fluke — and its been more like the old days with 6-and-7-pounders being common. Rental boaters are still catching fluke in Shark River, but the keeper ratio is getting worse as those fsh move out to the ocean for the trip to offshore spawning areas. Bob notes there’s good action with blowfish and snapper blues in Point Pleasant Canal at the Barnegat Bay end. The striper bite is mostly at night.
The Spring Lake surf was fishable this morning when Vinny D’Anton and I gave it a try with sand fleas. I quickly released a 25-inch striper, and was hoping for a good bite — but that was it. Vinny switched to Gulp to release a couple of small fluke.
The marine forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 knots with morning thunderstorms and showers throughout the day. Yet. the forecast for the weekend looks good.
Nick Honachefsky reminds that the Barrier Island Beach Brawl is just ahead from Oct. 8-9 with a chance at $16,000 of tackle to be given away for just a $45 entry. Visit http://www.saltwaterunderground.com for info.
The Jamaica from Brielle has added offshore tuna trips leaving att Sunday Sept. 12 at 11 p.m. Call 732 528-5014 for details.