The fluke season ended in N.J. today, and Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina said it was generally a good one. Bluefish will take up the slack for some, and he noted that both the Golden Eagle and Miss Belmar Princess caught choppers up to 10 pounds today. The former also ended up with a good Saturday night bluefish trip after a slow start;
Matthews reports blackfish are hitting well in Shark River Inlet, though most are shorts. Mullet have been showing up in the surf from Belmar to Deal, and stripers are often on their tails.
The surf was rough today, but that worked out well for Vinny D’Anton as he fished sand fleas for stripers in the Spring Lake surf. Only one small bass was released, but he caught two fluke on the fleas — and one was a 22-incher That fluke had other fleas in its stomach along with half of what was probably a 6-inch snapper. Ironically, Vinny has been catching lots of short fluke in the surf with only a couple of 18-inchers among them while using Gulp before coming up with his biggest on the last day on sand fleas.
Monday’s forecast is for east winds at 5-10 knots.