The ocean was fine today, but the bluefish weren’t turned on. Fortunately, chub mackerel responded to chum and party boat anglers went home with dinner.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported just a pick of blues on jigs early before heading off to chum successfuly for chub mackerel. Miss Belmar Princess had a similar report and noted that some blues up to 4 pounds eventually found the chum.

Capt. Jimmy Freda was coming in from tuna fishing this week with Shore Catch when he saw a surf rescue operation in progress and was able to to ensure that it was successful. That was a real great catch!

The Sea Girt surf was shallow this morning, but Frank Manzi still managed to catch a small striper on a popper — though that appeared to be it for the beach early in the morning.

Chuck Many got another surprise while casting for redfish in the Hilton Head, S.C. salt ponds. It’s hard to tell the difference between a summer flounder (fluke) and a southern flounder.

Sunday looks good with northwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 that should lower 3-5-foot seas.

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