I didn’t get a press release this year, and the Manhattan Cup is suddenly upon us. That very worthy event raises funds for disabled vets while also giving them a chance to enjoy a day of sportfishing for stripers and blues with captains who volunteer their boats for the contest. The weather looks good, and anyone wishing to participate can check for a spot on one of the boats sailing out of Liberty Landing in Jersey City can e-mail manhattencup.com. Some years they end up after the big breakfast with skippers short of anglers.
The forecast is for northeast winds at just 5-10 knots before switching to southwest in the afternoon. Patchy fog and showers are possible in the morning.
Capt. Vinny Vetere will be fishing the contest,but is open over the weekend with Katfish from Great Kills for charter or even individual reservations.
Capt. Ron Santee reported a return to comfortable drifting conditions for sea bass on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. He said everyone went home with plenty of meat, and a fluke took the pool. That boat is chartered Saturday.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a similar report with most fares limiting on sea bass while adding some ling.
Betty and Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported a repeat of afternoon surfcasting for big blues on bunker and topwater lures.
New Jersey has a free freshwater fishing day on Saturday. Anglers don’need a license or tout stamp, but all other regulations remain the same.
The IGFA continues its preview of their annual online auction which goes live at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Jim Gates is a regular at Point Pleasant Canal and in the Bay Head surf, but had to troll for this big striper.