The holiday weekend started out with weather that was too calm for good fluke drifts while bluefish took a day off.

The half-day Sea Tiger II at Atlantic Highlands reported a tough morning trip with no wind and drift, but the afternoon sailing was much better with a breeze that produced a couple of limit catches.

Unfortunately, bluefishing on the Golden Eagle from Belmar went from “awesome” yesterday to very little today as the choppers were following jigs to the surface without hitting. Some blues up to 9 pounds were boated — and those fish could turn on again tomorrow.

The forecast for tomorrow starts with north winds at 5-10 knots before switching to southwest in the afternoon.

Long-time AFTCO rep and noted angler Lou Truppi sent along the following after reading last night’s blog relating to the recently deceased Mark Sosin: “Mark was the first outdoor writer I had on my boat back in early 70’s when he was just getting started . I also had the pleasure of fishing with George Seeman for many years, my brother was running his boat with him out of Montauk , Cozumel , Key West & Ocean City Md ! Mark was a true gentlemen and close friend for years “

The IGFA has another online auction going on through July 10 at 8 p.m. Go to their website for great buys on tackle, fishing art and much more.

Chuck Many started off his morning at Hilton Head, S.C. with this fine red drum (redfish).

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