Blue marlin specialists around the globe are seeking the largest of that species during the winner-take-all Blue Marlin World Cup. The leader at mid-day in our time zone was a 656-pounder on Joker fishing at Bermuda — but that might not be a sure thing before the day is out!

Andrea’s Toy wasn’t looking for marlin offshore today, but did troll a yellowfin tuna on a chatter bar side tracker before finding some cooperative school bluefins to cast jigs and poppers to.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots before increasing in the afternoon to 15-20 with gusts to 25 knots.

At Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marine Basin, Bob Matthews reports fluke up to 9 pounds were weighed in over the weekend. Shark River is producing fluke, blues, stripers and triggerfish. Surfcasters are doing best with stripers by using sand crabs, and kingfish are also present. The Golden Eagle is chartered Tuesday. The Big Mohawk had tough fluking Sunday as the south wind resulted in cold water. Fluke ranged up to 5 pounds, and there were some ling and sea bass.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro has been working Barnegat Inlet with worms and light spinning tackle for stripers from 25 to 30 inches while also releasing out-of-season blackfish. Blues are also caught casting lures some days. He has individual openings on 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips this week. Call 732 330-5674 for details.

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