The first fishing day in Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City got off to a good start with a legal blue marlin boated. It was a 107.5-incher fought by Devin O’Neill of the TLC team, but hadn’t been weighed in when this blog was published. I’ll add a blog after the scales close tonight.
Capt. Joe Massa of My Three Sons at Morgan Marina reported striper fishing is holding up in Raritan Bay and the Hudson River, while jumbo porgies around the Tin Can Grounds provide plenty of good eating.
The Jamaica from Brielle continues to fill coolers with chub mackerel while chumming southeast of the inlet. Some sea bass and ling are added, and blues show some days. Christine Helminger of Allentown, N.J. was a pool winner with a 4-pound sea bass.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro rounded up enough fares to get offshore Saturday with his Hi Flier from Barnegat, but had to turn around when the seas got too steep for comfort. Yet, the first bait dropped back on the inshore tuna grounds produced a 35-pound bluefin. A dusky shark of about 130 pounds was released.
Small craft warnings are up for south winds of 15-20 knots with gusts to 30, but the next day looks great with northwest winds of 5-10 knots.
Chuck Many released this impressive red drum back into the shallow salt pond where it hit in Hilton Head, South Carolina.