As noted in yesterday’s blog, one of the true N.J. Shore legends, Phil Sciortino Sr., passed away after a bout with pancreatic cancer. Phil did it all from stripers to giant tuna — and was a mentor to many of the Raritan Bay pros over the years.

Phil was born in 1939, and opened the Tackle Box in Hazlet n 1967. Phil, Jr. has been running the store for a long time and will continue the family tradition.

Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City concludes in the next couple of days with most of the 80-boat field using up the last of their three days out of five in what appears to be good weather. I’ll bring the standings up to date in a later blog after the scales close for the night.

There was better news on the fluke front today. Capt. Ron Santee said he finally found a good line of fluke to work on with his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands as several anglers had three up to a 3 1/2-pound pool winner plus some sea bass.

At Belmar, the Royal Miss Belmar fished off Elberon, where there was much improved fluke action as compared to the last couple of days., including a 7-pounder. Some sea bass and ling were also boated. Miss Belmar Princess only had a pick of bluefish that just weren’t turned on, but did get into chub mackerel plus sea bass. The marine forecast is for north winds at just 5-10 knots before going southeast in the afternoon.


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