That was what the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported this morning as practically every rod hooked up as soon as the boat stopped. As it turned out, that bite continued to 11 a.m.. Most of the blues were from 4-9 pounds, but a few to 10 pounds were included. Both Run-Off poppers and jigs were productive. A switch to sea bass that produced some of them plus a few ling, whiting and fluke.
Adrew Sokol was out on the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant and had a similar report. A couple of his blues were 7-8-pounders, and a double on the same plug broke off at the last minute. That boat also ended up bottom fishing as Sokol added a jumbo plus a large chub mackerel and a four-spot flounder.
Capt. Ron Santee started out Saturday with fine drifting conditions, but the fluke bite from his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands was slow. The high hook managed four keepers and 16 shorts, while the pool fluke was 3 pounds.
Vinny D’Anton was delighted to see the Monmouth County surf loaded with small peanut bunkers this morning, and his Chug Bug proved there were some school stripers among them. Frank Manzi also caught a bluefish around that bait.
Ken Zwirko sent this shot of a 105-inch bluefin tuna on his center console today.