Paul Haertel of the JCAA got back to fishing after a heart operation by fishing on a friend’s boat in Barnegat Inlet. While he couldn’t keep up in fluking, a live spot intended for a big fluke produced a 22-pound striper that was released.

Paul is running the JCAA Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament — and reminds anglers that the last day for the $150 early entry is July 28.


August 4-7th  Jersey Coast Anglers Association Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament. Win $25,00 in our doormat fluke category plus $9,000 in cash prizes based on just 150 entrants. 1st to 5th place prizes based weight of a single fluke. Calcuttas for 1 fluke, 3 fluke total and sea bass. Ten weigh-in stations from Sandy Hook to Cape May. You pick your one day to fish. $150 per boat (up to 6 anglers/people) by 7/28 or $175 per boat after 7/28.  Visit to register online or print an application, see our FB page, or call 973-943-8201 for more details.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has openings on this Tuesday’s bottom fishing trip at 6:30 a.m. Some of the winter flounders caught on those trips are larger than most fluke. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.

Capt. Ralph Leyrer is taking individual reservations for Tuesday tuna trips on his Last Lady. Call 732 988-8907.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported very good bluefish jigging today, and some were 5 to 10 pounds. A few keeper fluke were also boated.

Small craft warnings are up through Tuesday morning. Southwest winds at 15-20-knots plus gusts to 25 are forecast along with afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

That forecast is enough to convince Capt. Ron Santee to cancel Monday’s fluke trip with his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands. He actually had better fluking today, with a few fares bagging three and a 4 5/16-pound pool winner — but the southwest wind will make his best spots unfishable.


  1. Al, very few surf reports in your daily blog. Has the fishing been disappointing or are you just not getting any surf reports?

    My age (80) has somewhat caught up with me. Very little strength and stamina has kept me off the sand so far this season. I am hoping to fish after Labor Day when the weather will be a bit cooler.

    I hope you are doing well.


    Sent from my iPad



    1. Hi Al,
      Not sure if you aware or not but Al doesn’t live here in NJ anymore as he is down in FL now so Yes, there are a lack of Surf Reports but I myself can confirm pretty good Surf Fluke Fishing now with plenty of Keepers up and down the coastine depending on where your fishing but the Northern Monmouth and Ocean Co Area’s has been good to go along with some small, Cocktail Blues, Spanish Mackerel popping up at times and I have even heard of some reports of a few Triggerfish being caught as well too and the Little Tunny should not be far behind as the late Summer early Fall season is upon us now.

      Good Luck Out There!
      Joe in (Union Co)


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