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 www.jcaa.org 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.