Though a few boaters have hit it just right on the inshore grounds, tuna fishing has been quite spotty recently.

The recent Jimmy Johnson Qest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City produced some great catches, but the 80-boat fleet struggled to average even a single reportable catch or release per day. Capt. Chris De Stefano joined the crew on Frank Criscola’s Crisdel out of Brielle Yacht Club recently for a canyon run that didn’t produce even a hit in a full day of trolling. He blames that on a lack of “good” water and bait. The tuna bite has been better closer to shore to the east though not consistent there in a lot of boat traffic.

Monday’s Exotics trip on the Golden Eagle from Belmar resulted in just one dolphin boated plus several sharks fought. A few lost fish may have been tuna, but the real problem may have been the poor weather. They will try again every Monday.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before dropping to 5-10 knots by late morning. There’s a chance of morning showers and afternoon thunderstorms.

Miss Belmar Princess reported bluefish didn’t bite well this morning, but it’s usually possible to load up on chub mackerel.

Paul Haertel urges anglers to join the 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.

Eric Kerber with a colorful N.J. cobia

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