Capt. Dave DeGennaro gave grass shrimp chumming for weakfish in Barnegat Bay a try on Thursday and was surprised to find a steady stream of 13-17-inch weaks coming aboard his Hi Flier from Barnegat though the reports he had were not good. Dave has openings for inshore or offshore on Sunday, Monday and Friday — but then not until Aug. 25.
Bob Matthews reports as follows from fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marine Basin; “
are now into August,the summer is coming to an end and the best time of the year for us
locals is coming fast.
The fishing is very good now with the keeper fluke numbers are up in the Rivers and the
Party and Charter boats nailing some very good fish.
There are Tuna,Sharks, Mahi Mahi,Cobia and Wahoo for the fleet haunting the offshore grounds.
There are good reports of Triggerfish and Kingfish around the jetties,worms and clam are best
The Golden Eagle and Miss Belmar have been doing fantastic with Mackerel and Bluefish.
We are hearing of Blackfish in the Inlets and Point Pleasant Canal,the limit is one fish at 15 inches.
We are selling plenty of crabs so the interest is there even with a small bag limit.
Crabbing in some areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties is very good at this time .
I am seeing lots of bait building up in the our local rivers,Mullet, Spearing and Bunkers,this warms
the heart of us Striper fishermen,it means one thing: our season is coming fast..
Check out our Facebook page where we post some photos of local fish being brought in to be weighed.
Think fall BOB”
Tomorrow starts well with southwest winds at just 10-15 knots before increasing to15-20 in the afternoon.
Capt. Mark De Blasio had some bad fortune on his Blue Runner from Manasquan Sunday as his party lost a very large bigeye tuna to a pulled hook after a 1 3/4-hour fight — and then another after a 2 1/4-hour battle due to a chafed leader. His luck changed on the next trip with bigeyes of 63 and 67.5 inches plus a 75-incher after a 1 1/2-hour fight.
This blog is going in early as I’m fishing today with Crazy Alberto Knie in Florida. I might be back tomorrow!