Today was a beautiful one for fishing in NY/NJ Bight, and both bluefish and fluke were cooperating for party boat anglers. Light winds continue tomorrow.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported it was mostly blues from 3-6 pounds along with chub mackerel and some two-fish sea bass limits plus a special treat when a 20-pound cobia was boated. The boat is on a tuna trip tomorrow and won’t be back to blues until Wednesday.
Capt. Ron Santee liked that weather for fluke fishing on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.
There was a good pick in calm waters as both a fluke and a sea bass of 4 pounds were boated.
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina as follows:
“We are seeing a gradual change in the fishing, there are large quantities of bait moving and game fish hunting them down. The Fluke are on the move and we are seeing larger fish on the boats on thenear shore reefs.The fluke are appearing in better numbers and sizes in the surf as they make a move out of the rivers.The stripers are more abundent and feeding on the peanut bunker,spearing andmullet.The Bluefish are providing action along with the chub mackerel on the party boats.There are a good number of Spanish Mackerel and Mahi Mahi caught whilefishing for the Tuna. The Cobia and Wahoo are also on the menu for our offshore hunters. Last but not least is the variety of sharks in our waters this year.”
Paul Haertel of the JCAA found Friday evening off Barnegat to be a good time to catch fluke up to a 7.7-pounder.