There are times when old sayings are actually spot on. As noted in yesterday’s blog, the west wind forecast boded well for fluke anglers — and the following from Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands tells the story:

Amazing what a West Wind & perfect drift will do for the Bite!

Non-stop action all day with multiple limits & Double limits around the boat. Bait worked the best.

Porgy, Sea Bass, Mac’s, Trigger fish & Bluefish in the mix also.

Jesse took with pool with a 6 pound 7 ounce beauty…Some nice pics once again.

Weather looks great for the next several day. Sailing 7:30am Open Boat, No Reservations just come on down.

The Thursday forecast continues favorable with west winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw lots of tuna during the weekly Inshore Exotics trip, but the breaking fish hadn’t read the proverb and weren’t hitting the usual offerings. Poppers tempted some of the 60-80-pound yellowfins — and they also had some dolphin.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported great action on their last dolphin trip with limits up to 18 pounds which included many of 6-12 pounds.

Capt. Ralph Leyrer of Last Lady from Belmar was catching his usual variety bottom fish consisting of ling, sea bass, fluke and triggerfish when a smooth puffer joined the party before being released. That largest of the puffer family used to be called rabbitfish in N.J., and is actually an oceanic species which only moves inshore occasionally. There was an unusual run of them off the northern N.J. Shore a few years ago, but this was my first report of smooth puffers there this year. In a previous blog I reported a run of them in Rhode Island which had the Health Dept. issuing warnings since the internal organs are as deadly as cyanide. These are blowfish that are often 5-10 pounds and fight.

Vinny D’Anton has been picking small stripers and blues from the Monmouth County surf every morning. “Walk the dog” surface lures have been most effective.


The fluke were small, but still a thrill for Jersey Devil Fish Camp kids sailing on the Little Hawk and watching surfacing whales


  1. Long time Al Ristori readers and NJ fishermen Steve Swierczek and Jim Cherry spending some time fishing in Alaska before getting ready for the NE fall run of stripers.



      1. It was a great trip. Halibut, Ling Cod, Silver salmon, King salmon, Black Rockfish and Yellow Eye. We fished with Jimmie Jack lodge out of Homer, Seward and the Kenai River.

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