An opening for a shot at the great fishing at Pesca Panama is usually hard to come by, but Mike Augat sent the following availabilities for everything from black marlin to roosterfish as follows:

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REMAINING PESCA PANAMA BOATS FOR NOVEMBER 2022- JUNE 2023 AS OF SEPTEMBER 6:

Nov 6-11    5 boats

Nov 13-18    3

Dec 11-16    1

Dec 18-23    5

Jan 1-6    2

Jan 8-13    1

Jan 29- Feb 3    2

Feb 5-10    5

March 5-10    3

June 4-9    5

Contact Mike Augat by calling 716 868-4432 or e-mail mike@mikeaugat.com.

You may even be able to catch the cubera snapper I’m holding at the head of the blog as I released that near-world record 73.58-pounder (by formula) during my last trip there.

Vinny D’Anton reports peanut bunkers remain abundant in the Monmouth County surf even though he’s been picking school stripers best on a 7-inch Redfin swimmer that doesn’t resemble the bait. Last week he even hooked a 34-inch striper which is a very unusual catch in the N.J. summer surf. Sea Girt pro Frank Conway has been enjoying similar success with the 5 1/2-inch Redfin.

A small craft advisory is up through Friday night, though the weekend looks good. Friday’s forecast is for northeast winds at 10-15 knots with 4-6-foot seas. Due to the weather, the Golden Eagle from Belmar won’t be sailing for bluefish tomorrow, and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands won’t resume fluking until Saturday.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be open for fluke trips Sunday plus 9/19 and 9/21. Call 732 370-8019.

This swordfish was caught during the Golden Eagle’s tuna Tuesday trip.

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