It wasn’t the nicest of days, but that probably worked out best for Capt. Ron Santee on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. His report follows:”
Fished a New area this morning, took my customers out to the Snot and they were glad I did!
Found the Bass and they were Hungry, up to 35 pound fish that we had to toss back with everyone getting their keepers. All on Shads, large or small it didn’t matter.
Moved off to another area when that bite died and had fish busting on top along with the first Giant Blue fish of the season…Actually left the Blues and found the bass again.
Very good fishing up till the end of the tide, bite didn’t turn back on but it didn’t matter, everyone went home Happy! Total opposite of yesterdays bite when the morning was picking here and there and the afternoon was on fire…go figure!
Can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow! Open boat, No Reservations Just come on down. Fare is $90.“
This is just the start of the migratory run, as Mike Monte got word from his Nantucket home that an unusual abundance of bunkers there is holding quantities of big bluefish plus 35-inch stripers. Mike says those blues will probably head out into the Atlantic, but the bass should be closer to shore as they head south.
Monte continues to struggle in the Monmouth County surf, and I got the same report from Vinny D’Anton. However, it’s early for that surf run as the water temperature is 62 degrees.
Northeast winds continue Sunday, but at only 5-10 knots with 2-4-foot seas.
The offshore tuna bite continues to be great when boaters are able to get out. Capt. Mark De Blasio reported his last trip with Blue Runner produced a 300-pound, 78-inch bigeye tuna, while another broke a rod after an hour-long battle. A limit of yellowfins was added.
Hans Kaspersetz with a bigeye on End Game.
Capt. Jim Freda took friends out on Shore Catch for a couple of hours one afternoon and didn’t find the bunkers he was looking for off Manasquan Inlet. He switched to the dependable Tony Maja bunker spoon and soon broke the ice!