Fluke pro Dave Lilly stopped by the Tackle Box in Hazlet and asked iif any big fluke had come in as yet. When told there hadn’t been anything more than a modest 4 pounds, he decided to make his first fluke trip of the season. It didn’t take long in the back of Raritan Bay for Lilly to come up with a limit topped by a 6.8-pounder!

Lilly said the water temperature was 62 degrees where he drifted a Gulp Pink Slime plus a Tsunami Halographic teaser. Birds were picking on small bait, and only one other boater was in the area.

Vinny D’Anton made his first surf attempt in the Monmouth County surf since returning from Florida, and quickly hooked a 30-inch striper on sand fleas. There were only a couple of light hits during a brief attempt.

I haven’t been able to obtain result from Sunday’s Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at IBSP so far, but will pass them along whenever they’re available from the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

A small craft warning is up until Thursday afternoon. The forecast is for north winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 in the morning before switching to a calming 10-15 knots in the afternoon.

Sea bass reports remain very good. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle started out with an hour-long drift as everyone limited through lots of shorts.

The Jamica from Brielle added some ling and winter flounders to Tuesday’s sea bass, as the pool went to a 4.5-pound flounder caught by Igor Nedeski of Howell.

NYC Capt. John McMurray continues to catch lots of stripers and blues from among the great marks on his fishfinder.

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