There’s still time for anglers to enter the JCAA Fluke Tournament which will be contested tomorrow at ports from Jersey City to Cape May. There are identical prizes at each of the seven ports, ranging up to $1200 for first. Yet, even those who never weigh a fluke are eligible for the many prizes to be raffled off on June 20 — including a 14-foot StarCraft with 20 hp Yamaha and Yacht Club trailer. Furthermore, there are optional Calcuttas at each port and overall — plus the opportunity to win $50,000 cash for catching the largest fluke over 12 pounds. Another $25 has to be added to the $180 entry in order to win the doormat prize, and you can be sure that the angler who caught such a doormat last year but hadn’t invested the $25 will be doing so this year. You never know when lightning will strike! To enter visit http://www.jcaa.org
The N.J. shark tournaments had their captains meetings last night, but the Staten Island Tuna Club has another from 6-8 tonight. They are fishing jointly with Mako Fever this year, and sharks can be weighed in at either Staten Island or Manasquan during the June 15-23 fishing days. Call Chris Beinert at 973 634-7754 for info.
Though it’s windy from the west this evening, the forecast is for southwest at 10-15 knots in the morning before shifting to south at 20-25 with gusts to 30 in the afternoon.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar couldn’t find any blues today, but ended up with decent sea bass action.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee has switched to sea bass due to the poor fluking, and expected to have a tough day with them in a rough ocean before ending up with a good catch on his Fishermen. That boat is chartered tomorrow.
Capt. Stan Zagleski was surprised to see some better fluke on Wednesday’s trip with his Elaine B, II from Bahrs in Highlands. Dennis O’Brien of Bound Brook celebrated his birthday with a 5 1/4-pound fluke, and later added the pool-winning 8 1/8-pounder that was also the boat’s largest so far. See photo below that Word Press entered in the wrong spot. Charlie Krippendorf of Spring Lake boated a 5 1/8-pound fluke.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar is sailing limited sea bass trips through Sunday. Call 732-974-9606 for reservations.
The Jamaica from Brielle has , been doing well with sea bass, ling and even some whiting. They’ll run a 3/4-day Father’s Day trip from 7:30-2:30. Ling will be the target Saturday night at 7:30.
After finding the surf too rough for poppers early this morning and Shark River to be unproductive, Vinny D’Anton, Frank Manzi and I switched to sand flea fishing which is best in a rough surf. It started out well as Vinny and I each caught a small striper quickly. I added two more, including a fat 25-incher — and lost two, one of which was probably of keeper size. However, that was it.