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Large fluke hitting as season draws to a close.

It’s vital to be on the right structire at the right time, but those who find the combination are making some impressive catches.

Tank Matraxia fished yesterday aboard Tagged Fish from Highlands and said limits of large fluke were no problem at Scotland.. His largest was just shy of 6 pounds, and the bite was almost entirely large fluke.

Capt. Joe Massa fished with Kenny Maccrone and jeff Plungis out of Morgan Marina one day last week when they limited up to 8 pounds by 11 a.m.

Joe also had news today about inshore bluefin tuna as Jimmy Peters boated a 70-incher off Breezy Point after a 1 1/3-hour battle.

Johnm Andrea got a report yesterday of such bluefins jumping in Hudson River off Global.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had only a few bluefish today as the choppers were there but not hitting.

The forecast is for sputh winds at 10-15 knots , but increasing to 20 knots in the afternoon.

Bob Caracozzo passed over the bar

One of the pioneers of Belmar fishing has passed on to elestial fishing grounds. His obituary follows:

His friends and family called him “Bob”, but to those within the New Jersey fishing community he was known as “Finchaser” or “Rod Wrapper”. He casted his last line on Friday September 10th, 2021 at the age of 72, a sea of fish peacefully swimming following the news. He leaves behind the catch of his life, his wife of 27 years, Michelle Caracozzo.
He raced cars as a teenager in Clifton, NJ and as he grew in age, he would never lose his edge, enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America at 19 to become a skilled chef, and eventually a traveling salesman or as he would say a “Road Warrior”. Bob would be the recipient of a quadruple bypass at age 41, stents at 52, cancer at 63, none of which were any match for him. A few decades of cigarettes, brushes with boat fires, eating whatever his appetite desired, Bob never slowed in his pursuit of his next catch and attributed his long life to dragging fat fish onto the decks of boats or over the sand dunes caught in the surf at the Jersey Shore. He was a craftsman, a chef, a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a man of God, a proud Sicilian-American, an angler, who willfully made his presence and opinion known.
His hands were permanently curled from decades of holding a fishing pole and calloused from whipping mashed potatoes. A man of many words and notably few pauses, he found peace in the kitchen, and embraced the chaos of cooking an Italian Christmas Eve dinner, or a grilled cheese for one of his toughest critics, his four children. He is survived by his children Scott and his wife Tammie, his daughter Kim and her husband Chad, and his sons Nick, and Cenzo. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dominic and Anthony, and his nieces and nephews.
Bob watched all 52 Super Bowls, credits Sean Connery as the best Bond, listened exclusively to ZZ Top on cassette, and indulged in the explorations of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.
Despite the facade of a curmudgeon, he was a sentimental soul who was profoundly impacted by genuine gestures of kindness, a smile, a wave, a simple gift, a hug. He would exchange those gestures openly with anyone that would accept them.
He also leaves behind a collection of fishing maps with secret coordinates, an arsenal of fishing tackle, generations of family recipes, his personal mug at his favorite breakfast spot KLOTZ’s Kitchen, and his many fishing buddies notably from Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club, Jersey Coast Shark Anglers, Shark River Surf Anglers, and Steven’s Surfsters, from 50+ years of time spent at sea.
A memorial visitation and celebration of life will be held from 5pm – 8pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick.
In lieu of flowers, Bob wishes for you simply to catch and release or consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to help preserve life in all its forms for future generations.”

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had little fluke action when forced to fish in the bay due to yesterday’s wind, but it was a lot livlier today in the ocean. One angler limited, and some others managed two keepers.

Jon Falkowski of Linden was aboad the Golden Eagle from Belmar today, and said he had to work hard for blues that were all small and hitting near bottom; He caught eight plus a chub mackerel and two sea bass. One of the latter would have been a keeper if the season was open.

Vinny D’Anton did well with school stripers and small blues in Shark River over the weekend, but I joined him this morning and the black cloud shut down the bite. He had two missed hits on his Chug Bug, while I only had a swirl. We finished up at Spring Lake catching short fluke on Gulp in the surf.

The forecast is for south winds at 5-10 knots –going southeast in the afternoon.

Southerly tough on fishing, but better weather coming.

Though there’s a small craft warning up to 5 a.m., the morning 10-15 knot west winds with gusts tp 20 drop to north at 5 knots in the afternoon.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported bluefishing was best early, and anglers had to work for choppers up to 7 pounds. They also had some porgies and little tunny. The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported a very strong current was tough on threir fluke fishing.

The Fishemen from Atlantic Highlands canceled fluking in the southerly today, and is switching to porgies on Monday.

Lots left for Sunday’s garage sale

There was a good turnout at my garage sale today, but there’s plenty left for gomorrow at 1552 Osprey Ct. , Manasquan Park, NJ 08736. Hours are 8-4′ Included is an unused giant Igloo cooler. Call 732 757-5531 for info.

Some customers who had been out fluking complained about no drift in the morning at Axel Carlsen Reef which had been producing fluke.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Higlands reported poor conditions before fluking picked up late in the trip. An 8.7-pounder took the pool. The swell was fishable, but the bottom may be stirred up;

Small craft warnings are up through Sunday night. There are southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 predicted for the morning. As a result, the Golden Eagle from Belmar has postponed tomorrow’s offshore mahi trip to Sept. 19.

Hope to see you at my garage sale Saturday

I’ve been putting out tackle of all kinds plus household goods all day, and will be ready to get the final garage sale going at 8 a.m. The address is 1552 Osprey Ct. , Manasquan Park, NJ 08736. I’ll be here through 4 p.m., and we will do the same thing Sunday. There are loads of rods up to giant tuna. some reels and hundreds of lures both new and used. Accessories include a home fish cleaning station, a set of tuna cleaning knives, boots, and a boat compass. Call me at 732 757-5531 with any questions.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported great bluefish jigging this morning as choppers were jumping from the inlet north — and some were up to 12 pounds.

Muhlenforth takes Big Mohawk lead with 11.2-lb fluke

Veteran angler Dennis Muhlenforth took over the monthly pool lead on the Big Mohawk from Belmar this week when he boated an 11.2-pound doormat. Quite a few very large fluke were beng caught until he hurricane swell put a damper on fishing,

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant has cancelled until Saturday due to that situation. They had good chub mackerel action Sunday before there was good jiggng for blues again on Monday.

Small craft warnings are up through Friday afternoon. The forecast is for northwest winds at 15 knots with gusts to 20.

Among the unusual items at my Saturday garage sale are two salesman’s carrying case displays –one of Sekora lures, and the other of Garcia lines including a fly line. i’ll have a lot more tomorrow about that 8-4 sale at 1552 Osrey Ct., Manasquan Park, NJ 08736.


Capt. Fank Crescitelli of Great Kills proves that weakfish have arrived at Staten Island.

Sporty sea leads to some Thursday cancellations

Capt. Ron Santee said the ocean got nasty this afternoon, when the current changed, and he decided to cancel tomorrow’s trip with the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. He’ll be back at it Friday, but the boat is chartered on Saturday.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported blues were all over the surface early. and fine jigging continued until the wind came up in the afternoon. everyone limited on 3-8-pound blues plus a few larger choppers –but tomorrow morning’s trip is cancelled.

Thanks to Chuck Many, Bryan Pieros and Lou Grazioso, my basement was cleared of furniture today. and that will be available along with loads of fishing tackle at Saturday’s garage sale from 8-4 at 1552 Osprey Ct.; Manasquan Park, N.J. I’ve uncovered some jigs I wasn’t aware of, and even have some deep water cod models.

A small craft warning is up through Thursday night. West winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 drop to 5 knots in the afternoon.

Despite a rough surf this morning, Vinny D’Anton fished sand fleas in the Monmouth County surf and released stripers of 25 and 22 inches.

Volunteers needed

I’ll be clearing furniture out of my basement at 9 tomorrow morning when Chuck Many comes over with his truck prior to Saturday’s fishing tackle plus household goods and furniture sale at 1552 Osprey Ct., Manasquan Park, NJ 08736. The furniture in the basement is for charity or at no charge for those who can use it..

We will need some help in moving some of what’s in the basement, and the help of anyone living nearby who has a good back and an hour to spare would be appreciated. Call me at 732 757-5531.

There was good news from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar on two fronts. Their first dolphin trip on Monday worked out very well as they limited out despite rougher weather than predicted. As a result, they’ll be running two more such tips by reservation on Sept; 12 and 19.They got back to bluefishing this morning and enjoyed a steady bite on jigs as everyone limited on 11/2- to-8-pound choppers. Some fluke and large porgies were added.

Vinny D’Anton couldn’t raise anything to his Chug Bug in the Monmouth County surf this morning but, but when he switched to Gulp there was steady action with fluke though none made 18 inches.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a great trip of big fluke yesterday as they reported “Some over 10 pounds” That included one which weighed 14 pounds on the boat scale — but wasn’t in the seasonal pool,

The forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots before going to 15-20 southwest in the afternoon when thunderstorms are possible..

Final fishing tackle garage sale Saturday

After digging through my basement and garage in preperation for putting my home in Manasquan Park, N.J. on the market. i’ve found lots of fishing tackle and accessories that I’d overlooked during revious sales. That will all be out Saturday at 1552 Osprey Ct. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with furniture and household items. During the week I’ll list some of the special items that will be included. If there’s enough left,. I may extend the sale into Sunday. You can reach me with questions at 732 757-5531 — or at

The Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club’s 41st Offshore Open ended Saturday evening, but I haven’t been able to find final results on their website.

Capt. Chris De Stefano was one of the anglers aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel on Saturday, and he said there was no repeat of the great bigeye tuna bite earlier in the week at the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon that had produced 17 bigeyes in one day of the contest.

Miss Belmar Princess marked lots of bluefish this morning, but they didn;t bite readily. Anglers who worked hard with A-27 jigs, both plain and tailed, still managed their five bluefish party boat limit.

The forecast for tomorrow is for northwest winds at 5-10 knots shifting to southwest in the afternoon.

Tough bluefishng this morning

It appears that the off-color waters may ave turned the bluefish bite off, though chub mackerel continued to hit. Miss Belmar Princess reported some 2-pound blues at anchor this morning, but their anglers added lots of chubs.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar had poor fluking conditons, but managed a pick including some limits. Tomorrow looks a lot better with west w at 10-15 knots, though there is a chance of morning showers.