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Stripers still a mid-summer possibility

It’s nothing like the hot spring bite, but striped bass can be caught even in the middle of summer in NY/NJ Bight by those with the patience and expertise to hunt them out.

Chuck Many specializes in that fishing with his Ty Man out of Gateway Marina in Highlands, and he demonstrated his expertise late yesterday afternoon with Chris Buchta, Shawn De Vincenzo and I handling the rods. Many releases all his bass with the rare exception of one that can’t be revived. That’s a good thing for the local resource as these are pretty surely Hudson River stock stripers whose reproduction is essential to maintaining that stock which has been providing us with a first class fishery even as the migratory stocks coming up from the south have been declining to the extent that ASMFC will be placing additional restrictions om an overfished population for 2020.

Our count was up to 19 in the mid to upper teens before Many ran to the mouth of the bay to try for a bigger bass after dark. Chris got the only hit on a live eel and released a 33-pounder to bring  the count up to 20 plus a small dogfish that ate a bunker.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar ran offshore yesterday to look for big bluefish, but instead hit a hot bite of bonito that provided doubleheaders and tripleheaders along with 1-4-pound blues. They did the same thing with similar results today — and will continue doing so at 7:30 a.m. Tomorrow’s forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Vinny D’Anton took a shot at the Manasquan surf this morning without success. A move to Shark River was little better with just a 15-inch striper on his Chug Bug.

Joe Melillo reports from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that bait is back in the local surf. Some stripers have been caught by anglers casting metal at first light. However, there’s been no sign of the return of Spanish mackerel.

Capt. Dave De Gennaro of Hi Flier from Barnegat reports he ran offshore to the southern canyons on the Fourth of July with Dr. Fred Leahy of Fanwood and his co-Capt Nick De Gennaro. “We were rewarded with six yellowfin tuna, four of which were very small so we released them, and boated a 20 and 35 pounder for the ice. We also released two 70 lb. class white marlin, one for Dr. Fred and one for Nick. Two mahi and a big jack off of a lobster pot on light spinning gear. We finished up with a golden tilefish and a blueline tilefish on the drift. All in all, a productive day.”
White Marlin in Water 1 (1)
De Gennaro further notes that on Friday he had Wes Jensen from Phoenix, Arizona on board for a mixed bag of spinner sharks, bonito, blues, and Spanish mackerel. The sharks were discovered on the way to Barnegat Ridge under bunker schools and hooked with the snag-and-drop  technique. Bonito were trolled at the Ridge, while the blues and Spanish mackerel were caught casting with light tackle inshore. Hi Flier will be running open tuna trips at $350 per person on Saturday and Monday from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 732 330-5674 reservations.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported sand tiger sharks are being  caught and released in the surf at night. However, the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife cautions  that they are a prohibited species under federal law and must be released without bringing them up on the sand for a photo. That seems like an overkill regulation, but be aware of it. Sand tigers sport teeth like makos and are prized by aquariums because they look fierce, but are really a lazy bottom feeder.

Official results of July 4 Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Cup

Though the unofficial results of the July 4 Mid-Atlantic Nlue Marlin Cup were posted on my blog that day, there is now a press release from Jeff Merrill with the official information as follows:

 

Wish You Were Here Takes MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament!

The inaugural MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament attracted boats from Manasquan, New Jersey to Virginia Beach and was held on July 4th. This one-day, winner-take-all event allowed the 14 boats to fish from their home port with weigh stations selected to accommodate participants near their sailing port. Weather and sea conditions were ideal and reports of numerous blue marlin catches were already confirmed for a few weeks prior to the event while the days before the tournament saw an increase in catch numbers of both white and blue marlin. There were no boundaries for the tournament so participants could select where they wanted to fish and leave at any time prior to “Lines In” which was set for 8:30 a.m. There was no minimum weight set for the tournament though any blue marlin weighed needed to measure 106” to qualify. When the dust settled at day’s end Ed Katzianer’s Wish You Were Here, a 61’ Viking based out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey with Captain Rickey Wheeler on the bridge, stood alone atop the leaderboard.
Wheeler noted several factors played into their decision to run to the 600 fathom line between the Wilmington and Baltimore canyons. “I’d been following the water (offshore) for over a week and liked what I saw,” he noted, adding he had confirmed reports of white marlin and blue marlin caught in the same area the day before. “The water temperature was 74.5 to 75 degrees and it was simply beautiful, flat calm.” Other than a dolphin bite the day was pretty much uneventful for the crew until they hooked-up the blue marlin. “When you’re pulling big plugs on heavy tackle you’re just hoping for a bite from a big fish,” he added. That one bite came at about 2:10 p.m. when the blue marlin came up on the left teaser. Seeing the fish, the crew dropped a pitch bait back but it didn’t get bit. “She didn’t take the pitch bait but we saw her pile on the plug we were pulling from the right short ‘rigger. It was an awesome bite!” Angler Brett Katzianer, Ed’s son, immediately hopped in the fighting chair and the battle was on. “She took a lot of line initially off the 130 and made a lot of jumps,” added Wheeler noting he knew it was a qualifying fish as soon as he saw it. After a battle that lasted well over an hour the fish was brought to leader, gaffed and boated. The crew raced back to Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May where word had gotten out a blue marlin was being brought to the scale. It was early evening and a crowd had already gathered to view the weigh-in when Wheeler backed the Wish You Were Here to the weigh station. The blue marlin measured 108” and was placed on the scale and Chris Booth, weighmaster for the event, allowed the fish to settle before yelling out the weight at 489 pounds.

For their efforts the Wish You Were Here received the tournament purse of $22,400! They also won an
“Admirals Package” fishing vacation in Nosara, Costa Rica courtesy of Fishing Nosara (FishingNosara.com)
which includes seven nights at the luxurious Casa Capitan at Nosara Paradise Rentals is provided along with
four full days fishing the gamefish-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean for up to six anglers. The value of this trip
alone is well over $6800! Congratulations to Ed and Brett Katzianer, Rickey Wheeler and the crew of the Wish
You Were Here!

Allen Riley of South Plainfield just a few weeks ago was surfcasting into loads of Bait in North Carolina and catching many small blues and Spanish mackerel. Unfortunately, he hasn’t found similar conditions at Sandy Hook since returning. Conditions were ideal this morning, but fishing was poor with only one short fluke caught and no bait inshore though a bunker boat under a spotter plane was making a big haul offshore. Riley noted that Frank Huza and David Levitt from Aberdeen fished Sandy Hook hard yesterday to come up with almost a dozen short fluke plus two sea robins.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reports lots of bait in the wash and bait anglers catching them on mullet and bunker.  Fluke are also feeding in the surf. Sharkers are catching sand tigers at night. Betty & Nick’s notes that anglers have also reported Spanish mackerel, bonito and houndfish from IBSP.

Conditions have been fine in Shark River, but results have been sparse. I released a 22-inch striper yesterday morning on a Band of Anglers Dart Spin. and added two 3-pound blues ad a 21-inch striper this morning on a Z Man 6-inch white Awimmerz paddletail.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for southwest winds at 5-10 knots until the afternoon when they go south at 10-15 with gusts to 20.

 

 

Joe Massa has best reports

The Golden Eagle from Belmar will be making a trip far offshore on Wednesday to seek big bluefish  at 7:30 a.m. in good conditions with a northwest wind of 5 knots. However, it was Joe Massa, of My Three Sons at Morgan Marina who  had the best fish reports today both here and overseas. He returned Saturday night from a cruise to St. Martin in the Caribbean Sea where he caught tarpon — and was right back out Sunday to seek fluke with a couple of friends.

Joe Massa tarpon

The tarpon were hooked at a fish cleaning station with scraps. The Sunday  trip also worked out well as he jigged a 27-inch, 8-pound fluke over on the NY side as they also added a few other large fluke.

Massa fluke

Contello boats a super doormat

Captjohn CONTELLO 14-LB. FLUKE Capt. John Contello’s father asked his son to take him out for fluke on July 5, and ended up netting the fluke of a lifetime for that young skipper who lured a 14–pound doormat to eat his bucktail worked from his charter boat Just Sayin’ out of Keyport.

There wasn’t anything like that on the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands today, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc left short action to seek out keepers and was pleased to find a 7.1-pounder for Pat Lasson of Cranbury. There was also a 4.89-pounder boated.

There wasn’t much action on surface lures in Shark River this morning, but I cast the Band of Anglers Dart Spin to release five blues of 3 and 4 pounds plus two stripers to 23 inches. Vinny D’Anton did get one bass on a Chug Bug plus two blues — and Tommy Cox plugged a bass. Frank Manzi didn’t have any luck casting, but rescued a horseshoe crab that was stranded in the rocks. A couple of years ago he found a tagged horseshoe crab in the river which turned out to have come all the way from Delaware Bay.

Bob Correll reported another dead morning in the Bay Head surf, but today’s northeast wind may have stirred things up for the better in the ocean. The forecast for Monday is east winds at 5-10 knots.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a hot bite of sea bass today for the two per man presently allowed. Bluefish didn’t show, but there are lots of them bothering tuna trollers offshore.

In the photo below, Tommy Freda, son of Capt. Jim Freda and his mate on Shore Catch from Point Pleasant, bills the estimated 400-pound blue marlin recently released by young anglers from a center console while they were trolling a Chatter lure for yellowfin tuna.

 

Tommy Freda Blue Marlin

 

 

 

 

Persistence finally payed off

It took a long time to find a fish today. but persistence finally paid off while shore fishing.

I started at the Manasquan surf which was as shallow as I’ve ever seen it. When I took a look at Bay Head, I ran into the regulars coming off after catching nothing. Then, Vinny D’Anton called to say he went to Shark River late and had plugged two school stripers. Though I was sure I’d be too late for that flurry, I made the run and waded out just in time to see Vinny’s Chug Bug get hit by a 5 1/2-pound blue after he’d added two more bass. . That was it for the surface plugging under the sun, but Jim Louro arrived and caught two bass on the Band of Anglers Dart Spin before that also stopped working.

I headed in to make a few casts, as I always do, on the way off the river. To my surprise, I got a hit on the glow Dart Spin  — and on the next cast caught a 5-6-pound blue. Vinny then released two stripers, and so did I. Those were my first bass of the year in Shark River where I’d never been at the right place at the right time. There must have been a lot of unseen fish there when I arrived as there were hits on every cast until it just as suddenly went to “not a bump”.

Persistence also paid off Friday night in Point Pleasant Canan for John Westerdale as he cast swimshads for a 20-inch striper at 6 p.m., a big bluefish at night, and two more 20-inch bass at 1:30 a.m. He had also caught a houndfish in the Bay Head surf the previous morning.

houndfish

 

Louro was fishing backwaters from his boat earlier in the week and catching lots of stripers up to a 32-incher on the Band of Anglers Flying Pencil popper.

Capt. Chris Di Stefano was into a good trolling bite of “football” yellowfins from Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club during the week, but he heard that the hot bite in South Toms had died out Friday.

Don Marantz fished today on the Barb-Gail from Point Pleasant as they had limits of sea bass and winter flounder plus 162 ling.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good fishing for sea bass plus ling and bluefish.

Capt. Ron Santee said the weather forecast scared off many anglers, but they had no rain on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands while drifting conditions were good for a pick of shorts and keeper fluke up to a 5-pounder.

The forecast for Sunday is north winds at just 5-10 knots becoming east at 10-15 with gusts to 20 and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. Many surfcasters are hoping for northeast winds to shake up the ocean a bit.

Some blog followers have not been receiving the blogs I’ve done every night — while others report no trouble. I’ll try to check that out.

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Cup produced a winner

It only took one fish to make the first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Cup a success and one was boated in that July 4 event.

There’s been no press release so far, but I got some info over the phone from South Jersey Marina in Cape May that should be taken as preliminary.

The winner-take-all event drew 14 boats fishing out of ports from Brielle to Virginia, and Wish You Were Here from Canyon Club Marina in Cape May  won $22,400 for a 108-inch, 489-pound blue marlin. Ed Ketzinnor had his son in the chair. Seven of the boats in the contest were also entered in the World Cup being fished the same day. It appears that was won by a boat fishing at Madeira with a 541.2-pounder.

Ironically, there was another blue marlin caught that day — but by some young guys looking for yellowfin tuna from a center console. Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Charters in Point Pleasant said his son and mate Tommy, was among that group which had started trolling relatively small yellowfins when the marlin hit the Chatter side-tracking bar. They all fought it for two hours before Tommy got the bill for the release of an extimated 400-pounder.

Bob Correll reported another dead morning in the Bay Head surf, but there had been some excitement on the Fourth when John Westerdale snagged something he couldn’t identify. That turned out to be an easy one when I got the shot this morning — a houndfish. Those long, needle-nosed fish have become a regular visitor to Barnegat Bay and usually do a lot of jumping when hooked though they don’t get as large as the Pacific version.

 

 

I tried Shark River this morning, and that river still doesn’t like me. Conditions were perfect, but I didn’t raise a thing. Tommy Cox raised one fish, but had to move to the surf to catch a schoolie on an SP Minnow. Vinnie D’Anton went right to the surf for a small bass on his Chug Bug. He also saw another angler casting that lure and holding the rod as his son turned the hanle. The lure was just being dragged in instead of being popped — but a 26-inch bass hit it.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had primarily sea bass and ling during today’s trip.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for southwest winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to south at 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon — plus a possibility of showers and thunderstorms.

I WASN’T ABLE TO GET PHOTOS IN, BUT WILL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW

 

Fluke tournaments coming up

July is fluke tournament month, and some big ones are coming up.

The 35th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament maintains the two-day format on July 13-14. The captains meeting is 7 p.m. July 12 in the Senior Citizen’s Building at Atlantic Highlands Harbor. For info visit sandyhookbayanglers.com –or call 732 787-4008.

The Raritan Bay Anglers hold their 29th annual Fluke Tournament on one day, July 13. The captains meeting is on July 11 at Perth Amboy Moose Lodge. For info visit raritanbayanglersclub.org.

The Staten Island Tuna Club has two fluke tournaments. The Richie Addeo is coming up July 6. Call 917 440-6959. The Grandapa Savino Memorial on July 20 includes a $25,000 prize for the heaviest fluke over 13 pounds. Call Walter Fisher at 917 375-7607. The e-mail site for both contests is situnaclub.com.

The big money event later in the month is the Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament that ran into bad luck with weather warnings last year and had to be cancelled. They’re set for July 27, following the July 26 captains meeting at the lodge. Visit pointpleasantelks.org. A kayak division is included.

The first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament was contested today. I’ll have any results during a beautiful day in tomorrow’s blog.

I got to Shark River a bit late today, as Vinny D’Anton and Tommy Cox had already released several school stripers and 5-6-pound blues on poppers, but found the last of those blues on my Chug Bug to break a season-long drought in that river. Tommy later plugged a bigger blue, and Vinny added a bass on a Tsunami Sand Eel.

Bob Correll fished Bay Head at dawn, but reported a dead surf. Joe Melillo, at Castaway’s Tackle in Point Pleasant heard of only one small blue caught in the surf early this morning.

Jerry Lasko reports that Maren Toleno fished for sharks last night in the Bay Head surf and landed both a small sand tiger and a whiptail ray too big to get it up on the sand.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reports small blues up to 3 pounds are hitting bunker or mullet in the surf.  Voitek Moduszewski beached a 34-inch 13.45-pound striper on clam.

Betty & Nick’s noted that Gillikin’s is finally open for IBSP beach buggies.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle didn’t find any bluefish today, but they had some whiting on bottom along with sea bass and ling. The Big Mohawk had a tough fluking trip Wednesday due to lack of drift. They will be sailing at 6 a.m. Friday, and 5:30 over the weekend.

Though bluefish are hard to come by inshore, mid-range tuna trollers are having a hard time getting through them.  Not all of the blues are large, but they all love balao. The little tunny that had been interfering with tuna trolling earlier seem to have moved.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had slow fluking Wednesday, but a few larger fish that included a 4.7-pounder and a 5.15 that took the lead in the monthly pool — plus a 6-pound pool winner.

Friday’s marine forecast is for southeast winds at just 5-10 knots with patchy fog in the morning. That direction should keep flies off the beaches.

 

 

Canyon Runner has another big week in the canyons

Early summer canyon trolling has generally been very good so far, and we can only hope there won’t be the usual mid-summer slump that often occurs during the tournaments.  Last week’s score for the Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant was 119 yellowfins kept out of 219 trolled by the two boats — along with giant tuna releases of 300 and 400 pounds, nine bigeyes to 170 pounds, five white marlin and a swordfish. Though there are few charters left, they do have room on some open trips. Call 732 272-4445.

Capt. Dave De Gennaro has room on an open boat July 4 canyon trip aboard Hi Flier from Barnegat. The price is $350 for the 50-90-mile trip which departs at 2 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Last Thursday’s trip produced a 40+-pound yellowfin for Dave Flood of Mantua, NJ, plus another similar yellowfin and two dolphin caught casting at a buoy with light tackle. Call 732 330-5674.

On Friday, Hi Flier will run a scouting trip to Barnegat Ridge to seek school tuna, bonito, little tunny, Spanish mackerel  or whatever else may have moved in there. The cost is $175 per person.\

Most party boats will be making their usual trips on July 4, but afternoon trips may be affected by the fireworks viewing. Check before coming down.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar has moved the sailing time to 5 a.m. tomorrow. They had a 9 3/4-pound pool-winning fluke on Tuesday when there were some limits and several 4-5-pounders.

Also at Belmar, the Golden Eagle didn’t get the blues and chub mackerel up inn the slick, but did very well with sea bass and ling.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had a 5-pound fluke to take today’s pool, but there was no drift when the tide reached the point when large fluke were encountered the last few trips.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported lots of small blues biting mullet baits in the surf — and Joe Varrato caught a small cobia in the surf. Betty & Nick’s reports the bay is loaded with peanut bunkers. Blowfish are also plentiful, even at the docks.

The good Spanish mackerel bite at Bay Head wasn’t repeated today, though a few were picked eventually. I switched to Mantoloking, and soon had a double of small blues on a Tactical Anglers Crossover popper and a fly teaser — but never raised a thing after that. A move back to Bay Head only produced my first two hickory shads of the year on the teaser.

Joe Melillo at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant had a good Spanish mackerel bite in the surf Sunday evening, and recommends the 1.5-ounce Run-Off Swimming Sand Eel jig.

While casting at Bay Head Tuesday evening, I caught a Spanish mackerel, but the only other fish I caught was a spike weakfish that hit a Crippled Herring. Another one was reported there this morning. After my weak was released, Lou Morales asked me for identification of a fish he caught on metal. Being a lure fisherman, he didn’t recognize a kingfish. What that small king was going to do with a metal lure is a mystery as it was far larger than its mouth.

Vinny D’Anton stuck it out in Shark River and ended up releasing four school stripers on his Chug Bug and a Tsunami Sand Eel.

The July 4 forecast is for southeast winds at 5-10 knots.

Seaquester sweeps shark tournaments

The big NJ shark tournaments have completed their extended runs, and John Marotta’s Seaquester took both Mako Mania and Mako Fever without any controversy this year. It looked like it was all over but the shouting when he got started with a trophy mako that weighed 397 pounds in Mako Mania and 402 pounds in Mako Fever — and that was exactly the case.

Mako Mania

Second place in Mako Mania went to a mako less than half the size — a 151-pounder on Chasin Tail. Third and fourth went to almost identical threshers since no other legal mako was caught. Hello Dolly had a 331-pound thresher to edge Tinknocker by just one pound.

 

Mako Fever has only posted a leaderboard, so those results aren’t official. Reel Shark weighed a 181-pound thresher for second, and third went to a 148-pound thresher by ACX-Cape II.

The Staten Island Tuna Club’s Monster Mako Shark Tournament was run in conjunction with Mako Fever, but they had no weigh-ins there. Chris Carlino said the Tuna Club decided to refund all the entries.

The first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament will be contested out of all ports on July 4. As noted in the recent release run in my blog, it costs $2,000 to enter the one day, winner take all contest which coincides with the worldwide  blue marlin contest. Weigh-ins can be made at Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md. Entries can be filed electronically up to 5 p.m. July 3. Lines go in from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4.  Call 609 884-0177 for info.

An angler casting metal in Manasquan Inlet yesterday afternoon caught a good-sized Spanish mackerel just before my son Mike was married on the beach there to his beautiful Ally whose long blonde hair was blowing in the south wind which offset the temperature and made for a perfect beach wedding under the sun. Her son Aiden (11) looks ready to carry on the Ristori fishing tradition.

Aidan's first striper

 

At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee said he finally got perfect drifting conditions Monday, but shorts still dominated on his Fishermen though more bait was recorded. Capt. Rob Semkewyc didn’t have another foormat to talk about today, but fluke of 5.6 and 5 pounds plus a few threes were boated on his Sea Hunter.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported fishing for blues, chub mackerel and ling wasn’t as good today due to the wind — but sea bass fishing for the two presently allowed was excellent.

The Jamaica from Brielle will be fishing for fluke an bass at 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 4 before running a 5 p.m. fishing and fireworks trip at 5 p.m.

The marine forecast for tomorrow is northwest at 5-10 knots –becoming just 5 in the afternoon.

After the Bay Head surf went dead yesterday morning, Bob Correll of that town was surprised to catch 10 small blues and two Spanish mackerel this morning.

Tropicals keep coming

June turned out to be a memorable month in terms of semi-tropical species arriving in NY/NJ Bight waters very early. In addition to the Spanish mackerel, there were cobia caught even in the surf from South Jersey — and Kevin Kuriawa sent a report about a 38-inch cobia caught by Rich Bizarri on Rick Paglucco’s 25 Cobia boat while fluking Sunday off Sea Bright. To top it off, that was only one of the two cobia he caught! Both the 38-inch and the smaller one were released as the minimum length for cobia is 40 inches. They were caught on 6-inch Gulp. If cobia are spotted on the surface  they can be very aggressive. In Florida I’ve even caught them by casting very long Sekora striper tubes and reeling fast so they create a lot of surface commotion.

The adventure continued today for Aidan Moorby of Franklin, Tn. who’s up here for today’s Manasquan beach wedding of his mother Allie to my son Mike. The 11-year-old caught his first fish (school stripers and fluke) yesterday with Chuck Many on his Ty Man at Highlands, and this morning he got a taste of surf casting. Luis Gonzalez of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl., who’s engaged to my daughter Cyndi, coached Aidan and soon had him making respectable casts with my canal and river light tackle quickly enough to catch a very small bluefish at Bay Head where there had been good action up through yesterday. However, that seemed to be the only fish caught there this morning.

I decided to look for the fish to the south, but saw no signs before blind casting in Mantoloking. I was shocked to hook up on a Chug Bug even though the sun was up highDan D'Antonio 10-6, and landed a double with a blue on the popper and a Spanish mackerel on the fly teaser. Luis hooked up at the same time on metal, but that fish came right off — and there was no more action until Aidan caught a windowpane flounder on the smallest Run-Off Sand Eel jig.

The first party boat doormat fluke reported to me was boated today on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands by Dan D’Antonio. That 10 3/8-pounder was among the few keepers in a day dominated by shorts. Word Press landed that photo above instead of where it was intended.

 

The Jamaica from Brielle will resume 3/4-day fluke and sea bass trips at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The forecast for tomorrow is southwest winds at 10-15 knots.