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A blowout day for most

Small craft warnings are still up as east winds continue to gust into Monday before we get a break later in the week. Of course, that didn’t stop Chuck Many in his pursuit of harbor stripers even in poor conditions yesterday.The photo i copied didn’t gome up.

Small craft advisory up through late Monday afternoon

The weekend blowout continues with east wunds gusting to 30 knots tomorrow and and staying in effect through late Monday afternoon.

That didn’t bother the boaters at Morgan Marina this afternoon as they were celebrating that marina’s 60th year. Capt. Joe Massa of My Three Sons was winding down after a great yellowfin tuna trip out of Shinnecock on his friend A.J.’s boat to the Coimbra wreck. They didn’t have a hit until 11 when they chunked them up behind a dragger for non-stop action.

Chuck Many is back from S.C. and into stripers on his Tyman from Highlands as he found them in sll his usual harbor spots yesterday evening.

The free weightlifting set noted here last night was taken, but the bench remains along with office furniture. Call 732 757-5531.

Selling N.J. house — weightlifting set and office furniture at no charge over weekend


I’m cleaning up my home prior to putting it up for sale this week. The furniture in my office is available at no charge, as is a weightlifting set with bench that I trained with in high school to build myself up from a 100-pound weakling to the Long Island lightweight title in 1954 and a lifetime of fighting big game fish. My son Mike added the bench and he became an Ironman — so there are good vibes

There is also other house furniture for sale, along with a desk computer that was never used — plus many never used khaki shirts and others friom around the world. Many carry names such as Budweiser, Evinrude, Fenwick, etc. — and are just $5.

The N.J. sea bass season opened in fine weather. but there’s a small craft advisory up through Sunday after adternoon for a northeast blow. Party boats such as the Big Mohawk have already cancelled for two days.

The addess is 1552 Osprey Ct., Manasquan Park. Please call me at732 757-5531

The address is 1552 Osprey Ct., Manasquan

NJ sea bass opens tomorrow in fine weather

NJ anglers have been waiting for the sea bass season to reopen, and that’s on for tomorrow. Best of all the wind forecast is only 5 knots before a northeast blow on Saturday.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar only picked at 3-8-pound blues on jigs this norning before heading off to chum up chub mackerel plus some smaller blues. They will start with blues before switching to sea bass.

Mike Koblan trolled Manasquan Ridge yesterday with Christian Murray on his Tracey Lee as they released 10 little tunny on sidevtrackers and also a bluefin tuna that was only an inch short.

Vinny D’Anton reported schools of bunkers everywhere in the Monmouth County surf this morning thouhgh there were no fish on them.

Tuna hitting inshore & offshore

There weren’t many reports today. but two good ones concerned tuna,

Hans Kaspersetz fished aboaed Waterproof as they loaded the dock with canyon tunas; and N.Y. striper pro Joe Balzamo put his crew on another big Rockaways bluefin tuna.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a boat limit of 3- to 8-pound bluefish today plus some little tunny.

Powerful current slows porgy fishing

Capt. Ron Santee had a real

on porgies during Monday’s trip with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but it was a different story today as a strong current never backed off and porgy bites were few. As a result, Santee is taking tomorrow off.

Vinny D’Anton said the big blues didn;t return to northern N.J. beaches this morning, and a rough surf made it impossible to fish his Chug Bug, so he switched to and fleas and released three small stripers.

Max Koblan (9) of Manasquan Park was casting from a dock on Manasquan River last night when he caught multiple small blues casting a small Rapala.

The forecast is for northeast winds at 5-10 knots..

Change to north winds

After many days of west or northwest winds. there’s a change coming after midnight with a switch to north at 5 knots but with higher gusts and a liklihood of showers.. This may actually imptove surfcasting for stripers which was still poor this morning when Vinny D’Anton tried casting at Spring Lake. Yet, he ended up with a good morning after getting a report of breaking fish well off Monmouth Beach. When he arrived there were bay anchovies littering the beach, indicating the blues had driven them up. After some time, the 8-12-pound choppers moved in again and attacked big poppers cast to them. Where will they be tomorrow?

Bluefishing was better at night

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a fine Saturday night bluefish trip with a boat limit, yet the choppers were fussy again in the morning even though some were splashing and others following up hooked fish.; That boat is tuna fishing Monday, but will be back to blues on Tuesday.

Bottom fishermen are looking forward to the reopening of the sea bass season on Oct. 8. Some porgies, blackfish and triggerfish are being caught at prescent from amoing great quantities of small sea bass.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had their best Exotics trip on Thursday with quantites of the bonito that have been missing so far this fall, There were also Spanish mackerel, little tunny and lots of blues plus short weakfish.

The weather looks good with south winds at 5-10 knots and a chance of showers.

Chuck Many is taking a break from the fine redfish angling in Hilton Head, S.C.. and heading back to his Metropolitan stripers.

Huge waves hit Jersey beaches this afternoon

Vinny D’Anton checked the Monmouth County surf this afternoon and reported that surfers were having a great time in waves from an offshore storm that were as high as 15 feet.

The surf was rough, but fishable, this morning when I hooked a 24 1/2-inch striper on my first cast with a Chug Bug at Spring Lake. I lost another after a few casts, and Mike Monte lost a bigger fish on his last try before returning to Nantucket. Then it went completely dead. Vinny was fishing further north and spotted some fish chasing mullet which resulted in two bass and a blue releas ed. Tommy Cox was even further north when he spotted little tunny and got two hits without a hook-up.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar wasn’t bothered by the swell as blues were on top. The 3 to 10-pounders hit Ava jigs — and some little tunny were caught in addition to a boat limit of blues.

Red drum almost always have a spot or two at the base of the tail, but this one that Chuck Many caught at HIilton Head, S.C, was a real show-off.

Small craft warnings are up through Sunday afternoon though the winds are west at only 10-15 knots which go southwest at just 5-10 in the afternoon.

General category bluefin tuna reopens Oct. 3

The commercial General, category for bluefin tuna has received an infusion from the Reserve category. and the Oct.-Nov. fishery is being opened by NOAA Fisheries on Oct. 3 with a quota of 212.2 metric tons.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported picky jigging for bluefish though some fares managed five-blue limits, with Ava 27 jigs being best. There were lots of chub mackerel added to the catch.The Big Mohawk is out of the yard and will sail at 7a.m. for blackfish and triggerfish

Mike Monte, back from Nantucket to chase stripers on his old Monmouth County beaches, releleased five schoolies this morning

Allen Riley said the small Lot A was filled when he arrived at Sandy Hook around 10 a.m. as there was gull action offshore of there. He fished out of Lot B and didn’t see any bait or anything caught. There was one offshore flurry around noon that looked like feeding little tunny, but they broke up.

Nick Honachefsky reminds that this is the last weekend to sign up for next weekend’s Barrier Island Beach Brawl with loads of prizes even for those who don’t catch a fish.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20.