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The Tackle Box in Hazlet weighed a 15-pound doormat fluke that hit ordinary spearing and squid in Sandy Hook Channel for Michael R. Nelson of Rockaway. That may be the largest so far this year. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, weighed a 50-pound striper for the XTC yesterday, and a 53-pounder today for Ray Smith -- bringing him up to nine 50-pounders weighed so far this year at the Den. Tony Saunders brought in a fluke over 10 pounds yesterday after catching it on Big Mohawk II. Big blues went wild in the ocean today. The Jamaica from Brielle had lots of blues up to a 16-pounder for Joe Cerenko of Bethlehem, Pa. That boat has magic hours openings on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a good Monday Magic Hours trip with "many fish up to 45 pounds." Capt. Vinny Vetere, of Katfish Charters in Great Kills said the west wind made anchoring difficult in the spot where he had a very good chunking trip on Monday, but his charter still ended up with a dozen bass to over 30 pounds. Matt Slobodjian, at Jim's Tackle in Cape May, reports as follows: Striper fishing is winding down in the Delaware Bay and on the beaches. We didn't weigh any fish last week and only know of a couple caught from the beach.The drum are still around in the deeper water around the Pintop and the edge of the channel around #16 buoy. Most of the boats are switching to fluke fishing so bait will start to get scarce as we can't order enough to make it worthwhile for the clammers to go.Fluke fishing is picking up at the Cape May Reef. We've gotten reports of some patrons of the party boats getting limits of fluke. The Old Grounds and Delaware Reef Site #10 are giving up some good catches as well. Up in the Delaware Bay we are hearing of a few keeper fluke around Miah Maul Light in the channel, but most of the fish are shorts.The best weakfish bite we've heard of lately is from Higbee's Beach. The fish are being caught from the rocks as well as from around the sunken structure down the beach a ways. The best bait continues to be bloodworms, but we've seen good action floating clam, and lure fishing also. There are some croakers hanging out in this area too. If you're getting bites on a float rig but can't get a hook set, drop to the bottom and downsize tackle to catch these fish.Offshore the best tuna bite is still in the Norfolk Canyon, but we are starting to see some small yellowfin coming from our canyons. The spotter planes are reporting thresher sharks on some of the schools of bunker close to shore. Smaller baits will do better for threshers. Snagging live bunker is always a good bet for these fish. Makos are still hanging around the twenty to thirty fathom lines and there are still a bunch of blue sharks in these areas also.

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