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Capt. Paul Regula, of the charter boat Bounty Hunter in Point Pleasant, passed along the sad news that his father, Tony, died yesterday at 82 under hospice care due to lung failure n Sarasota, Florida. It seems like only a few years ago that I saw Tony pull two anchors from the bow of Bounty Hunter after a bottom fishing trip. I'll have more about this in Friday's column. There wasn't any news today about a bluefish blitz such as occurred Saturday off Sea Girt for the few surfcasters on hand as dolphins and blues tore into adult bunkers. Shore party boats weren't in on that as bluefish jigging has been poor and skippers have been concentrating on providing their customers the two sea bass presently allowed. Ocean fluking has improved, but is still picky in cold bottom waters. Though keeper legal fluke are far from a sure thing, the sea bass by-catch results in many anglers going home with a meal. The Jamaica from Brielle also added a few winter flounder to the sea bass during Saturday's trip. Their next tilefish sailing will be at 10 p.m. July 10. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. There were no stripers caught on plugs or sand fleas this morning in the Spring Lake surf, but Vinny D'Anton of Wall missed what he thought were fluke hits on a Tsunami Sand Eel before switching to a 1/8-ounce white Zoom jig to hook a small uke. I tried a new 1/8-ounce Storm 360 GT Searchbait in chartreuse on my lighter spinning rod and hooked the heaviest 16-inch fluke I've ever seen. A little later I had a solid hit and assumed it was a bigger fluke until I beached a fat-bellied20-inch striper that had only a few faint red spots on it. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported sand tiger sharks were hooked Saturday evening. Betty & Nick's weighed a 4-pound fluke that Shannon Sangiovanni caught in the Island Beach State Park surf on peanut bunker and squid.

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