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Weekly Update (June 11, 2017)

The weather gods are going to smile upon fishermen this week.  A summer weather pattern is settling in and other than a cold front that could produce some boomers on Wed it all looks clear sailing for all species. 

It is go time for Shark.  Unfortunately the messiness of the weather from last week really put an anchor on last week's action and disrupted a bit 2 of the big tournaments that ended yesterday.  Water temps are just about perfect to go get your Mako this week.   Of coure, even if you don't catch a Mako, Brown and Blue sharks are around so you should have some fun.  Head to a nice lump where you can set up a good drift along some structure and let the chum fly.  If you can find a temp break around some 65 degree water, even better.

Nice weather this coming week should make it easier to find the Bunker pods.  If you find the Bunker you have a decent chance of finding some nice Striped Bass.  More and more you really need to get out early for so many reasons.  The increasing boat traffic as summer draws near tends to disrupt things.  Also, bright sunshine with an almost full summer sun is going to put the bass down.

You have one more week to catch some Seabass before we head into regulations hell.  It already getting tougher to find enough to limit so expect this week to be the toughest so far.  All of the usual haunts have kind of been picked at this point so you may need to run to your special numbers if you really want to pound them.  Shorts galore at the moment.  All things being equal I would drif and jig (Deadly Dicks, Ava's) around structure to pick off the big ones rather then set up on anchor and drop clam.  Always seem to catch bigger fish on average on jigs. 

Should be a fine week a fluking ahead, especially if you like to catch shorts.  The good news is that moderating water temps mean that the Fluke won't go completely lock-jaw on the incoming tide like they do early in the season

 

 

 

Latest NJ Bonito Reports

  • 2017-09-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Some pretty good weather is ahead of us, and anglers should take advantage of it since there's a tropical storm warning posted for Tuesday. There's already a large swell on the beach, and that will get even larger if Jose continues to swirl around offshore. Ocean chumming for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel has generally been very good.

  • 2017-09-07 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we fished on the beach on bird life. We had some albies, bonito and blues in the morning. Once the tide changed, we lost the albies but boy oh boy did the blues bite! We SLAUGHTERED THE BLUES with most anglers onboard catching their limits and some! (but only keeping their limits) They ranged anywhere from 2-5 lbs. Ava 27s, both plain and tailed, worked the best.

  • 2017-09-04 Miss Belmar Belmar

    Today, we sailed out into the horizon east of our port. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole and started the mackerel immediately. We were able to catch them and keep them all around the boat all day long. We had numerous bonito and some nice sized albies also in the catch. Everything was caught on 007 jigs.

  • 2017-09-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The best report today came from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar which reported a super day of fishing for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel -- along with a 20-to-25-pound yellowfin tuna boated and another lost. Hopefully, those mullet will move out into the ocean after Sunday's east winds to get the fall surf striper run started early.

  • 2017-09-02 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we had another excellent day of fishing east of shark river inlet. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole again and started the mackerel right away. We continued to catch the macs along with some nice sized bonito and jumbo sea bass (which had to go back)

  • 2017-09-01 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we had another good day of angling. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole well east of shark river inlet. It didn't take long to start the mackerel and it got better as the day went on with some bonito and a couple of albies mixed in. It was an excellent day of fishing!

  • 2017-08-31 BHCFA Beach Haven

    The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association used the forced time off to tend to various items on their boats that might have needed attention.

    Last weekend Captain Ray Lopez had the Jayhee Cho party out for a trolling trip at the Barnegat Ridge. The group managed to boat multiple false albacore and one nice Bonita 

  • 2017-08-31 Miss Belmar Belmar

    We ran offshore today and anchored up along the edge of the mud hole. Mackerel fishing was good all day long and we also had bonito and albies in the mix. For the anglers who bottom fished, they were able to stay busy with jumbo sea bass!

  • 2017-03-30 Ristori Bay Head

    When I called a few years ago to question that listing, they conceded that they were using an outdated assessment though the coastal run had disappeared and even the big commercial boats were hardly catching any mackerel far offshore. His daughter, Natalie, was aboard Monday as they had hits every cast with live pilchards to Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, but could only manage a couple of small redfish (red drum) from among lots of non-biters.
  • 2017-01-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Yet, sailfishing had been good Monday, and it was quite fishable for Capt. Scott Stanczyk on Catch 22 from Bud N' Mary's Marina. Unfortunately, there wasn't much action and the sails were very small -- making them difficult to hook on the balao they preferred.

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