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Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina reports good fluking in both the river and offshore.  Shark River is also producing porgies on worms and clams plus snapper blues. Kingfish are in the surf along with some small stripers. Though peanut bunkers are in Shark River, I haven't seen any while casting poppers from shore. I don't know of any stripers that have been taken there on plugs, jigs or flies lately, and bluefish have been very sporadic, I only raised two yesterday morning that were on-and-off. After  looking at the surf and finding it to be too rough on a low incoming tide, I tried the river again this morning and only had one blast. Yet, that blue took a good run with the current and got me around a piling. Fortunately, I had spinning tackle heavy enough to slowly pull the fish out as my 30-pound mono header over 30-pound braid got nicked up but held for the eventual release of about an 8-pound chopper. No monster like we had in the rivers during the spring, but it would have taken any bluefish party boat pool by a huge margin. Most of the few blues we've been catching there have been only 3 to 4 pounds and, just as was the case last summer, those unseen blues the party boats sail by in the morning would be runaway pool winners offshore. Where did all those big blues go? Fred Golofaro of The Fisherman magazine says he's been catching them in the Montauk surf. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into all-you-want mackerel today along with a few 1-to-2 pound blues and a couple dozen keeper pollock up to a 20-pounder plus shorts. Surprisingly, on such a nice day, there were no reports from Raritan Bay. NOAA Fisheries is closing the Angling Category season for large medium to giant bluefin tuna  (over 73 inches curved fork length) in the Northern area at 9 p.m. Aug. 6. That's the area north of Little Egg Inlet, but the southern area has also been closed since April 10. Paul Haertel of the JCAA details Saturday's contest as follows: 22nd Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament - $50K Prize - 8/6/16 $50,000 Cash for the largest fluke over 12 lbs in our doormat fluke category Drawing for G-3 boat, Yamaha motor and trailer $1200 cash first place prize for the largest fluke in each of our nine ports regardless of the number of entrants. (Nine ports from Jersey City to Cape May) $100 Port Calcuttas, and $50 and $100. Overall Calcuttas for the largest fluke Last years big winner took home a check for $11,000. Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise prizes for 2nd to 10th place in each port Free cheeseburger sliders, hot dogs, mozzerella sticks, soda, coffee and tea at our Awards Ceremony on 8/11 at the Clarion Motel in Toms River $160. (Plus just $25. extra per boat to join the doormat fluke category) Sign up online or print a mail in application at www.jcaa.org. For those signing up online, the additional tournament options including the doormat fluke category and Calcuttas are at the bottom of the page. You may also sign up or ask questions by calling the JCAA office at 732-506-6565 Matt at Jim's Tackle in Cape May reported: The tuna bite shut down at Massey's. Early in the week fishing was good, but by Saturday they were gone. There were some fish reported on the troll along the edge of the Elephant Trunk and down toward the Tea Cup. We have also heard of some yellowfin showing up on the 19 Fathom Lump, but not in the numbers that were at Massey's. The inshore troll is picking up, more and more reports of dolphin are starting to come in from the inshore lumps and around the sea bass pots. There are also a lot of little tunny and bullet mackerel around. We have gotten reports of some Spanish mackerel south of the Old Grounds on the troll along with some nice dolphin. Fluke fishing continues to be slow on the reefs and at the Old Grounds, but is holding up pretty well in the backwaters. There are a lot of fish on the reefs, but mostly shorts. There are plenty of kingfish in the Delaware Bay and in the rips.  Some of the party boats have switched from fluke to the kings until the bite picks back up. Bloodworms or Fish Bites are working best for the kings. Croakers are just starting to show up in the Canal. They will take just about anything you put in front of them and their numbers should increase with time. The surf is about the same with good numbers of kingfish being caught, a lot of fluke (mostly shorts) at The Point, and some spike weakfish. We are also getting reports from the spear fisherman of some sheepshead around the rockpiles along with some triggers. Offshore the marlin fishing is starting to pick up. There are a few yellowfin being picked on the troll and some nice dolphin around the pots in the Wilmington. We also got reports of a bigeye bite in the Wilmington, and another in the Tom's. If they come on anything like last year it should be a good season.

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