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The 22nd annual JCAA Fluke Tournament will be contested Saturday from first light to 5 p.m. Those who still haven't signed up can do so by calling 732 506-6975, or by visiting www.jcaa.org. There are nine ports to choose from, ranging from Cape May to Jersey City -- each with its own set of prizes. There also Calcuttas both at the ports and overall, plus the opportunity to win $50,000 for the largest doormat over 12 pounds. The boat entry (up to six anglers) is $160 plus $25 in order to be eligible for the doormat prize. Even after it's all over, you'll still be eligible for drawings at the Awards party on Aug, 11 at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. I'll be fishing the JCAA Tournament, so Saturday's blog may be a bit late. There were no party boat fluke reports today, but Scott Leadbeater of Haddon Heights caught a couple of keeper fluke from his center console out of Atlantic Highlands before his wife arrived, and then she hooked a 20-inch fluke while Scott added two keepers off the Sandy Hook beach at the Cedars. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said boaters did very well with fluke Thursday in Manasquan River. They used squid and spearing on the hi-lo rigs he's tying. Vinny D'Anton of Shark River Hills released a 22-inch striper that hit his popper in the Belmar surf early this morning despite a 4-to-5-foot swell that made for a rough and very shallow surf on the low tide. Tank Matraxia joined a friend from Lyndhurst on his trailered boat Thursday as they caught seven keeper fluke up to 22 inches between Shewsbury River and Ambrose Channel. The Golden Eagle from Brielle sought out bluefish, but when they found the choppers they wouldn't hit. The trip was saved with some sea bass, porgies and fluke.

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