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The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club White Marlin Invitational got started today, with boaters able to pick two out of four days to fish. Weigh-ins will be at both the club and Hoffman's Marina in Brielle up to 8 p.m. If there are any results posted I'll do another blog later tonight. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some bluefish today, and then added the two sea bass per person presently allowed. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant concentrated on the sea bass. Capt. Ron Santee made up for a poor Tuesday on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as he watched fluke of 6.2 and 6.8 pounds come aboard before an 8 3/4-pounder ran away with the pool. Many other quality fluke plus large sea bass wee added. Capt. Stan Zagleski also noted that yesterday was tough in a leftover swell, but there were some limits of both fluke and sea bass taken today on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. Yesterday's big blues in Shark River didn't reappear for shore casters this morning, but Vinnie D'Anton and Frank Manzi caught some small blues on poppers at first light. I only saw one cocktail blue caught by the time I arrived, but while casting a very large pencil popper that had worked yesterday, I raised a big blue and had a couple of other misses.  With daytime surfcasting having been generally dull the last few weeks, some anglers are switching to soaking baits at night for an exciting battle with a brown or sand tiger shark. That fishery is well developed at Island Beach State Par, with many regulars from Grumpy's and Betty & Nick's in Seaside Park participatingevery fishable night. However, Jerry Lasko of Point Pleasant is finding similar success with browns in the 40-pond class plus cownose rays while fishing much closer to home with his girl friend, Maren Toleno from Mantoloking. She also makes shark rigs which are sold at Grumpys. Both browns and sand tigers must be released unharmed. The latest report from Matthew Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May follows: to you + 9 mwe" We saw a good number of fluke come in from the backwaters this week. Charlie Danowski of Lester Pa. weighed in a 7.35lb. flounder from the back. The boat he was on had a four man limit of fish and they never left the harbor.There were better numbers of fluke on the Cape May reef and some nice sea bass mixed in around the bridge rubble on the Northeast corner. We are also getting some reports from the Delaware Bay up in the shad stakes and around Miah Maul light of nice fluke. Blackfish are all around the rocks and bridges in Cape May. We are starting to see more sheepshead and triggerfish showing up around the rocks as well. Mark Christopher, his brother Jamie, and Jaime's son Jake fished the Wildwood Crest bridge and caught their limit of tautog, a couple of keeper fluke, some nice sheepshead and a couple of triggers. The tuna bite was good this week but shifted between Massey's Canyon, the Hot Dog, and the 19 Fathom Lump. One day it was good at one spot then next day another. We received good reports to the north from Lemke's Canyon and The Lobster Claw of both bluefins and yellowfins. Some guys are trolling but the majority are chunking butters and sardines. The dolphin are around the pots inshore and some have been taken right at Cape May Reef.The canyons have been slow but we are getting more reports of white marlin starting to come up in the spreads. There were a few tuna and dolphin caught in the canyons this week, but the inshore action is definitely better.The surf action is mainly kingfish, spike weakfish, and small fluke with a few croakers showing up just recently. The shark fishing off the beaches is still good but most of the fish this week were smaller. Sometimes the bigger fish move into the deeper water when the temp gets up in the 70's.

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