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Posted on July 25, 2019 Hot bonito bite continues Frank Huza of Aberdeen fished aboard the Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant today and was delighted with the results. They ran 90 minutes to the east where fishing was poor, and Frank only caught one 3-pound blue. However, a move 30 minutes to the south put them into solid bonito, Using size 2 light wire hooks and spearing for bait put 14 bonito into Frank’s cooler. Bonito were often seen flashing in the slick. The Golden Eagle from Belmar also reported a good day with blues, bonito and chub mackerel as most of their fish were jigged though many mackerel were on bait. Allen Riley of South Plainfield tried the Sandy Hook surf, and found the summer doldrums continuing there this morning. One regular noted that he caught a 20-inch cobia there last week — which is half the size required for a keeper. Tommy Cox did better than that at Spring Lake as he caught three school stripers on his popper. Best of all, he saw peanut bunker, and talked to a fluke fishermen who said that’s what he’s been finding in his keepers. Vinny D’Anton stayed in Shark River yesterday morning after a slow start and got into a bite of blues up to a 12-pounder plus bass on his Chug Bug under the sun as the tide turned to incoming.  It wasn’t likely that there would be a repeat of that an hour later today — and there wasn’t! Fortunately, there was some life earlier as I caught a blue of about 7 pounds on a Pili Popper, and three more of 3-4 pounds plus a 22-inch striper.  Joe Blaze of Brielle came down with his fly rod and released a school striper on his first cast. That’s often the kiss of death — and he never got another hit. The White Marlin Invitational is underway, and continues out of Beach Haven through Saturday. Dick Ridley of the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club said there are 30 boats fishing for a purse of over $106,000. All took a lay day yesterday in a choppy sea, and only two of the larger boats fished today. I’ll post results as they become available.

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