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Posted on July 28, 2019 Tough trolling for WMIT boats The opening event in the big money offshore trolling tournaments didn’t go very well as there were some sloppy seas from an offshore storm though winds inshore were generally light. Some results finally were posted on the tournament web site, though there’s never been a leaderboard so no weights are available. The 30 boats entered only caught 50 fish in two days of trolling. White marlin led the way with one brought in and 27 released. There were also four blue marlin releases, while smaller game fish were scarce with just 11 tuna and seven dolphin. The only other information posted was for winnings. The Grand Champion Crazy Tuna won  a purse of $42,316, and they were also Tuna Champion for $17,048. Melina was the White Marlin Champion for $19,590.  The Blue Marlin Champ was Big Dog for $8,344. If weights are ever posted I’ll add that information. As sparse as the WMIT info was, the Point Pleasant Elks hadn’t posted any official results of Saturday’s Fluke Tournament before I did this blog. I did talk to one participant who thought that the winners were only around 8 and 8 1/2 pounds. The Jamaica from Brielle has room on their 40-70-mile tuna trip which departs at 12:30 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The Jamaica ended up with another good bonito trip after a slow start on Friday — plus the first jumbo bluefish I’ve heard of in the ocean so far. They only picked a few bonito, blues and chub mackerel in the morning, but everyone loaded up on bonito with jigs in the afternoon when Tom Rosenberger of Souderton, Pa. also hooked a 12 1/4-pound blue. Ten to 20 bonito often followed up the hooked fish. Phil Fischer reports running across dirty brown water and lots of floating trash on his way out to the Mud Hole on Friday  from Highlands. There were also bait schools in that area. He and his brother ended up drifting wrecks in at least 120 feet to load up on ling. With the wind blowing Saturday, they decided to go crabbing in the Navesink River — which was outstanding. Small craft warnings are up now, but by Monday morning the forecast is for southwest at 5-10 knots before increasing in the afternoon to 10-15 with gusts to 25 knots. I gave the Manasquan surf a try this morning, and released a 23-inch striper on a small Yo-Zuri popper. Not very big, but any striper on a popper is a thrill — especially in the summer surf. Oshane Kerlew was walking by and snapped the following shot.      

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