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Posted on July 21, 2021 Cobia rules in place Cobia are an unusual catch in N.J. , but some are caught every year — and anglers must be aware of the new rules for that species which allow for one 36-inch total length minimum cobia per vessel per day with no seasonal restriction. Cobia on the surface are often mistaken for a shark, and may hit many types of lures and baits — or can be very fussy. They are fine game fish, and one of the best on the plate. Bluefish were splashing when the Golden Eagle from Belmar started fishing today, but few could be tempted to hit jigs. Fortunately, sea bass were hitting and everyone caught their two-bass limit while there were also some ling, porgies and triggerfish though the big one got away — a 20-pound dolphin, The Big Mohawk from Belmar has been doing very well with fluke, and yesterday reported the first North Jersey doormat I’ve heard of — a 10 1/2-pounder. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had a good day of fluking which included a couple of limits. Mark Roy covered a lot of ocean yesterday with his Release Me from Raritan Marina, but the mob scene offshore killed the tuna bite. Chuck Many isn’t finding “monster” stripers for his crews on Tyman from Highlands, but he’s tagging and releasing some very respectible stripers for July. Yesterday’s surf action south of Manasquan Inlet wasn’t repeated,but I did get my first Spanish mackerel surf report as one was caught at Pt. Pleasant. The last two years they had shown in the surf during June. There’s thunder outside the window as I write this, but it’s looking better for tomorrow with north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 before going west at 5-10 in the afternon.

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