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Capt. Dave De Gennaro reports bonito are in seasonal form at Barnegat Ridge for trollers, with the only problem being all the small bluefish also feeding there on large quantities of small sand eels. He's running open trips on his Hi-Flier from Barnegat for those fish. Bonito are also being found around the pee-wee blues further north, but not in such quantities. Usually it's just a few, but often large enough to take the pool. Fluking has been a mixed bag, but Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst was happy with what he experienced today at Sandy Hook Reef with Capt. Kevin Cole from Brown's in Keyport. They caught mostly 4-to-6-pounders, with the only problem being the jigs lost in the sticky bottom. Four anglers ended up with 19 keepers. Matraxia also had Cole's seven-year-old son helping him tag shorts -- and they placed about 20 American Littoral Society tags in them. Capt. Bob De Santis reports he found warming waters produced better fluking Saturday from his Skipjack II out of Waretown as he ran 10 miles to the north where his party boated a dozen fluke from 18 to 25 inches on squid and spearing from among the many shorts.

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