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There was hot bluefishing again today in Manasquan Inlet, but those fish also finally turned onto jigs in the ocean. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good catches of 6-to-12-pounders on jigs. The run of big blues in Manasquan Inlet on surface lures continued early in the morning, with poppers producing lots of surface strikes. I was told they also hit later in the morning, but the evening bite was slower than the previous day. Jim Freda had his Manasquan High School Fishing Club out on the north jetty rocks during late afternoon, casting into the inlet with swimmers to catch some big blues when nothing was going on west of them. I finally managed one blue release on a Gag's surface lure inside the inlet before heading home to write this blog. Another angler said an ambulance was required in the morning for an angler who got a hook buried in his hand with a big blue attached. They had to cut the blue's head off in order to get to the hospital. Another caster also ended up there this afternoon with a bad bluefish bite. Be very careful handling big blues on plugs. It's best to eliminate trebles (especially the belly hook on plugs) and use single hooks with crushed barbs. Tank Matraxia and his Lyndhurst party fished with Carnivore from Sewaren in Raritan Bay and around the islands to boat three stripers in the teens plus three blues and some skates.  Capt. Hans Kaspersetz was trolling stripers and blues in the back of the bay late in the afternoon on bunker spoons from his Sheri Berri out of Baker's Marina on the Bay in Highlands. Capt. Stan Zagleski said the early cool northeast wind was modest, but there was a big swell left over. He had a pick of blackfish on some spots with Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands, but nothing on other drops. Clams were most effective. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported blues are hitting chunks in both the surf and inlets. The largest weighed was 16.3 pounds. Thursday is a No Go for the Cock Robin from Point Pleasant. 

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