Stan Zagleski filed the following report from Eline B. I from Bahrs in Highlands GOOD fishing with multiple limits August 15, 2017 Whatever swell that was forecast to be present the past couple of days was nowhere to be found again today and the fluke were hungry. Multiple fluke and sea bass limits for the guys and gals today.
Capt. Ron Santee said fluking on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands was picky today, but another big fluke (8 3 8 pounds) took the pool. There was only a little swell today which made the fluke more aggressive for the guys and gals who worked both the natural baits as well as the Gulps and or Spros.
Doormat fluke have been scarce this season, but that's what it took to win Saturday's Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County Fluke Tournament. The SWABC posted the following Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County, New Jersey The winners of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County 2017 Fluke Tournament are as follows 1st- Mike Menzel, Steve Liberty, Don Liberty, Ed Codding 2nd- Jeff Crilly, Scott Crilly, Sean Smida, Lou Derosa, Bob Hryszko 3rd- Bob Cameron First place was 25 pounds for three fish Second-place was 23.
The Jamaica from Brielle had great action today with bonito from 3 to 6 pounds plus blues from 2 to 5 pounds -- and added some Spanish mackerel. The Big Mohawk from Belmar had OK fluking as there were many 3-to-5-pounders and limit catches.
Griffin's 86-pound white marlin looked like a good bet to win the big money at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md., but on the last day of the contest that white was clearly beaten when Wire Nut from Annapolis, Md. weighed a 95. There was little change otherwise as no blue marlin big enough to weigh could be caught -- though there was finally a dolphin on the board.
Last Saturday's JCAA Fluke Tournament was contested by 252 boats weighing in at nine ports on a day that started with storms but ended up fine. The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been returning to the dock with satisfied anglers and in many cases with limit catches of big fish.
There had been no qualifying white marlin for the biggest money, but all that changed when Business from Key Largo, Fl. However, before the day was out, Griffen from Palm Beach weighed a white of 86 pounds that will be hard to beat for 2,600,000.
Blue Runner from Manasquan not only took over first with a 67-pound tuna by James Boynton, but also third with a 60-pounder by James Keely. The total catch consisted of three white marlin releases and two tuna for the 12 boats.
Despite a marginal forecast, 132 boats attempted to get a jump ahead in the White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. without much success as only a few fish were caught. One boater brought in a white marlin which made the legal length, but was short of the minimum weight.