The first fall northeaster often produces a surf blitz, but that wasn't the case Wednesday morning in the Spring Lake surf where Vinnie D'Anton got into the first good showing of surf stripers the previous morning as he raised eight to his Chug Bug and landed half of them up to 30 inches. We went out again Tuesday afternoon to release four small stripers casting the small Tsunami shad in Raritan Bay along with a 13 -inch sea bass among lots of little ones, plus legal porgies up to 12.
Many first worked rough bottom spots in Raritan Bay where porgies and tiny sea bass did a job on our sandworms. Yet, Many also released a 13 1 2-inch sea bass -- the first time I've seen one that large in shallow bay waters rather than in Ambrose Channel.
The start of a northeaster in the fall often results in a surf blitz, but that wasn't the case at Spring Lake this morning even though there had been good action with stripers the previous morning. The Jamaica from Brielle got in their 31-hour canyon trip from Tuesday to Wednesday and finally found a yellowfin tuna bite thanks to a report from Capt. Phil Dulanie of the Canyon Runner who was aboard a private boat into the tuna.
Bob Matthews sent along the following e-mail from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina Well what's your take on the 2016 Fluke season My opinion it was a good one for most charter boats party boats. The Big Mohawk had a good day for a final fluke trip with some limits of fish to 7 lb.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar cancelled today due to the rough ocean, but will be concluding Sunday with a Marathon from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m. They'll be fishing deep water rocks and wrecks to give fares a shot at beating the seasonal pool leader of 9. Matt Slobodjian reports from Jim's Tackle in Cape May that The fluke fishing ended just about the same as it has been.
He was back to chumming with grass shrimp on the east side this afternoon, and didn't do a thing until the current started running hard and big snapper blues moved in before two hours of non-stop weakfishing. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into small blues today, with steady action on Run-Off Hammer jigs except around 10 30.
His rough spots in Raritan Bay had lots of tiny sea bass plus porgies that were eating up our sandworms, so he moved to the Hudson River where a very short drift produced hot action with weakfish from 19 to 29 inches for 30 releases plus five bluefish, a short fluke, two sea robins, a porgy, and lots of those little sea bass There's actually been better striper action for a few anglers in the surf. The Gambler from Point Pleasant had a similar report of lots of dolphin on their first first canyon run.
Jason La Rosa's report follows Book End Tournament Win Jackson Hsieh Canyon Runner Team 156,000 - MRMTC Offshore Open MARLIN FISHING OFF THE CHARTS. SAW 18 WHITES MONDAY IN 8 HOURS 2 Dates Left on 48 Viking Until Next Year 1 Dates Left on 60 Ritchie Until Next Year Jackson Hsieh Canyon Runner 1st 2nd Place Check out the New DEEP Gloves (Seen below) So Far So Good - first fish leadered was a Tournament Winning 264 Big-Eye - Not a Bad Start!
Chuck Many of Annandale spent Tuesday looking for striped bass on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands, and never found one of any size -- but made up for that with a hot bite of weakfish in the Hudson River. There was a north wind blowing when we headed out about 8 30 a. m., but it was moderate enough for decent drifting conditions in the Hudson River after our small peanuts bunkers and sandworms were getting eaten up by porgies and tiny sea bass at Many's favorite rough bottom spots in Raritan Bay.