There were only five keepers up to a 23 1 2-incher for the day plus a sea bass and a ling -- along with short sea bass and very few short fluke as Matraxia only put ALS tags in three. D'Anton then tried the Spring Lake surf, but did nothing with stripers before switching to Gulp for seven short fluke up to 17 inches.
The DEP release follows OAA AFFIRMS NEW JERSEY'S CURRENT-SEASON SUMMER FLOUNDER LENGTH AND BAG LIMITS DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LAUNCHES OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE ANGLERS ON KEEPING FISHERY SUSTAINABLE (17 P73) TRENTON - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed New Jersey's summer-flounder fishing size, bag limits and season, meaning all rules adopted by the state earlier this year will remain in effect through early September, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Toward the DEP's goal of ensuring a sustainable summer flounder fishery, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife launched a campaign to educate the fishing public on how to reduce discard mortality by safely releasing summer flounder that do not meet minimum size requirements.
There wasn't any news today about a bluefish blitz such as occurred Saturday off Sea Girt for the few surfcasters on hand as dolphins and blues tore into adult bunkers. The Jamaica from Brielle also added a few winter flounder to the sea bass during Saturday's trip.
D'Anton's bass was clean, but mine had a few of the red spots we've been seeing on most surf bass lately. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park is still getting reports of big blues in the surf on bait though none have been weighed in.
Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst made an evening trip on Thursday with Capt. Johnny Contello from Keyport to tag a 44-inch, fork length (as the ALS measures) striper on a live bunker. Many of the Shark River and nearby surf bass have been covered with red sores, including a 30-incher D'Anton caught on a Chug Bug in the river, and a 30 1 2-incher on sand fleas in the surf.
A series of fluke tournaments begins this month, starting with the 36th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Club two-day contest out of Atlantic Highlands on July 15-16. The Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club held its annual Fluke A Mania fishing tournament last Saturday, July 1, and the junior mates of the BHCFA were on hand helping out cleaning fish.
The Mimi VI will be sailing open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week for lots of ling plus winter flounder, sea bass and a possible cod. I got a shock this morning in Shark River when I switched from a popper to a 4-inch Tsunami Shad and hooked a 24-inch striper at slack water while reeling fast to keep the lure off bottom.
Dave Lilly of Hazlet has been busy working this spring, but that fluke pro slipped offshore Sunday morning and boated one of the very few doormats reported so far. Miss Belmar Princess reported seeing schools of bunkers when they ran north this morning, but there were no blues in them.
Both weekend mornings were good for blues, bonito and even the first small little tunny reported. The cold ocean waters have had a negative effect on fluke fishing, but the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported they were limited by 11 a. m. Saturday with the two sea bass per man now permitted.