The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands got out Thursday and found a few keeper fluke, but no shorts as all the bait readings were hanging above the roiled bottom. A boater I talked to at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant this morning noted that small blues were hitting fluke rigs being reeled up in 80-foot depths to the north yesterday.
That strange tropical storm did little physical damage at the Shore other than moving some replenished sand around, but put a big financial dent in the pockets of merchants who missed out on the last big holiday weekend of the summer, and for boaters who wasted both time and money getting their boats pulled when they could have been fishing every day in the bays and rivers. Vinny D'Anton of Shark River Hills hasn't raised a striper or blue from shore in Shark River since days before the storm, but finally saw lots of mullet and peanut bunker Thursday morning -- a sign that they're getting ready to move down the beach.
The Cock Robin from Point Pleasant had planned to sail today, but will do so tomorrow. Adam La Rosa of the Canyon Runner fleet at Point Pleasant summed up canyon prospects in the following e-mail As Good As It Gets Limits of Yellowfin on the Chunk!
What passed for a tropical storm resulted in a very rough ocean, but didn't interfere with Capt. Dave De Gennaro's weakfishing in Barnegat Bay at all as he had good results from Thursday through Saturday on his Hi Flier from Barnegat. I've been making a brief attempt at the slack with light tackle and sandworms, but the volume of juvenile sea bass is hard to get past with soft baits.
Many people missed out on a beautiful Labor Day with sun and moderate winds due to the forecast yesterday evening that included gusts to 40 mph last night followed by gusts to 36 mph today. Hopefully this storm won't turn things off in the canyons and it may actually be good for the tuna fishing.
The forecast of high winds noted in last night's blog never occurred, as there was only a breeze as I caught short blackfish up to 14 inches this morning in Point Pleasant Canal. The new forecast calls for only 24-29 mph north winds tonight (though it's very light as this was being written), and 22-25 mph on Labor Day with gusts to 36 plus a 30 percent chance of showers after 11 a. m. By Tuesday it should be down to 16 to 21 mph from the north.
Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall fished the Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club Offshore Open from Wednesday afternoon to Friday morning aboard Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club. The Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club awards dinner was postponed to Sunday at 3 p. m. in the Manasquan River Club.
We went out at about 10 30 a. m., and had lots of action, but just as other experts had assured Many there were no stripers -- until a last effort when my sand worms were left alone long enough by bluefish and I reeled a bass of about 30 inches alongside, where Many removed the circle hook barely in its lip in the water for the release at 7 p. m. During late morning, Many worked some of his favorite summer spots in Raritan Bay which produced dogfish and small sea bass before he spotted a couple of breaks.
The recent White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. was blessed with perfect canyon fishing weather and record white marlin fishing and the MidAtlantic ended last Friday night at that satellite port plus the main port in Cape May after being equally blessed. Though blasted the first day with a northwest wind, it was calm seas and hot white marlin fishing for the rest of the week.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant also reported getting into good bluefishing today for the first time since early July. I caught the size bluefish we used to find in the ocean in other summers, but there was just one 30-incher (about 8 pounds) that hit my Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper in Shark River.