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.
Anglers aren't missing much as John Bushell of Betty Nick's Tackle in Seaside Park had called the fishing horrible -- probably due to the cold waters resulting from a week of south winds. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar experienced poor fluke fishing today due to the cold waters, though a 7-pound fluke was boated.
Being in all the Calcuttas was the key to success for the second place boat in Mako Mania as Water Proof won the biggest share of the purse for their 218-pound mako even after being pushed back by Thor's 276-pounder. Winning boats and prize money 1st PLACE 'THOR' 19,125 2nd PLACE 'WATER PROOF' 144,165 3rd PLACE 'THE RIGHT PLACE' 12,276 4th PLACE 'SEAQUESTER' 7,878 5th PLACE 'TROPHY HUNTER II' 1,800 6th PLACE 'IMPRESSIONS' 900 The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a return of big blues for jigging as they ranged from 5 to 15 pounds.
The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association ran last weekend's Mako Mania Tournament in fishable weather. Tournament chairman Capt. Pete Grimbilas reported a total of 20 makos making the 66-inch minimum length were weighed at Capt. Bill's Landing in Point Pleasant over the two day contest, and there were probably others that weren't brought to the scales because they were clearly short of making the board while boats were lined up to weigh makos late Sunday afternoon.
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As was noted in last Friday's column, blackfish anglers should take in tonight's public hearing on Draft Amendment 1 to the ASMFC Tautog Fishery Management Plan which starts at 6 30 p. m. in Room 119 of the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River. The next wreck was loaded with protected ocean pout, but Haertel kept moving in order to add cod up to 12 1 2 pounds to the fish box.
Only the boat names of Mako Mania winners were provided in last night's blog, but tournament director Capt. Pete Grimbilas has already sent along unofficial results that include the names of boat owners and anglers as hollows The formatting may be hard to follow, but that prompt action contrasts with the Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo of the week before which still hasn't posted any results on its site. MAKO MANIA 2017 - Tournament Standings (unofficial) Place Boat Name Weight M F Captain Angler Boat 1 Thor 276 M Doug Thorsen Chris Thorsen 15 Glen Gardner, NJ Belvedere, NJ 2 Water Proof 218 F Ryan Vanderkooy Paul Tsouhalas 58 Waretown, NJ Philadelphia, PA 3 The Right Place 208 F Evan Millas Mike DiPascali 28 Point Pleasant, NJ Bridgewater, NJ 4 Seaquester 181 F Joe Marotta Big Swell 52 Wayne, NJ Union, NJ 5 Trophy Hunter 175 F Stan Sziewczyk Mike McGuire 46 Brick, NJ Madison, NJ 6 Impressions 160 M Mark Cofka Mark Cofka 114 Manasquan, NJ Manasquan, NJ There weren't many reports today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar was happy to see some blues on the surface after a tough weekend.
Sorry for the delay in getting the blog out, but I had to stick it out to the last minute at Capt. Bill's Landing in Point Pleasant as boats were backed up to weigh in mako sharks which turned out to be mostly just over the 66-inch minimum length set by the contests. As noted in last night's blog, Water Proof took the first day lead in Mako Mania at 218 pounds, but most boaters held back for Sunday's great forecast.