Though there have been signs that the unprecedented mid-summer run of large striped bass in Raritan Bay may be dying out, there was still good fishing today for those who stuck it out. My last bass almost cleaned out a Shimano spinning outfit , and turned out to be a 33-pounder -- proving that some of those very large for the summer bass are still in the bay.
The Jamaica will be adding 4 30 to 8 30 p. m. trips starting Sunday, and continuing from Monday through Wednesday by reservation. Last minute registration is possible at Wednesday's captains meeting in the Beach Haven Clubhouse from 5 to 8 p. m. For info call 201 376-5552, or 609 685-4130.
Also at Belmar Marina, Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman's Den that Brian Kean of Yardley, Pa. had a 4 1 4-pound fluke over the weekend from a rental boat, while Tom Mibail from Newton boated fluke of 3 and 6 1 2 pounds from a rental. Capt. Ryan Bogan said he had good fluking last week on Jamaica II from Brielle, but it was slower over the weekend -- especially in Sunday's strong current.
Following are the official results from Saturday's Raritan Bay Anglers Charity Fluke Tournament as supplied by Al Hrehowsik The Raritan Bay Anglers Club held its 24th Annual Charity Fluke Tournament out of Perth Amboy's Harborside Marina on Saturday July 19,2014 Here are the list of winners and higlights of our event. First Place went to Jim Risi of Bridgewater who fished with Ray Hermes of Matawan on his boat, along with Jayme Yuhasz of Fords and Brian Hermes of South Amboy.
35-pound doormat won the Raritan Bay Anglers Charity Fluke Tournament contested today out of Harborside Marina in Perth Amboy. My son Mike joined Chris DeGennaro of Wall and his children on his Kaylee Marie from Manasquan to drift for fluke at Sea Girt Reef where they ended up with 10 keepers up to 22 inches.
Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst fished for fluke on Deep Down from Keyport, and tagged 17 shorts. last week to put the Bill Grimes party from Wayne into 98 whiting up to 3 pounds plus over 200 redfish up to 4 pounds.
I haven't had many bluefin tuna reports, so I accompanied Capt. Lou Grazioso and Chris Schmidt on Bob Chervanak's Lady Dorado from Key Haven Marina in Waretown on a trolling trip with Lady Dorado -- a 32-foot Scout center console. After hearing poor reports from Chicken Canyon, Grazioso trolled south along the 30-fathom line and came across a 54-inch, 100-pound bluefin that hit his squid daisy chain as the owner celebrated his first large tuna on the new boat.
Standard theory indicates that big stripers have moved to cooler waters in New England by this time, but that's not what we've seen in Raritan Bay the last two weeks. That fish fought a long time in a strong tide, and it floated back up after release, requiring Many to pull anchor and net it again.
Just as was the case last Tuesday, Chuck Many of Annandale had no information to go on in his search for striped bass today -- but he was confident he'd find them with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands in one of his many favorite spots from Raritan Bay to the Rockaways. We also released at least 10 dogfish, and I had Many weigh one of mine that pulled the scale to the 20-pound mark.