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.
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Big swells are usually bad news for ocean bottom fishing, and today was no exception to that rule for Capt. Hans Kaspersetz while hosting Tank Matraxia's party from Lyndhurst for a half-day trip on Sheri Berri from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands. Kaspersetz worked rough bottoms east of Sandy Hook that had been producing for him, but it was a tough pick today as five fluke were boated along with two sea bass and a ling while Matraxia placed American Littoral Society tags into 15 of the short fluke.
Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May reports as follows This week was just about the same as last week, a good number of keeper fluke on the reefs and the Old Grounds. In the next few weeks, if we get a good cold front, the mullet should start moving out of the back and get things going in the surf.