Fishing was poor during the contest period as relatively small tuna caught the first day ended up winning a lot of money. Capt. Ron Santee reported good fluke action from his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands, but there weren't as many keepers and big fish as on Monday.
The unexpected gusty northeast wind put a big dent in morning fishing along the Shore, but Capt. Ron Santee said it worked out just fine in Raritan Bay as there were lots of keeper fluke on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. That was quite a contrast to the Shore, Vinnie D'Anton and I were casting from the shore into Shark River as we watched the Big Mohawk from Belmar head out with a big Monday crowd of fluke anglers -- only to watch that large party boat return a half-hour later.
Their Saturday afternoon fun trip produced good fluke action with lots of shorts plus some keepers up to 5 pounds and sea bass. The Jamaica from Brielle had good mackerel fishing Saturday along with a few blues, ling and sea bass -- and even several dolphin up to a 10-pounder.
Fluke fishing was very good today in the Raritan Bay area. At Seaside Park, Betty Nick's reports good fluking in the surf along with small blues on mullet as there's lots of bait in the surf from Midway Beach south.
Shaun Jensen of Wish To Fish reported that last week, we had the pleasure to provide Kelly, whose daughter Mya Lin passed away after battling cancer for 5 years, a day out on the ocean with her son Michael, Mya's brother and their friends. com The Wish to Fish is on a mission,with our guests, to share the beauty of nature during a day of fishing on the open sea.
The drift over rough bottoms was no good for fluke, without even a short being hooked, though we ended up just one sea bass short of a boat limit during the current two per man regulation before Joseph returned a bit early in order to deal with filleting hundreds of fish. The 5th annual Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County Fluke Tournament is coming up on Saturday, August 13, with weigh-ins at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, and Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant.
There were also a few small blues and legal sea bass. Vinnie D'Anton released several small bass (mostly only about 18 inches) this morning after hooking a few larger schoolies on his Chug Bug the previous afternoon.
The offshore tournament season gets started this week as the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club runs their 47th White Marlin Invitational from July 27 to 30. Kyle Miller of Medford boated an 8 1 2-pound fluke, and young Todd Burger from Freehold bagged four fluke from 3 to 5 pounds The Cock Robin from Point Pleasant reported afternoon fun trips are producing some keeper fluke and a crazy sea robin bite.
Charlie Parker's Sienna Lee from Highlands took Saturday's Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament when Neil Pisane, also of Oceanport, boated a 10. For the longest three fluke total, Chris Baggot of Shark River Hills won with 60.
Though there were still hits on every drop, everyone aboard had full coolers before Joseph tried drifting for fluke and sea bass on rough bottoms. Surprisingly, there wasn't a single fluke (not even a short) -- but we fell just one sea bass short of a boat limit at the current two per man to conclude a great day of fishing.