The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a good Monday Magic Hours trip with many fish up to 45 pounds. Up in the Delaware Bay we are hearing of a few keeper fluke around Miah Maul Light in the channel, but most of the fish are shorts.
Capt. Bud McArthur, of Splinter from Brick,checked out some local spots near Manasquan Inlet for fluke, but never found any -- possibly due to a water temperature down to 56 degrees at Sea Girt Reef, likely the result of the south winds. Water temperature was no problem at Monster Ledge, where it was 66 degrees and the south wind provided a good drift for Mark Roy on his Release Me along with his girl friend Yaping Jiang plus Jeff Sobin, both of Warren, and your reporter.
Sixty boats sailed offshore into a slightly bumpy swell, but no wind this morning as the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association's Mako Mania got underway. McArthur saw a couple of other stripers caught in that area, but the south wind seemed to shut off the bite -- and also made it almost impossible to hold bottom for fluke.
Bob Correll of Bay Head had been frustrated by two previous evenings without a hit despite being able to snag plenty of bunkers for bait, but that changed Thursday evening when Capt. Joe Massa of My III Sons at Morgan Marina and I joined him aboard his Boston Whaler out of Manasquan Inlet. Capt. Ron Santee Sr. was aboard today to limit up to a 9 1 16-pounder that wasn't even the largest of the day as Jim Gebhardt boated a 9 3 8-pounder.
After postponing Mako Mania last weekend due to the weather forecast, the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association is faced with another tough call based on an ever-changing marine offshore forecast. The captains meeting was held last Friday, but Mako Mania will once again have a table at the Manasquan River Club for additional sign-ups Friday from 5 to 7 p. m. -- though without last week's beer and food.
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Nick Honachefsky said surf fluking in the Lavallette area has picked up as he's catching fluke to 20 inches on Gulp with a bucktail jig. I fished Point Pleasant Canal in the morning, and managed a 17-inch fluke on a Gulp Shrimp, though only a few other fluke and small blues were caught while I was there.
The Jamaica from Brielle got out Sunday evening, and found some stripers that were livelined or jigged on the Run-Off Casting Mo-Jo. I made a few casts into the cool northwester this morning, and came up with a 19-inch striper on a Tsunami Shad while also losing a small blue at the surface.
Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst fished aboard the Capt. John in better conditions on Friday before the wind came up against the tide as he boated his first barely legal fluke along with three shorts and a couple of small dogfish. Capt. John Kolias reported good fluking on Saturday when he avoided the 200-boat fleet on the bay fluke to fish his own spots with Melissa Cook and her all-female charter on Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands.