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.
Also - Real Time Report - Tuesday 7pm 70 Yellowfin Just in Half a Day Today Last Minute Trip Open Within Next Week Last Minute Trip Available within Next Week CLICK HERE TO VISIT NEW CANYON RUNNER TACKLE SALES WEBSITE But First ------- REAL TIME REPORT - TUESDAY 7PM - 70 yellowfin already to boats in just half a trip - hunting big-eyes as we speak. Fishing Tuesday-Wednesday with Capt. Deane Lambros at the helm of the 48 Viking with an open boat trip and Capt. Phil Dulanie at the helm of the 60' Ritchie with the Chris Durnam charter they saw excellent yellowfin action down in the Lindy with each boat catching right around 10 30-40 pound yellowfin.
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.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc changed his Sea Hunter from that port to fluking after running a Friday livelining trip that produced five stripers up to 32 pounds. Capt. Dave De Gennaro didn't have any luck trolling up to Seaside on Friday afternoon with his Hi Flier from Barnegat, but backtracked to Oyster Creek Channel where his party went two for four on hits from 14-pound stripers that hit clams.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported catching some small blues outside the inlet this morning before moving to a school of bunkers that had stripers up to 40 pounds under it. That was in contrast to Thursday when only a few small blues were picked before a last effort at stripers produced a school of bass under bunkers that resulted in a catch of linesiders to 40 pounds on bunkers, Crocs, and the new Run-Off Casting Mo-Jo.
The 31st annual Mako Mania Tournament, sponsored by the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association, returns to Point Pleasant this weekend with good prospects after several very large makos were boated last weekend. Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May reports Fully Loaded won last weekend's shark tournament there with a 194-pound mako, while second went to Let's Go with a 178-pound mako.