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.
Walter Fisher reports that The Staten Island Tuna Club, a recognized 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, is hosting a charity fishing tournament called the Armed Forces Invitational, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting catastrophically injured services members. Allen Riley of South Plainfield didn't have much hope when he fished the Sea Bright surf Tuesday morning, but his bunker baits were attacked by skates and sea robins.
Capt. Ron Santee got off to a good start on his first fluke trip of the season with the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands on Monday as Nate Chudy of Flemington took the seasonal pool lead right away with a 6 1 2-pound fluke, while Elisa Arnoldy of Hopatcong had the first limit out of seven legal fluke. Capt. Hans Kaspersetz took his former Presidential Billfish Tournament partner Ed Arnold of Dallas out for stripers Monday afternoon on Sheri Berri from Baker's Marina on the Bay in Highlands.
Johnny Bucktails won Saturday's Hi-Mar Striper Club Spring Striped Bass Tournament with a two-fish total of 75. 6 pounds, but may have gotten lucky because original club member Gene Graman of Middletown didn't enter the contest with his That's It II from Sandy Hook Bay Marina in Highlands - but fished on Saturday in Ambrose Channel where Jerry Mc Menamy of Holmdel chunked a trophy bass that weighed 53 pounds, 7 ounces on the contest scale.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc had good bluefish jigging early and late on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands The hot Friday ocean striper bite wasn't repeated Saturday, though the fortunate few did catch big bass. Capt. Bud Mc Arthur also had no luck with stripers from his Splinter out of Brick, and sea bass fishing wasn't much better while fluke weren't encountered.
With migrating stripers feeding on bunkers in the ocean, there should be good action for anglers fishing in Saturday's Hi-Mar Striper Club Spring Striped Bass Tournament with weigh-ins at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina. Capt. Bob Egger put Mark Faller of Toms River into a bass limit in 1 1 2 hours this morning on Spunky II out of Manasquan Inlet with bunkers, releasing all but one before blues moved in.
Below is One of Many Triple Headers This Past Week Capt. Deane Lambros with second Capt. Kevin Muller working the pit found great action on the troll right at home base - the Hudson Canyon - during 3 overnighters with the Barry Simpson charter, the Anthony Bencivenga (and 8 year daughter Lily) charter from Marlboro, NJ and the Alan Freedman charter - Capt. Craig Angelini worked the Freedman charter. Capt. Deane Lambros with second Capt. Kevin Muller working the pit found great action on the troll right at home base - the Hudson Canyon - during 3 overnighters with the Barry Simpson charter, the Anthony Bencivenga (and 8 year daughter Lily) charter from Marlboro, NJ and the Alan Freedman charter - Capt. Craig Angelini worked the Freedman charter.
Chuck Many of Annandale got out Tuesday afternoon to check his spots in Raritan Bay, and found them to be well-populated with stripers that didn't have to fight off bluefish to get to a live bunker. That bite wasn't good enough to hold us there, and Many set up in the mouth of Hudson River where we got lots of hits in a roaring current -- but had to fish through smooth dogfish and some blues in order to pick a few bass.
Though there wasn't any wild surface action today in Raritan Bay, bluefishing was still pretty good. Prowler 5 had mostly shorts both in the bay and ocean, with a high hook of three fluke, but the Monday magic hours trip produced the boat's largest so far -- an 8 1.