Posted on September 6, 2020 River cownose rays a shocker An unsuccessful attempt to catch a school striper yesterday morning in Shark River ended up providing one of the most unusual catches of my life when the heavy fish that hit my Z Man 5-inch pearl blue glimmer DieZel MinnowZ jig turned out to be a cownose ray of at least 30 pounds. Then I switched to a small Pili Popper for small blues because I ve caught cownose on many different baits and lures from boats and the surf but have never heard of one hitting a popper.
Nick Honachefsky noted that he s been doing well with fluke in the surf, and also saw a Spanish mackerel and little tunny caught yesterday at Manasquan Inlet. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a good showing of larger fluke Friday as many from 3 to 5 1 2 pounds were boated and several limits recorded.
Vetere and Massa had a lively battle for most releases among the 17 caught within a few hours, but it ended in a tie as Massa headed back to beat the threat of thunder storms. On calm days he ll run well offshore for chunking, casting and trolling yellowfin tuna, while on slightly rougher days there s the short run to Barnegat Ridge for bonito and little tunny.
Posted on September 2, 2020 Offshore Open off to a good start The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club s Offshore Open doesn t have the huge pay-offs of the White Marlin Open and the MidAtlantic, but the competition is just as intense. I ve gone back to river casting which isn t much better as I managed only a 20-inch striper and a blue of about 5 pounds this morning on a Z Man pearl paddletail.
Posted on September 1, 2020 Doormat stripers bail out Ty Man trip Sorry for the late report, but uncooperative fish forced Chuck Many to pull out all his tricks today and once again prove that striper fishing can be good in the N. Y. Harbor area when the conditions are right. Then Many returned to a previously unproductive spot late in the day to put us into three stripers up to a 31-pounder on live bunkers when wind and current were in the same direction after only one bass had been released all day.
Posted on August 30, 2020 Fluking isn t easy these days, but it can still be good While I was growing up on Long Island in the 1950s, even beginners could catch a fluke dinner most days by just drifting a killie in protected bays and rivers. There were lots of meaty 15-and-16-inchers in our catch, but the biggest fluke was just 18 inches not even a N. Y. keeper today.
Posted on August 29, 2020 Albacore are an offshore species Every year at this time I have to do a blog trying to straighten out the confusion created by skippers advertising inshore trips for albacore . The common name for the little tunny of false albacore probably came from anglers who had never seen an albacore which was not thought to be available to us before canyon fishing started.
As you ll see, it was almost circular and the oddest shaped that fluke pro has ever seen Fluking conditions were better today. Also at that port, Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a similar report on his Sea Hunter.
The Golden Eagle was back to inshore variety today, and reported good action with bluefish up to 6 pounds plus some sea bass and fluke. The Jamaica from Brielle did well with blues today along with lots of chub mackerel plus a few bonito, little tunny, sea bass and fluke.