Chuck Many of Annandale spent Tuesday looking for striped bass on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands, and never found one of any size -- but made up for that with a hot bite of weakfish in the Hudson River. There was a north wind blowing when we headed out about 8 30 a. m., but it was moderate enough for decent drifting conditions in the Hudson River after our small peanuts bunkers and sandworms were getting eaten up by porgies and tiny sea bass at Many's favorite rough bottom spots in Raritan Bay.
The canyon tuna fishing that was hot just before the tropical storm has not come back so far, but dolphin have provided action and plenty of good eating for offshore anglers in the meantime -- and white marlin have continued to be unusually abundant. The Jamaica from Brielle submitted the following weekend report The Friday night canyon trip was slow overnight.
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Other limits this week were posted by Ed Nolan of Manasquan and Pete Televi from Trenton with fluke up to 6 pounds -- and Young Park of Howell up to 5 pounds. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported those jigging had a big advantage today in a slow drift as some 3-to-9-pound fluke were boated.
The skipper pulled out all the stops, running far east in a rough sea to the Atlantic Beach Reef, then to the Rockaway Reef, the Whistle Buoy, and the Fisherman Buoy before finishing off Keyport without a single keeper fluke. The Jamaica from Brielle had 300 dolphin up to 16 pounds on Tuesday's canyon trip, but only two tuna.
Big weakfish had been as scarce as jumbo blues, but Chuck Many of Annandale got a pleasant surprise Tuesday afternoon in a strong south wind on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands when we had to fish in rough Hudson River waters because we were turned back by a N. Y. Police boat from the shelter of the East River due to a presidential visit. We had caught a few large weakfish in the river around this time during the last couple of summers, but never so many or so mixed in sizes as a few were only 19 inches.
There were some big dogfish off Sandy Hook, along with sea robins and skates-- and they cast to a few small blues off Leonardo. There was good news in the Sea Bright surf, where anglers finally got good shots at little tunny.
Today's hard south wind made for tough conditions when I sailed at 2 p. m. with Chuck Many of Annandale on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands. There was lots of bait in the surf when I cast at Bay Head this morning, but there didn't seem to be anything on them, Just before leaving I landed a 16 1 4-inch striper that hit Run-Off's new rainfish metal.
Nick Honachefsky has had shots at them in his local surf at various times of day around Normandy Beach, but they are chasing very small bait and wouldn't hit his Deadly Dick or a Williamson jig. Allen Riley of South Plainfield checked the surf from Sandy Hook to Monmouth Beach at mid-morning and didn't see any signs of little tunny.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported better fishing than on Saturday, with lots of blues up to 18 pounds on bait plus a high hook on tunny of 15 plus a few bonito. Both Bruce Casagrande of Trenton and Frank Pogue had fluke limits up to 5 pounds last week.