1SL7-14-16 Fluke Tournaments start this weekend The fluke tournament season gets underway this weekend as the 35th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Two-Day contest runs out of Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Saturday and Sunday, after the Friday evening captains meeting at 7 p. m. in the Senior Citizens Building. The Thursday night wreck trip from 7 30 p. m. to 12 30 a. m. produced ling plus some sea bass and bluefish last week, when squid were attracted to the boat and Mike Malpass jigged 20 for dinner.
Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands said it took a long time for the current to get started today, and noted that bait in the channel is moving out -- Time to start looking for new areas. Capt. Stan Zagleski did fish areas away from the Reach today, and did well with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands.
Capt. Vinny Vetere, of Katfish Charters from Great Kills, said the weather was beautiful, but striper fishing was picky. Vinnie D'Anton had no luck in the river, but moved to the Belmar surf to release a couple of small bass on his Chug Bug.
Catching even a single doormat fluke in a lifetime is an accomplishment for most fluke anglers, but Danielle O'Brien of South Bound Brook is well on her way to becoming among the best female flukers in history as she boated her second of the season today on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. Other large river fluke were a 4 3 16-pounder by Charles Wardell, and a 4 5 16-pounder for Charlie Lemaire.
After two days of just a medium swell, the surf was somewhat rough for casting a light jig and Gulp to fluke, and I later found from an angler who made a few casts that it was also full of weed. Capt. Ron Santee found a big swell outside the bay, where he had done well with fluke the day before on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.
The Jamaica from Brielle is touting the afternoon fishing fun and fireworks trips that are producing fluke, sea bass and chub mackerel before viewing the fireworks at Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant Beach. I used Gulp for fluke in the Bay Head surf this morning, but most of the hits came from eight small sun dials.
That veteran professional diver and skipper of diving charter boats details the stories behind most of the shipwrecks anglers either have fished or heard about over the years, including the often tragic loss of life that finally resulted in establishment of lifesaving stations along the Shore that was described in 1854 as treacherous, with constantly changing sandbars, uninhabited shores and little in the way of organized lifesaving as the New Era with immigrants from Germany was broken up in a storm off Deal with the loss of 295 persons -- though 135 survived. Capt. Ron Santee reported anglers on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had up to four fluke on Thursday, with a pool winner of 7 pounds.
Little Big-Eyes Capt. Phil Dulanie backed up a nice big-eye this past week with a quick day trip to the Toms Canyon on Sunday to fish the Jack Meyer Tournament with the Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club with Adam LaRosa and friends and found the canyons looking promising. BIGGEST NEWS IS A LAST MINUTE OPEN SPOT ON THE 48 VIKING THIS SATURDAY TO SUNDAY - 899 - JULY 9-10 So email or call me ASAP if you want to get in on this fishing - haven't seen it this good in a long time up and down the edge.
Capt. Ron Santee swept the docks at Atlantic Highlands to get barely enough to sail for fluke with his Fishermen. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported good bait fishing over the weekend for chub mackerel, sea bass and sharks.