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.
Posted on August 25, 2020 Yellowfin bite is hard to believe It s been many years since NY NJ Bight anglers have seen yellowfin tuna fishing short of the canyons such as they re experiencing right now. The only negative is that it s still much further offshore than during the days when we were chunking them at such relatively nearby spots as Yellowfin Lump, but these fish seem to be more abundant and easier to hook.