The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a very good day of variety bottom fishing with a boat limit of sea bass (two per man) up to 4 pounds plus some ling to 3 pounds, and a few fluke. Matt Slobodjian reports from Jim's Tackle in Cape May as follows The fluke fishing remains about the same, a lot of small fish and a few nice ones.
28-pound doormat in the Hudson River to win at the Jersey City port in Liberty Landing Marina -- where the only other fluke close to doormat size finished second. Sandy Hook Name Hometown Entry Weight Length 1st Moskal, Robert Scotch Plains, NJ 136 5.
You won't see John De Bona's name in the results, as we experienced poor fishing at several spots from Ambrose to Jamaica Bay We fished with David Schnall of Montville on his 28-foot Regulator from Gateway Marina in Highlands, along with Rich Dunn of Brick and Austin Perelli from Brooklyn. Very few fluke were coming into the Gateway Marina weigh-in, but the one at Jersey City had a late spurt with good fluke catches coming in from nearby areas in Hudson River -- which also produced an early doormat.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said boaters did very well with fluke Thursday in Manasquan River. Tank Matraxia joined a friend from Lyndhurst on his trailered boat Thursday as they caught seven keeper fluke up to 22 inches between Shewsbury River and Ambrose Channel.
The 22nd Jersey Coast Anglers Association Fluke Tournament will be contested Saturday throughout the state on Saturday, and there's still to get in on the fun -- including a chance to win 50,000 for a fluke exceeding 12 pounds. Adam La Rosa reported a lack of tuna for his Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant, but a couple of blue marlin were caught.
Paul Haertel of the JCAA details Saturday's contest as follows 22nd Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament - 50K Prize - 8 6 16 50,000 Cash for the largest fluke over 12 lbs in our doormat fluke category Drawing for G-3 boat, Yamaha motor and trailer 1200 cash first place prize for the largest fluke in each of our nine ports regardless of the number of entrants. The surf is about the same with good numbers of kingfish being caught, a lot of fluke (mostly shorts) at The Point, and some spike weakfish.
Fishing was poor during the contest period as relatively small tuna caught the first day ended up winning a lot of money. Capt. Ron Santee reported good fluke action from his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands, but there weren't as many keepers and big fish as on Monday.
The unexpected gusty northeast wind put a big dent in morning fishing along the Shore, but Capt. Ron Santee said it worked out just fine in Raritan Bay as there were lots of keeper fluke on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. That was quite a contrast to the Shore, Vinnie D'Anton and I were casting from the shore into Shark River as we watched the Big Mohawk from Belmar head out with a big Monday crowd of fluke anglers -- only to watch that large party boat return a half-hour later.
Their Saturday afternoon fun trip produced good fluke action with lots of shorts plus some keepers up to 5 pounds and sea bass. The Jamaica from Brielle had good mackerel fishing Saturday along with a few blues, ling and sea bass -- and even several dolphin up to a 10-pounder.
Fluke fishing was very good today in the Raritan Bay area. At Seaside Park, Betty Nick's reports good fluking in the surf along with small blues on mullet as there's lots of bait in the surf from Midway Beach south. Night sharking is producing some browns and sand tigers.