However, they didn't bite and a switch to bottom fishing produced some fluke up to 7 pounds plus sea bass. Capt. John Kolias wasn't in the SWABC top three, but had a great trip for Barry Paull of that club as the charter on Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands caught 33 fluke which included 16 keepers from 4 to 6 pounds.
Capt. Stan Zagleski reported much better fluking than on Friday, and with some limits on his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands as conditions were good all day for fishing with no more than an 8-ounce sinker. Friday's trip also ended up with mackerel along with some sea bass, a keeper tog, and some pollock that came up in the slick -- including a 6-pounder for Steve Kirckhahn of Browns Mills.
With only 28 boats able to fish on the last day of the White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md., there were only two changes to the concluding leaderboard. As there were no second or third place white marlin, the winning 76.
Though 242 boats fished Thursday in the White Marlin Open, I could only find one change in the Leaderboard -- and a minor one at that. Every boat with one of their three days left will be trying to take over one of the big money spots available on the last two days -- especially the open second and third in both white and blue marlin.
5-pound bigeye boated on Rich Kosztu's Hubris took over first in tuna from Magic Moment and a potential 400,000. There was also a change in dolphin as Sea Wolf brought in a 36-pounder to pull ahead of the 34.
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.