Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, reported stripers in the local surf during the beginning of the northeast. Prospects in the surf for tomorrow may not be as good as the ocean has become quite rough and stronger winds are predicted.
The red hot surf fluke bite continued today in Seaside Park and Island Beach State Park as both Grumpy's and Betty Nick's reported lots of keepers being hooked on bucktails tipped with 4-inch Gulp plus a teaser above the jig with another Gulp. Joe Daley e-mailed me about a similar hot fluke bite in the Sea Bright surf, but those flatties were in the 10-to-14-inch class.
Anglers fishing the surf at Island Beach State Park are enjoying the special zone created by the state that allows them to keep two fluke at a minimum of 16 inches. In Seaside Park, Betty Nick's Tackle had a video of Jon Velez with fluke of 4 1 4 and 5 pounds -- and he said he caught them among 30 fluke in the surf.
Capt. Stan Zagleski said he had good fluke drifting conditions most of the day as some fares had multiple keepers on Elaine B II from Highlands. Betty Nick's in Seaside Park reported lots of fluke being caught in the surf.
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) has scheduled three hearings to gather public comment on Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Draft Addendum proposes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013 benchmark stock assessment, and associated management measures to reduce F to a level at or below the proposed target within one or three years.
Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst said there was plenty of action as he fished today in Swash and Sandy Hook channels with Capt. Kevin Cole out of Brown's in Keyport. The surf was down, and conditions were better this morning at Sea Girt, but I couldn't raise a thing on a popper after having released a short striper yesterday morning.
75 with the tuna plus second in white marlin releases with one as that category was decided on time released since no boat had more than a single release. Envelopeus was placed first on time with their single white marlin release, as was My Lynn in blue marlin releases with the earlier release ahead of Hayley Nicole.
Joe Melillo, at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant, said a couple of anglers working the local beaches with metal caught cocktail blues, hickory shad and a fluke. Frank Stone caught eight fluke up to 2 1 2 pounds on Gulp today, and Joe Benheim of North Plainfield landed a 5 1 4-pounder at 9th Ave. in Seaside Park on Gulp.