The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a high hook on Monday of 12 blues up to 15 pounds. The surf was perfect for casting, and mild temperatures prevailed but Leif Pettersen didn't have a hit while fly fishing at Deal.
Allen caught a small blue before dawn on a Mann's Super Stretch 1-Minus, and added a few more plus a 29-inch striper later on a Tsunami Slimwave metal. I tried the Sea Girt surf in good conditions, but nothing went on there.
Capt. Howard Bogan reported it was very slow Friday night on his Jamaica from Brielle, with only a swordfish lost, until tuna turned on at 4 a. m. Bogan cancelled the Saturday night trip due to the strong NW wind, but has room on upcoming trips.
The sea bass season reopened today with a 15-bass bag limit, but there were no reports. Big bluefish were still hitting Friday night for the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but there were no reports from the Shore bluefish fleet today.
There was no agreement among the ASMFC Striped Bass Advisers from all along the coast during Wednesday's meeting in Baltimore. Since there are more recreational advisers than commercials, we never take a vote -- but rather have the chairman present the consensus from both groups to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board which will be meeting at the end of this month in Mystic, Ct.
Many had released a striper of about 20 pounds that was his first migratory bass of the season (with the distinctive purplish sheen) off the Rockaways before a thresher hit his live bunker and immediately cut off on the 30-pound mono outfit as it surfaced. Many's quest for bass in the Hudson River wasn't rewarded, but he finished up in the East River with short bass on peanuts and spot that brought our final release count to 23 stripers, four small blues -- and a thresher.
It looks as if I didn't miss anything up here today, and small craft warnings are still up for gusty south winds. We're looking forward to the northwest winds predicted for Sunday that will knock down the seas.
The surf was pretty ugly today, but Joe Melillo of Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant said there are small stripers in Manasquan River and blackfish in the canal. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, had heard of the big stripers caught Friday by Bob Lake on a bunker school off Manasquan Inlet, but noted that bass were both small and few in the surf.
Nellie Greer of Bethlehem, Pa. and I watched Many release a striper in thr 20-pound class on a live bunker around bunker schools off the Rockaways -- and also lose a thresher on its first jump. After Many moved back to the Ambrose area, I used peanut bunkers to release bass of 28 and 29 1 2 inches.