The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good day with 10-to-15-pound blues plus some bonito and little tunny. Yesterday was similar in a rougher sea, but those targeting little tunny caught up to a dozen that trip.
Dolphin are being trolled at the Mud Hole pots, and there's often a mix of bonito, little tunny, Spanish mackerel and small dolphin for trolling at inshore lumps The reefs are usually a good bet for fluke, but a customer at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant said the Axel Carlsen was almost devoid of life as he and his wife only caught three fluke without even all the usual nibbling of small sea bass. SOUTH JERSEY Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association that local inshore reefs and wrecks are producing decent numbers of fluke and sea bass even though shorts dominate.
Though he hadn't been active in offshore sportfishing during recent years, Dinardi and his brother, Drew of Lavallette, formed a very successful team with their Absolut-ly out of Brielle Yacht Club a couple of decades ago, winning the tuna division of the first Mid-Atlantic 500,000 Tournament out of Cape May with a blast of bigeye runa. Dinardi is survived by his wife Nancy, children Michael (with wife Jennifer) of Hillsborough) and Elizabeth Disano (with husband Anthony) of North Brunswick, plus brother Drew -- and grandchildren Michael, Anthony and Danny.
It was a good day in, and near, Raritan Bay for those seeking both fluke and striped bass. I joined Chuck Many of Annandale, along with surf pro Chris Buchta of Toms River, on Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said there's still weed in the lrough surf, but blackfishing on crabs has been good in the northern end of Point Pleasant Canal -- and triggerfish were also reported there on Sunday. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, says rough seas resulted in many anglers staying in Shark River, where fluking was good up to a 6 7 8-pounder on a live snapper.
8-pound fluke that Dave Lilly of Hazlet had weighed at Bahrs in Highlands on Thursday to take first in the Forked River Tuna Club Tournament which ended yesterday. Though there was none of the predicted northeast winds gusting to 20 mph (there was hardly enough wind to move the flags), the surf at Bay Head was very rough -- and I could see the lines of dried seaweed on the beach that saved me the trouble of trying to cast over the breakers.
Several boats weighed in white marlin up to 72 pounds, but weren't close to the two 80-pounders taken yesterday on Billfisher for second and third. Betty Nick's in Seaside Park heard from a customer who said there was some grass in the Island Beach State Park surf, but caught several small blues and a short striper on bait at the north end.
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Normally that would lead to lots of hits from those fish, but it went dead. After walking to the south with no results, I returned to release one more shad and missed two hits on another cast before leaving.