The Point Pleasant surf was colder this morning as I started surfcasting after several afternoons of hard south winds.At Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, Joe Melillo said quite a few shad were hooked the day before in Manasquan Inlet, though weed made it tough to cast there today.
Gene Graman of Middletown had the touch today as his crew on That's It from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands struggled with big smooth dogfish that have spread into Raritan Bay.-- and he hooked a bass of about 15 pounds at the same time.
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"I agree with the concerns that many have voiced with respect to notching the groins in this area and the impacts that it may have on recreational fishing," said Congressman Pallone.Ã‚Â "This new plan is a compromise with the Army Corps.Ã‚Â I want to thank all the fishermen and other residents who took the time to submit comments and voice their concerns throughout this process."Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The Deal Lake Flume was also discussed at today's meeting with Congressman Pallone.Ã‚Â The Army Corps agreed to install an electronic gate which would allow the outfall to be cleared efficiently if it were to become blocked by sand.Ã‚Â All parties agreed that there was no need to extend the Deal Lake Flume farther into the ocean.Ã‚Â Instead, there would be improved monitoring of the sand placement by the Corps during the project to avoid any excessive placement of sand in the area of the flume.
Anna Alexis looked good after the first day of the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association's Mako Mania with a 300. Capt. Dave Riback reported slow bluefishing this morning from his Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant, but the first bonito of the season was caught along with chub mackerel.
Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst joined an open trip Capt. Kevin Cole was running Friday afternoon on the Down Deep Bullet, and got off to a great start as he cast off the bow of the boat at Brown's in Keyport to catch a 21-inch fluke. Capt. John Kolias, of Reel Fun at Twin Lights Marinain Highlands, congrarultes his relief skipper, Capt. Marc Devino, after he teleased a 73-pound black drum that hit a live bunker he was fishing from his own boat Wednesday evening while seeking stripers.
There were mixed results on the striper front today, but it certainly wasn't a good one for Chuck Many of Annandale on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as Matt Calabria of Hazlet, Nellie Greer from Bethlehem, Pa. and I joined in releasing only three stripers. Many stayed for the hoped-for evening striper blast off Sandy Hook, but I never saw a blow-up of bunkers, and only one bass was hooked before he decided to return prior to dark.
Thunder during the early morning hours seemed to keep most anglers at home today, but the Jamaica from Brielle got up north only to find very slow bluefish jigging in the morning. Mickey Sweeney of Howell said he twice set up earlier to chunk in Bay Head, but each time had thunder move too close and chase him off.
Both Grumpy's and Betty Nick's reported pods of bunker close to the beach on Tuesday from Lavalette to South Seaside Park. Also at Belmar Marina, Bob Matthews says his rental boats have had plenty of fluke action in Shark River -- including some limits.
Capt. Stan Zagleski said a lack of current hurt the drift in Raritan Bay today, but he ended up putting a catch of fluke together on Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands. The Bob Finan party from Fair Haven fished with Capt. Hans Kaspersetz and I on Sheri Berri from Baker's Marina on the Bay in Highlands as hits were hard to come by in the weak current even when we found marks.