Mickey Sweeney of Howell stopped at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant where he reported the surf at Avon had been calm and clean when he caught short fluke and a sea robin Tuesday on Gulp, but wasn't very fishable today. His son Kevin, from N. C. also caught seven short fluke on a white Gulp 4-inch Swimming Mullet while daughters Kaitlyn (10) and Gillian (8) kept the snappers busy along with Sorrenta Riley (8) from Pa.
Tank Matraxia and Marty Gras from Lyndhurst got into bigger fluke offshore of Sandy Hook with Capt. Kevin Cole from Brown's in Keyport. Matraxia had four keepers up to 5 1 2 pounds, but lost the fish of the day when a fluke of about 8 pounds did a back flip when netted by Cole -- jumping out of the net and spitting the jig.
org JCAA 20th ANNUAL FLUKE TOURNAMENT PORT PRIZE WINNERS Come to the Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014. 10 PORT PRIZES JCAA 20TH ANNUAL FLUKE TOURNAMENT 1st PLACE 1200 2nd PLACE TICA ROD STRIPER SERIES WISA 63HI HS-15 CANYON REEL 3rd PLACE TSUNAMI AIRWAVE ROD CANYON DJR3500 REEL 4th PLACE TSUNAMI CONVENTIONAL ROD MH661 TSUNAMI STAR DRAG REEL TSSD 2000L TSUNAMI SAPPHIRE 701 MH ROD TSUNAMI BAIT SYSTEM REEL 5th PLACE COSTA SUNGLASSES AND COSTA BACKPACK 6th PLACE INTERLUX PAINT MICRON CF 7th PLACE TOW BOAT U. S. GIFT CERT.
Participation was down due to the weather, and some entrants may not have fished since they thought the contest would be postponed -- though wind wasn't a problem and there were no small craft warnings inshore. 98 pounds, but had the big fish with an 11.
Following is Friday's column as submitted SL8-1-14-COLUMNRISTORI FOR FRIDAYVIKING 62 WINS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT WHITE MARLIN INVITATIONALBy Al RistoriIt takes both a white marlin and a tuna to become Grand Champion at the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club's White Marlin Invitational, and there have been some recent years when no boat achieved that feat due to a lack of qualifying whites. There was no competition in dolphin after Capt. Mike Young of the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Tournament and angler Chris Apgar weighed a 30-pounder from Jessste to win 680.
Everyone has a chance to win something at Saturday's JCAA Fluke Tournament, If you don't catch a big enough fluke that day, there's still another opportunity to win a valuable prize in the drawings at the Awards Party. Below are some highlights about the tournament Grand Prize Drawing for a 14' Starcraft boat, 20 h. p. Yamaha enging and Sea Lion Trailer.
Snapper blues have invaded the surf, which is good news for those planning to use them as bait for large fluke -- or bad news for those trying to fish soft baits. The 4-to-6-inch snappers can be fished alive, but John Mazzeo of South Plainfield used a snapper fillet to hook a 20-inch fluke.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro reports bonito are in seasonal form at Barnegat Ridge for trollers, with the only problem being all the small bluefish also feeding there on large quantities of small sand eels. Fluking has been a mixed bag, but Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst was happy with what he experienced today at Sandy Hook Reef with Capt. Kevin Cole from Brown's in Keyport.
Capt. Ryan Bogan said there were many fluke limits for jiggers during today's weekly all-day trip of the Jamaica II from Brielle in perfect conditions-- and a new monthly pool winner was boated. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, reports lots of short fluke for his rental boats in Shark River.