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.
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.