Though Arthur was a dud, it did bring in the warm water I predicted. Capt. Jim McFarland said John Policari of Manalapan wanted haddock on Saturday, so he put Big Mac from Green Harbor, Ma, into them up to 10 pounds while adding 40 cod plus some cusk.
Capt. Dave Riback reported from the Queen Mary in Point Pleasant that blues up to 12 pounds hit both jigs and poppers. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant weighed a striper of 11 1 4 pounds caught on clams at Bay Head by Al Colfer of Point Pleasant -- who released another.
Bob Matthews, at Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina, has seen some large fluke coming in on the party boats there, while his rental boat customers are catching lots of shorts in Shark River when weed isn t a problem along with a good shot at keepers up to 5 pounds. SOUTH JERSEY Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association that there are some keepers among the short fluke in the inlet plus small blues in the same area.
The 33rd annual 2-Day Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament will be held at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on July 12 and 13 -- after the July 11, 7 p. m. captains meeting in the Senior Citizens Building. Though Capt. Chris De Stefano said they wasted a lot of time Saturday fighting a blue marlin for two hours on 80-pound tackle in Hudson Canyon when that species didn't count in the Manasquan River Marlin Runa Club's Jack Meyer Memorial Tuna Trolling Tournament, Frank Criscola's Crisdel is leading the contest with a 135-pound bigeye boated Monday when his son Michael took the boat further south.
Capt. Bobby Bogan said the south wind also hurt his fluking the last two days on his Gambler out of Point Pleasant. Capt. Butch Egerter is filling the three sea bass per man limit currently allowed along with ling and some flounders on his Dauntless from Point Pleasant.
Join NJOA on Wednesday, July 2 at 5 p. m., along with Clean Ocean Action, and NJOA council members New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, NJ Council of Divers, and other groups opposed to ocean blasting off the Jersey Shore. In conjunction with Clean Ocean Action, NJOA council members also directed its efforts to stop Rutgers University from participating in the study related to seismic blasting.
Capt. Joe Massa ran his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina to Coney Island on Sunday to catch four legal fluke, but couldn't find bunkers to give stripers a try back in the bay. The Jesse Palafox party had a pick that included 4-and-6-pound fluke from among dogfish plus a few shorts and sea robins.
Sorry for the delay in getting Sunday's blog in as I was watching my son Mike compete in Challenge Atlantic City -- a full Ironman race that took all day. Keyleigh McGrogan from Union Beach boated an 8 1 2-pound fluke on spearing and squid in Belford Channel.
Jeff Dement picked a perfect day for his annual American Littoral Society tagging trip on the Mi-Jo II from Atlantic Highlands, but didn't let the fish in on his plans.I was surprised to find that I ended up as high hook with five of my seven fluke being tagged.