It s not often that recreational fishermen get any good news from the National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS , but that agency did have some as regulations for bluefin tuna were set this week.Tournament season is springing into high gear.
Following is Friday's column as submitted SL5 9 14Ristori for FridaySCHOOL TUNA ANGLERS GET A BREAK FROM NMFSby Al RistoriIt's not often that recreational fishermen get any good news from the National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS , but that agency did have some as regulations for bluefin tuna were set this week.As of yesterday, boaters registered in the Angling category can now take advantage of the over and under bag limits previously only granted to the Charter Headboat category.The Spring Hi Mar Striper Club Striped Bass Tournament will be contested from 5 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday out of Bahrs in Highlands.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc said clamming from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands was back in shape after several poor days when wind was a problem.He used both the large white and chartreuse Tony Maja bunker spoons, and couldn't tell which color was better.
Even with the wind and current together, the drift was too fast in the bay as the tide started ebbing, so Many anchored on some marks and chunked. The Golden Eagle from Belmar Marina had good readings in the ocean again, and did manage a few bass despite wind against current conditions.
Capt. John Kolias had no action early on the Knoll, but moved slightly to the west to catch seven bass between clamming and trolling Stretch plugs for John Toth and the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County party on his Reel Fun from Twin Lights. Steve Remotti and his father plus friends sailed their boat out of Morgan Marina to troll a14 pound bass on a Stretch 25 near Round Shoal while also releasing a fat 28 1 2 inch female to spawn.
Capt. Sal Cursi anchored in the same general area with Jim Curcio s Shananagans from Morgan Marina, and had a hot bite with several bass over 25 pounds and up to a 36 pounder. Carlos Rebelo of Keyport boated an 18 pound bass that had a partially digested bunker in it which is news because the bass I ve seen cleaned have had no bait in them.
Betty Nick's Tackle in Seaside Park described the surf as brown this morning, but the water temperature was an ideal 50 degrees and it should be fishable after a couple of tide changes and with the switch to westerly winds.Call 732 279 0562 to register.Manahawkin Elks ClubMay 5 6 from 7 10 30PMMt Holly Elks ClubMay 5 6 from 7 10 30PMBayside Recreation Center Ocean CityMay 5 6 from 6 9 30PMLake Hopatcong Elks ClubMay 7 8 from 7 10 30PMFlemington Elks ClubMay 7 8 from 7 10 30PMTom River Fire Dept 2 Water StreetMay 7 8 from 7 10 30PM
Days of strong east winds plus the current heavy rain have just about put an end to mid week fishing, and the lingering effects may be another problem.Capt. Jim McFarland has been blown out of his cod trips with Big Mac from Green Harbor, Ma., but made an exploratory run to Plymouth Harbor on Monday for winter flounder.