Cool ocean waters seem to be holding back the bluefish run, but the Jamaica II from Brielle has been finding surprisingly good codfishing early in the day during this week's wreck trips. Capt. Ryan Bogan reported that the Diaz brothers bagged three cod in the 15-to-18-pound class plus a 29.7-pounder. Bob Bohrek had 8-and-12-pounders, and Chris Molinaro of North Haledon totaled 41 pounds for his five cod. Ray Bryant from South Orange caught three cod to 14 pounds, and Brian Borgunn of Manahawkin hooked three cod to 12 pounds and an 8-pound pollock.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said Saturday's decent flurry of striper action on bait from his Sea Hunter wasn't repeated though they did catch some keepers and shorts. He'll be sailing Monday, but Tuesday looks bad.
Capt. Ron Santee reported Saturday's striper bite was the best of a slow start on his Fishermen. The Prowler 5 had 16 anglers with five keeper bass plus shorts by 9 a.m Sunday while clamming in the bay.
Scott Leadbeater of Haddon Heights and his brother trolled Saturday morning off Great Kills with their Aquasport for bass of 26 and 30 inches before losing a bigger one when they moved back to Keansburg.
Capt. John Kolias put the Dawyn Sandi party into two 30-ound stripers and another in the 12-to-14-pound class while releasing nine other bass from Reel Fun out of Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, They were trolling Mo-Jos.
The ocean striper fishery is still a struggle. Miss Belmar Princess saw whales and dolphins on Saturday, and recorded lots of bait that had very few bass marks around them. The Golden Eagle from Belmar was able to report a keeper striper Sunday, but that was it. They won't be sailing Monday and Tuesday due to the forecast of increasing northeast winds.
Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Choice reported a continuation of surface action on Tactical Anglers poppers with bluefish on his open afternoon charters in Maasquan River.
At Seaside Park, Betty & Nick's reported good conditions with a light north wind. Blues in the 4-to-6-pound class were being hooked on paddletails and metal lip swimmers at the southern end of Island Beach State Park.