Posted on September 6, 2020 River cownose rays a shocker An unsuccessful attempt to catch a school striper yesterday morning in Shark River ended up providing one of the most unusual catches of my life when the heavy fish that hit my Z Man 5-inch pearl blue glimmer DieZel MinnowZ jig turned out to be a cownose ray of at least 30 pounds. Then I switched to a small Pili Popper for small blues because I ve caught cownose on many different baits and lures from boats and the surf but have never heard of one hitting a popper.
Nick Honachefsky noted that he s been doing well with fluke in the surf, and also saw a Spanish mackerel and little tunny caught yesterday at Manasquan Inlet. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a good showing of larger fluke Friday as many from 3 to 5 1 2 pounds were boated and several limits recorded.
Vetere and Massa had a lively battle for most releases among the 17 caught within a few hours, but it ended in a tie as Massa headed back to beat the threat of thunder storms. On calm days he ll run well offshore for chunking, casting and trolling yellowfin tuna, while on slightly rougher days there s the short run to Barnegat Ridge for bonito and little tunny.
Good action with shorts and keepers, and there were plenty of nice seabass we had to throw back as the season was closed on the first. We had some nice nice keepers Fluke with a few guys getting the limit.
Posted on September 2, 2020 Offshore Open off to a good start The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club s Offshore Open doesn t have the huge pay-offs of the White Marlin Open and the MidAtlantic, but the competition is just as intense. I ve gone back to river casting which isn t much better as I managed only a 20-inch striper and a blue of about 5 pounds this morning on a Z Man pearl paddletail.
Posted on September 1, 2020 Doormat stripers bail out Ty Man trip Sorry for the late report, but uncooperative fish forced Chuck Many to pull out all his tricks today and once again prove that striper fishing can be good in the N. Y. Harbor area when the conditions are right. Then Many returned to a previously unproductive spot late in the day to put us into three stripers up to a 31-pounder on live bunkers when wind and current were in the same direction after only one bass had been released all day.