It was a very tough day tuna fishing today and believe me we were lucky to put 5 in the boat and release another undersized 6-7 ones. The same locations we fished on our last few trips up to the Spencer that produced double digit keeper Yellowfins up to 60 plus lbs just did not hold much bait or tuna for us and many of the boat we talked to.
Made both morning and afternoon trips today. We fished in Sandy Hook Bay and found the action to be a bit better. It was not good but better. We caught more shorts and ended up with a few more keepers (fluke) on both trips.
Both weekend mornings were good for blues, bonito and even the first small little tunny reported. The cold ocean waters have had a negative effect on fluke fishing, but the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported they were limited by 11 a. m. Saturday with the two sea bass per man now permitted.
This morning, we continued to fish well north of shark river inlet. We picked some 2-4 lb bluefish tight on the beach and had a shot of some 5-10 pounders later on in the day. It was a slow day but each day it is still continuing to improve.
It was really nice out there today, much better than yesterday....so calm we did not even drift much..hurt our fluke fishing for sure....pretty slow there....luckily there were some nice sea bass to catch in between. guys who were jigging for the fluke got into some really nice sea bass.
Anglers aren't missing much as John Bushell of Betty Nick's Tackle in Seaside Park had called the fishing horrible -- probably due to the cold waters resulting from a week of south winds. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar experienced poor fluke fishing today due to the cold waters, though a 7-pound fluke was boated.