Posted on May 12, 2021 Northern Trophy Bluefin season closed NOAA Fisheries Closes the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Northern Area Trophy FisheryFishermen aboard Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and Atlantic HMS Charter Headboat permitted vessels (when fishing recreationally) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (i. e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) in the northern area after 11 30 p. m., May 11, 2021. 8-mt Angling category northern area trophy bluefin tuna (measuring 73 inches or greater) subquota has been reached and exceeded.
However there was an unusual report of a weakfish in the surf this morning. Capt. Vinny Vetere reports many big stripers were trolled over the weekend from his Katfish out of Great Kills on TGT bunker spoons.
When my son-in-law Luis Gonzalez and I joined Bob Correll of Bay Head on his Sea Vee 32 from his new home in Hutchinson Island this morning our goal was a large snapper or grouper from some hard bottom nine miles off St Lucie Inlet. However, as Bob was bringing in a chopped off amberjack head he spotted a fish chasing the bait on Luis line and that hook-up resulted in a small sailfish tearing up the surface to break our losing streak with a release.
Posted on May 6, 2021 Better striper bite for Sea Hunter Though it s still not what it should be, Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported a better striper bite in Raritan Bay today on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. There was a good start and finish that produced mostly 24 to 26 inch stripers plus one keeper.
Posted on May 5, 2021 Tips for fussy spring blues Quite in contrast to the usually aggressive spring bluefish arriving inshore this month, choppers in the ocean can be very frustrating especially for party boat anglers who can t get hits on the metal jigs they normally use. Ironically, another good way I found for getting a few early season shark baits in the boat was to very slowly troll the areas blues were showing with small metal jigs that will ride just under the surface.
Posted on May 4, 2021 Blues fussy, but Raritan Bay school stripers hit bait There was both good and bad news from party boats today as ocean blues were spotted but didn t want to bite, while the Raritan Bay stripers that haven t been cooperating for party boats finally showed some interest in bait. Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen said there were both shorts and keepers on bait after shads didn t attract any interest.
Posted on May 3, 2021 Party boat bluefishing underway Some Jersey Shore party boats haven t even started sailing yet, and the ocean striper run is way overdue but bluefishing is off to a good start. Anthony Rocco posted this photo on Facebook of both shore anglers and boaters enjoying the bluefish run in Manasquan Inlet There were no party boat striper reports from Raritan Bay which is a bad sign.
Vetere can be contacted at 917 693-8908 Party boats have been having a hard time getting hits from the many stripers they ve been marking, but there were good reports of feeding schooliies in the bay before the winds got too strong. The west winds have been fine for surfcasters who have been picking away at mostly short stripers on clams while hoping to get into blasts of newly-arrived jumbo blues on poppers or any other lures cast to them.