Though there were still hits on every drop, everyone aboard had full coolers before Joseph tried drifting for fluke and sea bass on rough bottoms. Surprisingly, there wasn't a single fluke (not even a short) -- but we fell just one sea bass short of a boat limit at the current two per man to conclude a great day of fishing.
Capt. Stan Zagleski said he had a good drift with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands that produced decent action including enough keepers that almost everyone went home with a catch. Vinnie D'Anton of Shark River Hills said there was a good shot of action early in Shark River with small stripers and some blues on his Chug Bug.
Capt. Tommy Joseph, of Rightaway III from Shark River, has been hammering large porgies since last week, and that fishing was as good as it gets today. Fluking is good in Shark River, Capt. Dave De Gennaro didn't find any bonito or little tunny last weekend at Barnegat Ridge with his Hi Flier from Barnegat, but will continue checking for those fish which should be showing shortly. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reports some brown and sand tiger sharks are being released at night.
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