Posted on July 3, 2020 Big money July 4 tournaments A lot of money is at stake on the Fourth of July for those fishing winner take all blue marlin tournaments, with one along the Atlantic coast and the other covering the world. The Blue Marlin World Cup has been contested for many years, and has a minimum of 500 pounds with a lines in period of 8 10 a. m. to 4 30 p. m. in the time zone fished.
It turned out to be a day of negative firsts in my northern fishing career as I watched big sharks strike poppers and witnessed carnage by them on hooked tuna that I only previously saw in tropical areas. At our first stop, Lou Grazioso jigged an under bluefin, and I lost one after a few secnds, while Chuck Many had a blast on his popper that turned out to be a big dusky or brown shark after a tough fight on spinning tackle.
Yet on June 29 last year I caught two in the Bay Head surf, along with eight small blues, to finally broke the ice with them in the N. J. surf at an unprecedented time of year. Allen Riley made his first surf trip in some time, and tried a bit south of Sandy Hook yesterday morning.
Posted on June 29, 2020 Summer stripers cooperate in N. Y. Harbor The spring run of stripers in the N. Y. Harbor area has long been over, but some bass can be caught all summer if you have patience and knowledge which is what Chuck Many has plenty of. Also at Clarks, the Canyon Runner reported continued great canyon trolling with catches such as seven bigeyes, 13 yellowfins and a big blue marlin for the Mike Davie party.
Capt. Ron Santee had to move around to scratch out fluke on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but Mike Lee proved that working hard can produce even when the bite isn t on as he jigged all day to bag his limit. Once again there s a chance of showers and thunder storms in the afternoon,
Posted on June 26, 2020 Raritan Bay doormat The first doormat fluke reported to me from N. J. was caught today by Joe Jones of Allentown, Pa. in Raritan Bay, and it had plenty of room to spare at 12 pounds, 13 ounces. Yet, Joe Ciervo of Middletown boated fluke of 5 1 2 and 4 pounds, The best bet for the weekend may be the ocean fishing for small bluefish.
Posted on June 25, 2020 Bigger blues show in ocean Bluefish in the 6-8-pound class were reported among the abundant 2-5-pounders today by the Golden Eagle out of Belmar. Capt. Ron Santee Jr. had John Uhl of Plugbaits aboard his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands yesterday as samples of the Gulp-like bait were passed out and produced good numbers of shoert and keeper fluke up to a 4-pound pool winner.
Specific highlights included the Peter Wilcox charter with 3 nice big-eyes and 17 fat yellowfin, the Frank Tedesco charter with our biggest big-eye this year well over 200 pounds, the Jason Hutt family with 4 more big-eyes and a hold full of yellowfin and finally the Mike Davie charter just loading up with perhaps the best one hour of fishing in a decade 3 passes over the edge in the first hour in the canyon and they had 7 big-eyes and 3 yellowfin they finished up with 7 big-eyes, 13 big yellowfin and a big blue marlin. But what s really got us excited is when we look at our Canyon Runner Coaching and Fishing Report Member reports plus Deane s and Mark DeCabia s they ve accounted already for over 100 big-eyes this year.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a good bite of sea bass and bluefish early , but Capt. Dave Riback said The rest of the day stunk . Striped bass from the surf big enough to weigh have been rare so far, but Betty and Nick s in Seaside Park weighed a 23-pounder caught on clam this morning right from the local surf.