Posted on May 31, 2020 Capt. Ron switches to sea bass Fluke fishing so far has been so poor in the Raritan Bay area that there haven been few reports. Therefore, Capt. Ron Santee decided to spend today fishing for sea bass and ling which provided fish in all bags and happier faces peeping out behind masks.
Deane Lambros Capt. Mike Zajac followed up their first trip of 39 tuna by going back out Monday to Tuesday with the Wallance Vicknar charter and found the bluefins right where they had left them. The big trip so far this week was with another Canyon Runner Coaching and Fishing Report Member who was looking for a tutorial charter.
The Jamaica from Brielle had a good trip yesterday, and will be sailing at 7 30 except for a Sea Bass Marathon at 6 a. m. Friday. Jon Falkowski of Linden fished aboard the Golden Eagle from Belmar today and reported that six of the 25 sea bass he caught were keepers while he also added a fluke and a ling.
In recent years, the spring canyon trolling has been better than the traditional summer and fall sport though the spring bluefins are often on the small side. Despite the fog, Dave Lilly got off to a good start trolling bunker spoons for stripers over 20 pounds until a red tide moved into the middle of Raritan Bay and the bite died out though he still marked bass and bunkers.
Posted on May 25, 2020 Fluke better today for northern boaters The lack of reports from boats fishing for fluke in the Raritan Bay area had me worried about that fishery, but Capt. Ron Santee noted that both short and keeper fluke responded better today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Chris Mahon released the trophy tog which was out of season Chuck Many continues to release big stripers from his Ty Man out of Gateway Marina in Highlands.
Posted on May 24, 2020 Bumpy morning turns out well The only report I could find today came from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar which reported a bumpy start before an unexpected calming of the ocean which resulted in a good catch of sea bass along with some ling and winter flounder. There was a lack of wind and poor drifting conditions for the Raritan Bay fluke fleet yesterday, but no reports today when there was east wind that should have been good in Sandy Hook Bay.
They had limited on sea bass during Friday s trip while adding ling and the first whiting I ve heard of in a long time. There were no fluke reports from the northern fleet, but Nick Honachefsky caught a keeper yesterday in Manasquan Inlet along with shorts in just 1 1 2 hours of fishing.
Posted on May 22, 2020 Slow start to NJ fluke It was a beautiful day for fishing, but I didn t get many reports of hot fishing. The only report from the northern fluke boats came from Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.
Posted on May 21, 2020May 21, 2020 Trophy tuna closes tonight NJ fluke starts tomorrow If you want to boat a Trophy giant tuna in the Angling category, you d better get right out there now as the northern Trophy allowance will be closed at 11 30 p. m. and through Dec. 31. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported crushing sea bass today, with many scoring limits (10) of 12 1 2-inch minimum bass along with ling.