The bluefish turned this week providing a nice jolt to the inshore fisheries.
Boat captains caught them in many locales from Barnegat Inlet to Monmouth Beach. The fish have been in the inlet, tight to the beaches on out to a couple of miles. The fish are mostly 1 to 5 pounders hitting jigs and hitting in such a fury at times that some anglers are getting their limit in an hour or so of fishing.
A few bigger fish were in the mix on Thursday. Capt. Dave Riback on the Queen Mary party boat out of Pt. Beach reported an 8-pound pool fish landed by George Hamway of Wayne.
The tide has had a lot to do with the bite. Capt. Rich Falcone of the Golden Eagle party boat out of Belmar said Wednesday started out slow until the change to low tide around 9 am Then the blues turned on.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro on the Hi Flier said his party had 25 blues in Barnegat Inlet before changing to bait to fish for striped bass, which they succeeded in getting two keepers.
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Speaking of striped bass, surf fishermen are still connecting off the beaches. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park weighed in an 8 ½ pounder for Hunter Evans who caught it using sand crabs for bait.
There are some weakfish popping up but its it’s pretty random. Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright had a report of one last weekend in their area.
Long Beach Island anglers are enjoying a run of kingfish at the southern end of the island, reports Jingle’s Bat and Tackle in Beach Haven.
Ocean fluke fishing has greatly picked up the pace. A lot of nice fish are coming in on the party boats. Capt. Matt Sosnowski on the Big Mohawk out of Belmar reported some limit catches this week. He said anglers are doing good with Gulp and bucktails.
The ling are starting to bite good in the deeper water. Capt. William Egerter of the Dauntless party boat said anglers are getting as many as 25 fish on his all-day trips. Along with the solid ling action, they’re reeling in codfish and winter flounder.
Tuna fishermen are finding yellowfin in the canyons. There hasn’t been much on the mid-range spots. Fishermen did run to spots such as Little Italy but had nothing but sharks.
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Capt. Howard Bogan Jr. made his first tuna trip of the season on Tuesday. He ran to an offshore canyon and said he read plenty of yellowfin and actually saw them on the surface numerous times.
He fares boated 10 tuna, but lost several others. A few had to be released because they were small. They also dropped lines for tilefish and reeled in a couple up to 22 pounds.
Bogan said there is more warm water moving into the canyon so there should be good fishing on the upcoming trips.
The blue claw crab pick is improving. Jessica at Oceanic Marina in Rumson said crabbers are getting a dozen keeper crabs on the outings. She said the crabs are pretty plump.
When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected]