Thu., May 5, 2016
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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, May 5.

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Belmar
Big bluefish to 15 pounds lit up Shark River, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Anglers fought all they wanted at the L Street Pier and also at Shark River Inlet. Striped bass fishing is improving daily, and some small were clammed in the surf. Back-waters, like Manasquan River, gave up bigger. He landed a few to 14 pounds on rubber shads on the Manasquan. Farther north, boaters hammered large stripers in the back of Raritan Bay. These were breeders and “should be handled as little as possible, if you release them,” he said. Looking ahead, fluke season will be opened beginning May 21, and plenty swam Shark River. Anglers hooked the flatfish by mistake and released them, saying the summer flounder were sizable. Some weighed 8 pounds. The shop’s rental boats are used for fluking on the river, once the season opens. Things are looking up, Bob said.