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Report from Tuesday, July 7.

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Bluefishing was great, and bonito were mixed in, on Sunday on the Golden Eagle, a report said on the party boat’s website. That’s the first significant bonito catch reported on this site this year. The blues were apparently smaller ones, though the report didn’t say. But blues beaten on previous days were small aboard. Angling for them was also super on Monday, and some bonito were mixed in again. Fishing for smaller blues was also good today aboard. The report mentioned the size for today. Fish are biting, so come on down, the report said. The Golden Eagle is fishing at 7:30 a.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Fishing and sunset cruises are sailing at 4:30 p.m. daily, and reservations are required for those outings. On the sunset trip Monday, nine keeper fluke to 5 pounds were swung aboard. So were throwback fluke and keeper and throwback sea bass.

Catches of small bluefish began slowly on today’s trip, “inside of the Mud Hole,” on the party boat Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the vessel said. But the angling became better throughout the trip, and all the anglers ended up catching the blues. There’s been rubble and structure where the boat’s been bluefishing, so cod, ling and sea bass have also been caught with the blues. Monday’s bluefishing was excellent, inshore of the Mud Hole. The trip’s blues were small, “(and) some drifts … lasted over an hour,” the email said. Keeper cod and throwbacks were also clocked. A bull shark was hooked and released. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every Saturday. Family Fun Days are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Sunday for fluke, sea bass, blues or whatever bites. The trips enjoy a sunset cruise on the way home.

Trips fluke fished on the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Some days fished better than others for the flatfish, and a trip Sunday picked at them aboard. The fluke were finicky, difficult to hook, on some days. Some good-sized were bagged, and the angling went well, when conditions were right. Some big fluke were lost on Sunday’s trip, when the fish were finicky like mentioned, so the summer flounder failed to be hooked well, and got off. Sea bass have been mixed in. Fluke trips include On the Water Seminars that teach bucktailing for the big ones, like sailed last year. One of those was full today, and space remains on another on July 28. More of the dates will be added for August, and charters can also book the seminars. The trips aren’t just limited to ones that Parker Pete’s schedules. On the seminars, novices learn the bucktailing, and the somewhat experienced hone the skill, in a non-threatening environment. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway, about individual spaces available on charters. Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the email blast to be kept informed about the spaces. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page, where it says Join Our Newsletter.

Half-day trips scooped up sea bass and ling on the Katie H, Capt. Mike said. Though two became the bag limit for sea bass starting Wednesday, fishing for them was good, and the anglers limited out, and lots of ling were on the chew. The boat will compete in Mako Mania this weekend that was rescheduled from two weekends ago, because of weather. Afterward, the vessel will still fish inshore, like for sea bass, ling and also fluke, but will begin tuna fishing then, too. Nothing was heard about tuna this weekend, and no boats from the dock sailed for them. Mike heard about a few bluefin tuna inshore and some yellowfin tuna offshore, he said in previous reports.

Good reports rolled in about big striped bass on bunker north of Shark River Inlet, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. One customer stopped in with a 48-pound striper, talking about seeing a large number of the fish. “The big fish in the New York Bight are amazing,” Bob said. A friend showed Bob a photo of a 64-pounder from the boat the friend fishes on, and the friend was on the vessel when Bob emailed this report, on Monday evening. “There were many 40-plus-pound fish also taken in the area, and a report of a 60-pound bass, as well,” Bob said. Shark River’s fluke fishing was good, but throwbacks dominated. Killies and smaller Gulps caught best. Business was good during the weekend, and weather gave the shop a break.