Fluke fishing on the ocean was pretty tough, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. The fish gathered in small patches. A drift of the boat would catch some, and the drift would be repeated, and none would be hooked. On a good day, anglers would bag two or three apiece. The fishing was a grind – that’s the best way to put it, he said. Lots of mackerel swam the water, and sometimes small blues did. Plenty of dates are available for trips in September, and Pete hopes fluking picks up. 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.
Twenty yellowfin tuna and a 90-pound swordfish were landed on an overnight trip Monday to Tuesday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. A 200-pound bigeye tuna and a dozen yellowfins were taken on an overnighter Thursday to Friday. Most yellowfins on the trips were trolled during daytime inshore of the offshore canyons, except five that were chunked at night at the canyons on the trip with the sword. The bigeye was trolled, at the canyons, of course. Trips are supposed to fish for tuna inshore today and at the canyons Friday.
Shark River’s fluke fishing was good this week, and better numbers of keepers were plowed than before, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Three anglers on a trip landed more than 100 fluke, including six keepers, from the river. Two of them, regulars at the shop, last week landed 150, including no keepers, on a trip on the river. The store’s rental boats are available to fish the river. Lots of mullet and spearing schooled the back of the river. Sometimes small striped bass and snapper blues fed on them. Ocean fluking was fair, and fluke 8 pounds and heavier were docked from Belmar’s head boats this week. Charters boats scored some good numbers of the fish. Bluefishing was slow on the ocean. But mackerel fishing was hot on the trips. “Go figure – no blues, lots of mackerel,” he said. Surf fishing was slow, but should pick up, as baitfish migrate to the ocean from the river.