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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, July 30.

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On the party boat Big Mohawk, fluke fishing was good Wednesday and not Tuesday on the ocean, Capt. Chris said. But the fishing’s been consistent, not as good as a couple of weeks ago, not great, but decent. Some bigger fluke 6 or 7 pounds were bagged Wednesday, and seven or eight anglers limited out that day. Maybe some boats would consider that good, but Chris didn’t. Almost all fluke were hooked on Gulps. The Big Mohawk is fluke fishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Bluefish 15 to 22 pounds gave up action on most drifts Tuesday on the
Miss Belmar Princess, at hills north of Shark River Inlet, an email from the party boat said. The fishing was better than previously, and there was no lack of readings. The trip caught best at readings stacked on bottom. Readings looked like that at times, and sometimes blues were seen along the surface chasing bunker. On Wednesday’s trip, blues weren’t seen like on Tuesday, north of the inlet, so the trip caught fluke and sea bass. On today’s trip, blues were read inshore of the rocks north of the inlet, but refused to bite. Chumming and jigging were tried, and the day was tough. The crew hoped storms tonight would get the blues biting. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every Saturday.

A few huge bluefish 18 to 20 pounds were canned Tuesday on the
Golden Eagle, a report on the party boat’s website said. Blues 3 to 5 pounds were picked in the afternoon. On Wednesday’s trip, blues 18 to 20 pounds were sometimes beaten, and many big blues were lost. The fish broke the water surface, but were difficult to catch, and 3- to 5-pound blues were also mustered up. Fishing for both big blues and 3- to 5-pounders was slow on today’s trip. A few were managed, and so were sea bass and fluke. The Golden Eagle is fishing at 7:30 a.m. daily. Fishing and sunset cruises are sailing at 4:30 p.m. daily, and reservations are required for those outings. 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.

From XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott had been away, and he guessed the boat sailed for fluke and sea bass while he had been, he said. But he’s back now, and trips are supposed to fish for fluke Saturday on the ocean and bluefin tuna Sunday at the middle grounds or the Texas Tower and the Bacardi wreck.

Fluke fishing was up and down on the ocean, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Throwbacks inundated the water on some days, including double-headers. The throwbacks were 16 and 17 inches, just under the 18-inch size limit. But better life was starting to be seen while fluking, and that was good. The keepers were good-sized, averaging 5 pounds, and 6- to 8-pounders won pools. The fish were there, and anglers had to work for them. Trips searched for better water clarity. Fluke trips include On the Water Seminars that teach bucktailing for big fluke, and room remains for one of the trips August 5. August 17 and 25 were just added for the trips. Charters can also book the seminars on other dates. Anglers should contact Parker Pete’s, even if they don’t have enough anglers for a charter. That’s because individual spaces are 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.