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Report from Thursday, May 24.

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For anglers on the party boat Big Mohawk, sea bass fishing was pretty good this week, Capt. Chris said. It was everything it’s supposed to be, he said. A good number of healthy-sized were clocked, and he hopes the fishing holds up. Trips are fishing for sea bass 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Sometimes the trips leave earlier. Trips for striped bass will also fish sometimes next week. Watch the boats’ website for those dates. Fluke season will open Friday, but the Big Mohawk will keeper after sea bass for now. Chris isn’t going to miss that angling. Eventually, the trips will switch to fluke, and the boat is big on fluke.

The trip today on the Golden Eagle put in extra time and bagged a couple of really good-sized striped bass, some small bluefish and a couple of sea bass, a report said on the party boat’s website. Weather was gorgeous, and trips are fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Fishing and sunset cruises will begin this weekend that sail 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. This Saturday is sold out, but room remains for this Sunday.

Excellent striped bass fishing was socked on the ocean the past few days with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Evenings fished a little better than mornings, and the trips hooked the bass on livelined bunker and on the troll, depending on conditions and whether bunker appeared. Plenty of weekdays are available for trips in June. The fishing aboard currently includes Magic Hour Trips for stripers from 3 p.m. until dark. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Book an individual spot with a charter who wants more anglers. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.

The rental boats and all bait, including killies, and tackle is ready at Fisherman’s Den for the opening of fluke season tomorrow, Bob said. The boats are used to fish for the summer flounder on Shark River, running past the shop. Fluke are in the river, and a group of anglers on one of the rental boats today would’ve limited out on the fish, and released them instead. Big striped bass hit in the ocean surf. A 58-pounder was hammered from the ocean surf across from the river yesterday. Bob expects to give a more detailed report soon after fluke season opens, including results of the opener. If he does, that’ll be posted here in an update. ***Update, Saturday, 5/26:***An edited email from Bob: “Fluke fishing was off to a good start, but keepers were scarce. Maybe the early catch-and-release fishing spooked some keepers away. Striper fishing (on the ocean was great on trolled) Mojos and bunker spoons. Chris DisTefano Jr., Shark River Hills, had a 53-pounder on a bunker spoon. There were also fish to 58 pounds on Mojos, mostly off Asbury Park. Surf fishing was getting better with lots of short bass and blues. Scotty Lex had a 31-pound bass from south jersey beach. Good luck, come down and get in on the action.”