Little could be reported in wind and rain last week that kept most from fishing, said Bob from Fisherman’s Den. But thank goodness that’s changed, he said, and the surf came alive. Baitfish moved into the water, and striped bass, bluefish, fluke and false albacore fed on them. This was a good time to fish the surf with Danny plugs or popper lures, or, for the albies, metal. “Fly fishermen also (scored) well,” he said. Shark River’s fishing for fluke and snappers held up, and kingfish were also nabbed from the river. Blackfishing was red hot at Point Pleasant Canal, and remember that one blackfish is the bag limit, he said. “Looking good – fall is here,” he said.
Weather for trips looked good for today and the next few days, a report on the party boat Golden Eagle’s website said. Trips aboard sometimes dealt with weather, but good fishing for big blues was hammered on Friday night’s trip. Wind blew 25 or 30 knots from northeast on Saturday’s daytime trip, creating nasty seas, and bluefishing was no good in the conditions, and the trip returned early. Saturday night’s trip was weathered out. Big blues were picked on Sunday’s trip, just not enough. The Golden Eagle is bluefishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Also see the Golden Eagle’s tuna schedule.
The bluefishing trip today sailed to near the Mudhole, plowing a good
catch of 8- to 14-pounders, picking away throughout the time, on the party boat Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the vessel said. Chris Burgess from Branson, Mo., won the pool with a 14-pounder. Bluefishing was tough on Friday night’s trip, until 12:30 a.m. Then catches picked up, ending up good, “but we had to put some extra time in,” the email said. Luis Paz from Elizabeth won the pool with a 14-pounder. Saturday’s trip returned early, because of rough seas that also cancelled that night’s trip. On Sunday’s trip, bluefishing started slowly. “(Then) we picked away at 8- to 12-pound blues … ” and a couple of false albacore, it said. 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 Friday and Saturday.