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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, September 17.

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Bluefish 2 to 7 pounds were picked away Sunday to the northeast on a few drifts on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email said from the party boat. A decent catch, on Ava jigs, both plain and with tails. Fishing resumed Saturday aboard, after rough weather. Blues about the same size were found but “didn’t want to cooperate.” Some were caught, fewer than wanted, but average fishing. That was also to the northeast, and the blues on these trips were a little bigger than previously. Trips are fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

“Finally got out today,” Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters wrote Sunday in a text. The fluke fishing wasn’t great on the ocean in a big swell that remained. But he hoped for better today. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Book an individual space with a charter who wants more anglers.

Capt. Mike from Celtic Stoirm Charters did no fishing during the weekend, he said, and forecasts had been rough. But some of the weather turned out better than predicted. Sunday was a beautiful day, but most of the fleet was docked. He heard about catches of porgies, triggerfish and blackfish made Saturday, a windier day.

***Update, Tuesday, 9/18:*** Fluke fishing was “hanging in there,” Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Bob March from Mullica Hill checked-in a 9-pounder from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Eric Olsen from Spring Lake brought in a 6-pound 10-ouncer from a Belmar party boat. Rivers were full of baitfish, and small striped bass and small bluefish feasted on them. Cool weather is needed for the bait to shove out to the surf, where the bait could attract bigger stripers or blues. Bigger blues and some false albacore were fought aboard Belmar’s party boats on the ocean. “We are shaping up for a good fall run if the weather doesn’t throw a monkey wrench in the mix,” he wrote. Dust off the surf rods, change line on the reels, put new hooks on surf lures and get ready, he said.