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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, June 26.

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Belmar
The Katie H competed in Mako Mania on Saturday and Sunday, Capt. Mike said. Saturday’s trip met 10- to 12-foot seas and some 15 in strong wind, and turned back after a couple of hours. The seas were unfishable. Sunday’s trip fished in beautiful weather, and only landed blue sharks. The water was clean but green and 69 degrees, and was about the same Saturday. Anglers who fished for bluefin tuna inshore Sunday picked a couple here and there, spotty fishing. The angling seemed different day to day, and that seemed unusual. Plenty of life including whales and turtles were seen during the sharking aboard, and lots of sand eels were marked. That all looked good for tuna fishing, and the Katie H will begin sailing for tuna now.

Fishing competed in Mako Mania on Saturday on the Celtic Storm but ran into a heavy squall and turned around, Capt. Mike said. Tried to get the trip in. A fluke trip reeled aboard a few keepers and 25 throwbacks Friday on the ocean. Another on Sunday pulled up a few keepers and throwbacks. The anglers on the trips worked hard, and culled throwbacks to land keepers. The fishing could bail sea bass, if sea bass season weren’t closed, and Mike looks forward to two sea bass being able to be bagged per angler beginning Saturday, spicing up catches. More trips were slated for today and tomorrow. Schools are out for summer, and telephone for a special on half-day, 4-hour trips Mondays through Thursdays. Take advantage, take the kids.

XTC Sportfishing ran for tuna 40 to 50 miles from shore Sunday, trolling only one bluefin tuna, Capt. Scott said. The water was clear but green, and was clearer the farthest from shore, around the Chicken Canyon. The water was 70 degrees and was 73 at the warmest, and held plenty of life including birds, porpoises and bait. A couple of fluke trips also fished the ocean in past days. One scored well, bagging 10 or 12 of the fish to 8 pounds. The next day, the other fluke trip only hung a few keepers and a bunch of throwbacks. A trip aboard Thursday evening trolled striped bass 20 to 30 pounds between the channels on spoons and Mojos.

Trips were often canceled because of weather this past week with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. A trip got out Thursday evening for striped bass aboard the ocean, the first trip for that in a week, because of weather. The fishing was no ball of fire, but caught a sizable. Big stripers seemed still around. Parker Pete’s will keep searching for stripers if the fish remain. Fluke trips will begin shortly on the ocean, bucktailing rough bottom to try for big. Two sea bass per angler will be able to be kept beginning Saturday, adding to the catch. Fluking sounded up and down on the ocean. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s about individual spaces available with charters who want more anglers. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.

A few bluefish 2 to 4 pounds were pitched aboard at a few stops today on the ocean far to the north on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. Sunday’s trip began fishing at the Mudhole at an inside edge. A few chub mackerel were pasted and a few blues were seen along the water surface at each stop. The trip worked east of the Mudhole and fished the deep, looking for blues, and a few more mackerel were pasted. The trip sailed back and fished tight to shore, but fishing was tough on the outing. The boat is fishing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for fluke and other bottom-fish 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. The afternoon trips also watch whales and porpoises and catch the sunset on the ride home.

Bluefishing had been good aboard for 2- to 4-pounders on the ocean, but 40-knot wind blew and torrential rain fell early Saturday morning, a report said on the party boat Golden Eagle’s website. The rain cleared by 9:30 a.m., but a big swell remained, and the water was dirty from runoff. Fishing was tough, and usually picks back up in a day. But angling was also tough on Sunday aboard. Plenty of baitfish remained for forage for blues. Good shots at sea bass showed up on the trip, but sea bass season is closed until Saturday, when two per angler can be bagged. Weather looks good this week, so come on down! the report said. Trips are fishing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Fishing and sunset cruises are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily.