Fishing picked away at fluke on the ocean, caught them well, on the party boat Big Mohawk, Capt. Chris said. Some days were better than others, but the fluking wasn’t bad at all. Weather had to be battled frequently this season. Good-sized fluke were decked, including 7- to 8-pounders every day. Rocky bottom was fished, and mostly Gulps on bucktails caught. But strips of fluke belly also did. The Big Mohawk is fluke fishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
The daily bluefish trip on Wednesday, fishing along the Mudhole like on previous trips, was excellent on the party boat Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the vessel said. Jumbo blues 10 to 17 pounds were slammed, and the fish bit right away, and the angling just got better as the trip went on. The blues were fought the whole trip, and John Sutor from Whiting won the pool with the 17-pounder. A 15-pound cod and a 12-pound pollock were also clocked. The Miss Belmar Princess is bluefishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. ***Attention! Kids sail free!*** To thank patrons, kids 14 and under will sail free aboard weekday trips through September 5, when a paying adult accompanies the kid. Let the kids have fun before going back to school, the email said.
Super bluefishing was crushed Wednesday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s website said. Many customers limited out on the 10- to 15-pounders, and the fish smacked both bait and jigs. Hammered jigs with red tails were the hot jigs. Fishing for the same-sized blues was good aboard Monday, mostly on bait, and Tuesday, on bait and jigs. 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. every Saturday. Fishing trips/sunset cruises are running 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays through Fridays. Tuna trips are booking up. Only eight spots are left for September 28, one for October 5 and 15 for October 19, the three dates the 24-hour trips are scheduled. See the Golden Eagle’s tuna trip page online.
The Katie H will fish for tuna offshore at the canyons overnight Friday to Saturday, Capt. Mike said. He was loading bait into the truck for the trip Wednesday evening when he gave this report in a phone call. The schedule of overnight trips to the canyons recently began aboard, traditionally starting around now, when tuna start to feed at night, not just during daytime like they do earlier in the year. The boat fishes inshore, but is also an offshore specialist.
XTC Sportfishing was weathered out from fishing for tuna at the offshore canyons Friday through Sunday, Capt. Scott said. But trips aboard fluked Tuesday and Wednesday on the ocean, scoring alright. Wednesday’s trip slapped a bunch of keeper fluke on deck and released a whole bunch of throwbacks, and Tuesday’s trip was about the same. Trips fished for tuna offshore and inshore last week, catching well. One of the inshore trips landed bluefin tuna at the Chicken Canyon that Monday. An overnighter that Tuesday to Wednesday fished offshore at Hudson Canyon, drilling yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna. Another overnighter that Wednesday to Thursday batted aboard yellowfins at the Chicken. The yellowfins at the Chicken weighed 20 to 70 pounds, and at the Hudson weighed 70 to 90. At the Hudson, the tuna were trolled during daytime and chunked at night. The chunking was slower than trolling, but the fish bit throughout the night. All the tuna at the Chicken were trolled, during daytime, of course. A trip Friday will fish inshore for tuna and sharks, Capt. Jody from the boat said, and another on Saturday to Sunday will fish offshore, if he remembered the schedule.
A few good-sized fluke, including a 7-1/2-pounder on Wednesday, were snatched from the ocean aboard, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. But the heave since the weekend’s northeasterly wind, and the current offshore hurricane, made the fishing a grind the last few days. A severe easterly current, like the currents that caused riptides, was also dealt with, and south wind on Wednesday was an issue. Conditions were brutal, but that can happen this time of year. You play the weather, he said. Wednesday’s trip was one of the On the Water Seminars that teach bucktailing for fluke on the boat. Another is full that’s slated for Saturday, and the seminars were going to end already, but more were added, because they’ve been successful, and Pete might add another soon. An email about the seminars said: “Are you tired of reading reports of people catching big (fluke)? Do you usually ‘drag’ bait and hope for the big one? Are you being out-fished when you go out fluking? Are you ready to get hooked on bucktailing in a non-threatening way?” Anglers can email Pete for info about the trips. Also, don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the emailed newsletter to be kept informed about last-minute, individual spaces available to fill in charters. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page.
The surf was up, so this might’ve been a good time to try for striped bass there on clams, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Rough surf can break up clams into the water, triggering stripers to feed on them. Reports rolled in all week about stripers in the surf. Bill Massey from Wall fly-rodded them, and Mickey Sweeney from Howell hooked the bass on sand crabs, “so clams would be a logical choice,” Bob said. “… Fluke fishing was a little slow the last few days, but the action in the rivers continues to be good,” he said. On the rivers, snapper blues and crabs kept kids happy. Big bluefish bit well in the ocean, and false albacore kept showing up in better numbers in the ocean. Five-inch, bubble-gum Tsunami split tails did a job on the albies. “Keep the faith – fall is in the air,” Bob said.