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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, July 25.

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Parker Pete’s Fishing Charterswon second place in Saturday’s Point Pleasant Elks fluke tournament with a 9-pound 4-ounce 29-incher, and the trip limited out, Capt. Pete said. The trip’s fluke also included a 7.7-pounder and 5- and 6-pounders. Fluking, on the ocean, was great this past week aboard. Many sizable fluke and plenty of limits were bagged. The size of the fish was some of the best Pete’s seen in some time. Trips include On the Water Seminars that teach bucktailing for big fluke in a non-threatening environment. Space is available Tuesday for one of those. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces available on charters. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces. Plenty of the spaces are posted on a calendar on the site.

A ¾-day trip bombed a bunch of fluke, a great catch, limited out on sea bass and added some ling from the ocean Sunday on the Katie H, Capt. Mike said. A trip Friday also cleaned up a good catch of fluke, sea bass and ling from the ocean. That trip had been slated to fish for bluefin tuna inshore, but reports about the angling were terrible. So the anglers decided to fish for the fluke and other catches, a good choice, Mike said. A buddy fished for the bluefins Sunday, so Mike would find out how that went.

More keeper fluke were shoveled from Shark River than in recent years on rental boats from Fisherman’s Den, Bob wrote in an email. Anglers from party boats that fished the ocean, and even surf anglers, reported landing more fluke than before, too. Fluking is good and maybe better than in the last couple of years. Noah Gomez from Jackson rental-boated a great catch of fluke to a 6-pound 10-ouncer from the river Sunday. Last week, Charlie Dana from Freehold rental-boated a 7-pounder from the river. Beatrice Soto limited out on fluke to a 6-pound 6-ouncer on a charter. Scott Christensen from the Bradley Beach Surf Casters whaled a 9-pounder and a 5-pounder off Long Branch. Soto’s and Christensen’s catches apparently came from the ocean. Sea bass swam plentiful in the ocean, helping fluke boaters fill coolers. Big porgies were plentiful in the ocean. Kingfish were spread throughout the surf form Spring Lake to Asbury Park. Some swam into Shark River. Many cownosed rays swam the surf. Snapper blues schooled back waters, fun for kids, and good to liveline for fluke for older anglers. Striped bass were available for “anglers willing to lose a little sleep – they can be had in low-light conditions,” Bob said. He mentioned no location for any stripers caught, but has been getting some to 17 pounds, only at night, he said. Here’s an unusual catch: Hunter Llewellyn from Lehigh Valley, Pa., weighed-in a 73-pound drum.

Bluefishing was tough Sunday on the Golden Eagle, a report said on the party boat’s website. But toward the end of the trip, the boat was stopped for sea bass, fluke and ling that were caught for something to bag. A few blues, not enough, were reeled in during Saturday’s trip. On Friday’s, bluefishing was kind of a slow pick. But fishing for blues and mackerel was better previously during the week aboard. The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Afternoon fishing and sunset cruise trips are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 Fridays through Saturdays, reservations required.

Blues and mackerel were fought “pretty quick” first thing in the morning Friday on the ocean off Shark River Inlet on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. That was the most recent email at press time, and the fishing slowed considerably by mid-day. The small blues were picked slowly the rest of the trip. On Thursday’s trip off the inlet, blues and mackerel served up decent fishing in the morning. During the rest of the trip, the fish were picked “with shots.” The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Family fishing and sunset cruises are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.