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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, October 16.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Seaside Heights | Forked River | Barnegat Light | Longport | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
From Fisherman’s Den, Bob’s been surf fishing for striped bass half the night, working the shop the rest of the day, he wrote in an email. But he’s catching! Stripers are beginning to migrate down the coast. “We should see a blitz any day,” he said. That’ll happen as baitfish like peanut bunker pour into the ocean from rivers and bays. Belmar’s party boats are having a banner season of fishing for porgies and blackfish. Party boats that are bluefishing from the port are hammering slammers. Bob weighed-in a 20-pounder. Winter flounder began to migrate to Shark River. More and more kept being hooked, and one angler saw five landed yesterday morning.

XTC Sportfishing had the weather to fish once this past week, Capt. Scott said. Bonito, small and large bluefish, porgies and winter flounder were decked. Out-of-season sea bass were let go. Trips are fishing for tuna offshore whenever weather allows. That angling was weathered out recently. Trips will run for striped bass when the migration arrives in this area.

Tuna fishing was canceled because of weather this weekend on the Katie H, Capt. Mike said. A charter was slated for Friday to Saturday, and was given the option to fish Saturday to Sunday or Sunday to today instead. But that was weathered out, too. Tuna trips are booked for every weekend this month. Sea bass season will open Sunday, so trips will have that option, too.

Capt. Mike from Celtic Stoirm Charters was supposed to fish for tuna on a friend’s boat this weekend, he said. But weather scrubbed that. He worked on the boat instead. Striped bass began to be boated to the north at New York Harbor or in the back of Raritan Bay. They should be a couple of weeks from migrating to the local ocean. Charters will get after them aboard then, and sea bass charters will begin on the boat once sea bass season opens Sunday.

Big bluefish to 22 pounds were tackled Saturday on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. An excellent day of fishing, and Sunday’s trip jumped on big blues to 22 pounds again, another good catch. Was a phenomenal weekend of fishing for big blues, and trips are sailing for them and striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Blues to 20 pounds, all you wanted, were lit up Friday on the Golden Eagle, a report said on the party boat’s website. Super fishing, and the angling began slower on Saturday’s trip. But then the fish, monsters, began to bite, until four gaffs were going at once, non-stop. The bluefishing ended up super again. A trip also fished Saturday night, and Mohawked blues again, this time up to 23 pounds. A tuna trip, the final this season, was supposed to fish Sunday to today. Trips are fishing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Because last Saturday night’s trip went well, another will run 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. this coming Saturday.