Trips for porgies sailed every day on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said, though some of the twice-daily trips were weathered out. The fishing was great, and he hopes that holds up. None of the trips would fish today and Friday, because of forecasts for 25- to 30-knot winds. He hopes the weather calms and the trips resume Saturday. Yesterday morning’s trip first fished between the channels, and porgy catches were terrific, until weather became rough. Then the trip moved to the bay. The afternoon’s trip stayed in port, because of weather. On the day before, Tuesday, the morning trip was kept docked in weather, and the afternoon trip fished in beautiful weather. Both of Monday’s trips fished, and that was the first day of porgy fishing on the vessel. Trips fished for fluke previously aboard, until fluke season was closed beginning Monday. The Atlantic Star is fishing for porgies and blackfish 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.
Porgies, lots, were boated, said Jay from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Kingfish were nabbed from Keansburg Pier. Porgies seemed to depart from there. Many striped bass swam the river, and were only 18 to 21 inches, but bit. In the surf, a tremendous population of mullet schooled. Surf anglers landed bluefish at Sandy Hook Point, a long walk, and sometimes the anglers arrived and the fish held a mile off. Boaters fought the blues at the rips there. Sometimes false albacore were hooked from the surf. A striped bass was occasionally dragged from the surf. That was often in early morning or late in the day, and striper fishing will pick up when water cools. A few stripers were trolled near the Statue of Liberty, where the fish gathered since spring.
Boats all porgy fished, until the weather shut that down, and the catches were good, said Chris from Fisherman’s Den North. A few customers blackfished, buying crabs for bait, because the tautog bit well, though one blackfish is the bag limit. Thresher sharks and sometimes mako sharks had been fought from the Mudhole. In the surf, small blues swam abundant. He beached them on every cast at Long Branch on metal, and the water was full of baitfish and life. False albacore stormed the surf now and then at different places. Sometimes party boats that bluefished put anglers on albies on the ocean. The shop, new this year, the sister store to Fisherman’s Den in Belmar, is located at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, down the dock from the Atlantic Highlands party, charter and private boats.