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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, June 18.

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Catching keeper fluke was a little tough during the weekend on Raritan Bay, Capt. Frank from the Vitamin Sea wrote in an email. The water was dirty, and boat traffic overran areas that hold keepers. A handful were managed each trip aboard, and throwbacks gave up okay action. The fishing looked in many areas for big fluke aboard. Charters are fishing, and open-boat trips and spaces available include trips for: fluke on Wednesday, two spaces available; fluke on Saturday and Sunday, spaces available; and striped bass 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, spaces available. Telephone to reserve.

With the Down Deep Fleet, sea bass fishing was good on the ocean, Capt. Mario said. Lot of big, and large ling were mixed in. Fluke to 6 pounds began to be mixed in, too. Open-boat trips are doing this fishing at 6 a.m. daily through Friday, the final day of sea bass season. Afterward, the trips will fish for porgies. On Down Deep’s other boat, some better catches of fluke began to come in. The water was warming, making the fluke bite. The high hook landed four legal-sized, keeping no more than a limit of three. Open trips are fluking at 6 a.m. daily and 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on that vessel. The afternoon trips had been striped bass fishing, and Down Deep will resume striper fishing in October. Charters are available for up to 15 passengers for any of this fishing. Each boat is a Downeast-style, roomy, comfortable vessel with a large cockpit and full galley.

Capt. Greg from Manicsportfishing ran a shark trip that competed in Long Island’s Freeport Hudson Anglers shark tournament Saturday, he said. A 70-inch mako and six blue sharks to 150 pounds were released on the outing. The mako was obviously shorter than the 83-inch legal minimum size, and the tournament required blue sharks to weigh a minimum of 200 pounds to be entered. Eighty-three inches is the new minimum size for makos this year, compared with 54 inches previously. A 293.8-pound mako took first place, winning the anglers more than $73,000, according to the club’s website. The heaviest thresher weighed 329.6 pounds, winning the anglers more than $52,000. Greg, who likes shark fishing, will run another shark trip this week. During the trip, bluefin tuna to 90 inches and larger were seen just out of casting range for popper plugs. Greg will probably fish for them this week, too. The trip fished at two drops, one inshore and one offshore, off Fire Island. The water was a decent color, not as blue as preferred, but full of life. Two-hundred humpback whales must’ve been seen. A whale shark swam past that was probably 20 feet long and 8 feet wide, the biggest that Greg’s had swim past. The water held few temperature breaks, and seas were flat. About a 730-pound mako was reportedly entered in Saturday’s Jersey Coast Shark Anglers shark tournament. A trip was going to fish for sea bass and fluke today with Manic.