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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, July 20.

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Point Pleasant Beach
Fishing for fluke on the ocean’s been improving on the Gambler, a report said on the party boat’s website. The number of keepers landed – up to 6 ½ pounds, averaging 3 to 4 pounds – was increasing, and sea bass to 3 ½ pounds added to catches. A usual array of throwbacks bit, helping provide plenty of action. A wreck-fishing trip Thursday night tied into ling, decent catches, and the high hook bagged 15 good-sized. No squid showed up, but squid were jigged on the previous one of the trips, and can show up any time. A Shark in the Dark Trip was successful Sunday night, the report said. Two sand tigers to heavier than 300 pounds were released, and a few other sharks were hooked. Watch a video. Trips are fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily. The boat is bluefishing 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and wreck-fishing 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. The wreck trips are shooting for ling, cod, winter flounder and whatever lurks around wrecks and rocks. More of the Shark in the Dark Trips are slated for 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. the next two Sundays, July 23 and 30. They’re limited to 25 anglers per trip, reservations required. Sign up soon.

Excellent porgy catches were bailed the past five or six days or since Friday on the party boat Dauntless on the ocean, Capt. Butch said. Anglers totaled 15, 20 or more apiece. Almost all limited out on a trip a couple of days ago. Some sea bass and a few fluke have been mixed in. Small weakfish were even caught. Triggerfish were pulled up the last few days, too. Trips fished shallow in 30 to 60 feet of water. Water near the beach was 69 or 70 degrees. Just excellent fishing, and grab a pole and come down, he said. The boat had been ling fishing, but many boats targeted ling, so the fishing slowed, or at least slowed in that area. Trips would probably have to sail too far to angle ling now. The Dauntless is bottom-fishing 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Bluefish trips will also sail at night, if the bluefishing turns on. If it hadn’t by now, it might not before the end of August, when the boat would sail for them. But if the blues show before the end of that month, trips will get on them.