Fin-Taz-Tic Sportfishing located striped bass on the ocean, at Shrewsbury Rocks, on Tuesday, Capt. Pete said. The trip caught well, and boats have usually been fishing Raritan Bay. Tons of bluefish schooled, and should begin to depart soon, but whether that was desirable was tough to say. On one hand, blues gave up lots of action for anglers aboard. Now was an especially good time to fish, because three species will be able to be targeted – stripers, blues and fluke – now that fluke season will be opened starting Friday. That’s not typical, and if anglers wanted to catch, this was the moment. An angler who fished with a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old aboard this week telephoned, saying how much they enjoyed. Pete couldn’t say how fluking would be, until fluke season was opened. But trips could fight blues and then switch to fluke. Or could switch to fluke if striper fishing turned out challenging, because of blues. Or trips could strictly target stripers. Whatever anglers wanted. Trolled Mojos and livelined bunker caught most stripers aboard. Blues attacked trolled Stretch lures and shad umbrella rigs. Space became available for this Saturday, because of a cancellation. A couple of other spots are available this holiday weekend, and charters and open-boat trips are fishing.
Sailing from Twin Lights Marina, Ed and Tony on the Hammerhead trolled striped bass and blues at Reach Channel on Raritan Bay last Thursday, Marion wrote in an email. Rich Blarr and crew on the Sara Ann on the same day trolled blues on Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay. On Friday, John Cuozzo and Bob Luzzi on the Elsea Nora limited out on stripers to 37 inches and caught 14 blues while trolling at Flynn’s Knoll and the West Bank. During the weekend, J.R. and Dan Shield and T.R. Dempsey trolled blues to 12 pounds off Sandy Hook Point on Stretch 25 lures. On Wednesday, Rich Sherer trolled a 40-inch striper at Flynn’s. Tony and Rob today trolled stripers and blues at the West Bank. Twin Lights, located on Shrewsbury River near Raritan Bay and the ocean, with no bridges before them, includes a marina with boat slips and dry storage, a fuel dock, and a combined bait and tackle shop and ship’s store. Bait stocked includes live bunker when available and in demand. The fuel dock is available 24 hours a day with a credit card.