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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., May 20, 2019
There were 60 young contestants in Saturday’s 21st Annual Ann & Nuncio Bruno Bluefish Tournament out of Chestnut Neck Marina in Port Republic, but it was Troy Deman of Egg Harbor City who would take first overall with a 12.40-pound gator, largest of all the 47 bluefish weighed in on May 18. Chris Pezska of Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club awards Troy his bluefish trophy as folks enjoy the after tournament party at Chestnut Neck.
JB Kasper said another wave of big stripers is moving into northern waters with some 50-pound plus fish boated in the ocean this past week. “Most boat captains believe now that the full moon is behind this week will be the start of the big bass fishing in the ocean,” Kasper said this week, also adding that bluefish up to 18 pounds are hitting anything that moves on Raritan Bay. Don’t forget, The Fisherman subscribers can win big with a bluefish of that upper-end size; check the Dream Boat section of the website for more. “One diver told me Shark River Inlet is paved with fluke and similar reports came from the Raritan Bay area,” Kasper added this week, a good sign for those hitting the fluke grounds on opening day. In Central Jersey, Capt. Frank Bovasso reported that sea bass opened with an awesome bite last week, with mixed wreck catches also including ling, cod, and some smaller bluefish around the structure. “Bluefish are in the surf and are feeding heavily on bunker chunks,” Bovasso added this week, noting along with our beach talk reporter Nick Honachefsky that some of the best surf action around right now is along the LBI beach front. Boats leaving Central Jersey ports and steaming east are also getting into a good early season bluefin bite at the Lillian, Bacardi, and the Triple Wrecks, with a few makos reported too. Are you entered into the Black Drum Battle (www.blackdrumbattle.com)? If you’re fishing Delaware Bay and haven’t entered, you really should. South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano reports this week that it’s on fire and is overshadowing all the other fishing going on in South Jersey right now. “But with fish up to 80 pounds in relatively shallow water, let’s give them their due,” Califano said, adding “They are only here for a short time and now is their time to shine.” With weakfish, slammer blues and jumbo sea bass on the South Jersey menu right now, you’re only one cast away from that Dream Boat leader board. “Just one cast,” Califano added. Those fishing out of ports in Delaware are finding good sea bass action out at DEL-JERSEY-LAND Reef.
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