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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., June 3, 2019
From left to right, Fish Heads staffer Matt Sorrentino, Flounder Wetspot skipper Tony Pacittie and Michael Cline show off the three-fish bag that earned them top awards in a $7,5000 sweep of the 7th Annual RFA Bass River Classic over the weekend.
Heavy rains mid to late week may have caused the fluke to seek out saltier turf into the weekend, as most of the typical hot spots in the rivers and bays seemed a bit off. That bite should return to normal in week two of the 2019 fluke season in New Jersey. “Striped bass fishermen continued to find plenty of action and some hefty bass topping the 40- and 50-pound mark both in the ocean, Raritan Bay and the Hudson River,” reported North Jersey field editor JB Kasper this week, adding that there was no shortage of bluefish activity either. “Bluefin tuna action was decent along the offshore waters with some bluefin moving in as close as 10 miles,” Kasper noted. The presence of bluefin in nearer shore waters was not lost on folks running out of Manasquan and Barnegat Inlet. “We have an epic inshore tuna bite going on right now, with fish being caught as close as 10 miles out of Manasquan Inlet,” reported Central Jersey field editor Capt. Frank Bovasso, noting that bluefin have been caught as close as Manasquan Ridge, Shark River Reef, Resor, the Fingers, and Texas Tower. “The big stripers are still hanging out by the three-mile line being taken on mojos and bunker spoons,” Frank added, a reminder of those big striped bass moving through the region. South Jersey’s Anthony Califano called ot “a perfect weekend made for a lot of angler participation in South Jersey waters,” with drum and sea bass for folks heading out of lower Cape May County ports, a few keeper flounder, kingfish and stripers a little further north into Atlantic County. “Anywhere you fish you’ll likely get a bend in your rod,” Anthony noted. For Delaware anglers, black drum are keeping folks happy at the Coral Beds, while offshore action picked up during the week with bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna plus some dolphin caught from the canyons.
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