Bluefin inshore of Hudson, sea bass season returns


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Two humpback whales came out of the water and bumped the boat. Everyone was safe and the whales swam off. Video courtesy of Luke Haley.

Asbury Park Press

This week was filled with action, especially for offshore anglers targeting tuna. 

One story making the rounds on the docks was the TenX’s whale encounter. Capt. Mark Haley, his two sons Jeff and Luke, and friend Patrick Sullivan were just inshore of the Hudson Canyon Monday when they were broadsided by a humpback whale. 

Fortunately, the 26-foot Regulator they were on did not tip and all on board were OK. Haley said the whale swam off, seemingly unharmed. See a video of the encounter at the top of this story.

Haley, who has a summer home in Beach Haven, said they landed their boat limit of bluefin, mostly fishing with jigs. He said the area was loaded with bait and many times they visited by dolphins and whales.

This was the second known close call between fishermen and whales. Two anglers were capsized by a whale off Seaside Park last month while they were engaged in fishing a bunker pod for striped bass. 

They were able to walk away from the incident, while the boat righted itself upon beaching. 

Sea bass season reopened this week, but with a two-fish limit. Captain Ryan Bogan of the Jamaica II party boat has covered a lot of ground outside Manasquan Inlet mostly in search of fluke. He said anglers have been doing well jigging for the bass versus using bait. 

As far as the fluke goes, he said he picked fish everywhere he went this week. Every trip ends with a handful of anglers getting their limit of three fluke.

Fishing report: Boats slinging ling, while fluking picks up pace

The Spanish mackerel have shown up. Captain Rich Falcone on the Golden Eagle party boat reported a few landings were made on Tuesday’s bluefish trip. 

He said they had excellent bluefishing Thursday. He had a boat limit of blues by mid-day. The fish were piled up and they were able to sit the boat right on top and jig them. He said his fares also had their limits of sea bass. 

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The rays are in the surf, so keep an eye on any fishing rod you leave unattended in a sand spike. Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park said they’ve already heard of one fishing rod causality so far. 

What they’re hearing is the rays are southern rays, which are recognizable by their more pronounced diamond shape. 

The shop also had a nice fluke weighed in by Steve Perna. The fish weighed 5 ¼ pounds and was landed in the surf. 

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The crab picking has been pretty steady. Trixies Landing in Bayville has noticed some bigger crabs in the mix. They report Anthony V. and John L. from Bayonne found about a bushel of 5 inc or bigger males near the mouth of Cedar Creek while out in one of their rental boats.

Greg at the Oceanic Marina in Rumson said the more experienced crabbers are coming in from the Navesink River with about a half-bushel of blue claw crabs.

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; dradel@gannettnj.com.



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