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    school tuna shuts down

    The short season during which boaters with permits could retain a single school bluefin tuna from 27 to 47 inches closed last night, but permit holders can continue to keep two bluefins from 47 to 73 inches curved fork length per boat for the rest of the 2006 fishing year that extends through May 31, 2007.

    The New York fluke season closed Tuesday night, which means New Jersey anglers can not retain fluke of any size caught in New York waters. That includes fluke taken from our side but transported through New York waters.

    Weakfishing is showing signs of breaking open. However, after good reports Wednesday, Capt. Victor Medina of Newark said they had lockjaw yesterday when he marked them from Andrea's Toy out of Keyport. They wouldn't hit -- though lots of blues were available in Raritan Bay. Capt. Freddy Gamboa had the boat out Wednesday and caught six weaks in 10 minutes. Medina said a friend hooked 16 that day, and Capt. Don Hager reported 70 on his Sea Fox from Atlantic Highlands.

    Medina joined Captain Mike Copeman of the Renegade from Point Pleasant to take a party to the Hudson for a Friday overnighter that provided all the dolphin they could handle. Most were chickens that would hit anything thrown at them, though a few larger dolphin up to 15 pounds were caught along with two yellowfin tuna. Two swordfish were lost.

    Capt. Sal Cursi had his best weakfishing so far while working Wednesday in the Reach at the back of the bay with Cathy Sea from Sewaren, and also off the Bug Light at Sandy Hook. He used peanut bunkers to catch mixed size weaks, including some to 5 or 6 pounds.

    Scott Leadbetter and Jim Mogck from Haddon Heights limited on mixed size weaks from 1 to 5 pounds Wednesday in Raritan Bay while fishing with Ed Ajamian of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County on his boat out of Atlantic Highlands.

    Capt. Willie Egerter Jr. is happy with the porgy and sea bass action from his Dauntless out of Point Pleasant. He caught 44 porgies and two sea bass himself Wednesday, when his fares averaged from one to three dozen scup. Richard Stone boated an 8-pound fluke and added 25 porgies plus five sea bass. About three dozen fluke were caught that day. The Dauntless will be night bluefishing only on Fridays and Saturdays.

    At Belmar, Capt. Greg Markert has some spots left for the Sept. 18 canyon trip on his Golden Eagle. Bluefishing was good for 6-to-12-pounders over the weekend, and there were also plenty of little tunny Saturday -- though none Sunday.

    At Highlands, Capt. Stan Zagleski is taking a break from fluking Sunday and Monday to run his Elaine B. for sea bass and porgies at 7 a.m.


    At Brielle, Capt. Joe Bogan enjoyed good fluking on Jamaica II prior to Ernesto. Ed Nolan of Manasquan took the August monthly pool with a 9 3/4-pound fluke, and almost beat that with a 9-pounder just before the end of the month. Greg Sergi of Belmar had a 9~-pound fluke that same day. The Jamaica II will continue fluking through September.TOP CATCHES

    At Brielle, Capt. Joe Bogan enjoyed good fluking on Jamaica II prior to Ernesto. Ed Nolan of Manasquan took the August monthly pool with a 9 3/4-pound fluke, and almost beat that with a 9-pounder just before the end of the month. Greg Sergi of Belmar had a 9~-pound fluke that same day. The Jamaica II will continue fluking through September.

    Capt. Francis Bogan reports this has been the best ling season in many years, as catches of 15 to 30 remain routine on the Paramount's Tuesday to Thursday Mud Hole wreck trips. There was also better inshore action with sea bass and porgies last week on Friday through Monday sailings. The first triggerfish report submitted so far was of a 5-pounder taken Sunday by Don Perez of Jersey City, who added 15 porgies and three sea bass. Rodney McMillan of Browns Mills boated a near-record 6-pound ling last week while Bill Horak of Jackson won a pool with a 3-pounder as did Jean Rogers of Trenton with a 3-pound sea bass.


    Chris Mantlick reports from Brielle Tackle that the mouth of Point Pleasant Canal has been producing fluke, porgies, spot and kingfish for those fishing worms and clams. Weakfish and croakers are being caught close to the beach off Sea Girt and Bay Head on squid, clams, worms and Fin-S jigs. School stripers also have been hitting clams in the rough surf. Chris Ramirez of Brielle cast a brown Fin-S tipped with squid and spearing from a local dock to land a 2 5/16-pound fluke.

    At Point Pleasant, Capt. Dave Riback of Purple Jet had a variety catch last Friday for Larry Palfini's charter from Lincroft as chumming produced blues up to 5 pounds plus sea bass and a striper before a switch to fluking resulted in three of 4, 6 and 7 pounds. Saturday's fluking was slow until the last hour, when five keepers up to 4 pounds were boated. Despite rough seas Saturday night, Wayne Bell's crew caught blues up to 14 pounds.

    Capt. Bud McArthur of Brick found lots of bunker schools south of Manasquan Inlet at the end of last week, but snagging them from his Splinter produced only bluefish cut-offs. He notes there were lots of croakers in shallow waters close to the beach, though fluking still hadn't recovered from the storm. Fred Merlino and his Brick Senior Fishing Club were out last Friday and managed a smorgasbord of fluke, sea bass, weakfish, croakers and bluefish.

    Capt. Russ Binns of Toms River had a similar report Saturday. Anchoring conditions weren't good on a wreck, so after catching some sea bass he moved into the beach at Island Beach State Park for a pick of croakers, weakfish and fluke. Bunkers were so thick that he was able to snag them while drifting, but only bluefish hit those live baits.

    Capt. Dave DeGennaro is finding bonito and little tunny on every trip to Barnegat Ridge with his Hi-Flier from Waretown. Chumming with grass shrimp in Barnegat Bay is producing weakfish along with the usual September mix including snapper blues, blowfish, smooth dogfish, porgies, sea bass, kingfish, sea robins, hickory shad, fluke and even a porcupine puffer.

    At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ed Bunting Jr. says fluking is improving after Ernesto left us with hardly any keepers or shorts last week. With weakfish improving, Bunting will be prepared to fish for both species every morning, but all afternoon trips have been canceled for the season. Recent pool winners with weakfish include Brad Weaver of South Bound Brook with a 3-pounder and Alex Lashuck from Atlantic Highlands at 5 pounds. The top fluke were a 5 1/2-pounder by Nicole Milko of Jackson, and a 3-pounder for Mike Paci of Lodi.

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    Yeh I heard about those darn SHOOL tuna......and the SKOOL tuna too! :P
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