Thursday, September 28, 2006
Striper anglers will get a shot at a piece of the million-dollar Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series on Saturday when the Jersey City qualifier is run out of Liberty Landing Marina, where the New York/New Jersey International Boat Show will be under way. In addition to the guaranteed $20,000 for first, boaters finishing in the top 25 will also gain admission to the season-ending $150,000 tournament in Virginia -- for which there is no entry fee.

The entry fee for this contest is $450 if paid in advance. Register online at or by calling (270) 252-1000.

The Liberty Landing Boat Show opens today from 1 to 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday.

The 19th annual Fall N.J. Boat Show opens tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Raritan Center at Edison. For information, visit

It's not all over for fluke yet. Capt. George Bachert had his best catch in more than a month Tuesday from his Angler out of Atlantic Highlands. Freddy Azaiter of Manhattan caught six keepers and added a 30-inch striper. Bachert said some fares had three to five legal fluke, many of which were in the 18- to 20-inch class. That bite continued yesterday when Bob Kirsten of Port Monmouth had five keepers up to a 5-pound pool winner.

Freddy C. from Leonardo was also into that fluking yesterday. It was only 2-1 shorts, and the pool went to a 5 1/2-pounder.

Capt. Victor Medina of Newark joined Joe Pyanoe of Brick on his Two Leos from Point Pleasant for a Tuesday overnighter in Toms Canyon that resulted in lots of action during a calm night. Cuddy Hughes of Eatontown and Michael Ryan from Cliffside Park joined in catching 25 yellowfin tuna up to 90 pounds plus two big albacore to about 65 pounds. Four swordfish were also hooked. Medina boated one in the 125- to 150-pound class and released a small sword.

Also at Point Pleasant, Capt. John Brackett's Tuesday little tunny special trip worked out just as planned. Those speedsters were right where he left them the day before at the south end of the Mud Hole, and everyone had a shot at them on both lures and bait. Tom Satulla of Kearny hooked 14 on smelt and caught 10. A bar jack was also boated. Those who fished bait deeper got into bluefish. Brackett will continue working that area since both species are available. His next little tunny special sails next Thursday.

Capt. Jim O'Grady got into little tunny the same day at a wreck where he's been bluefishing with his Cock Robin. Blues hit bait and jigs as soon as they arrived, and then tunny arrived in the slick along with the first school bluefin tuna heard of this fall. O'Grady said his anglers got arm-weary from fighting fish. He's set up a series of light tackle tunny specials every Monday and Wednesday limited to 25 people by reservation. Call (732) 892-5083.