ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Folks fishing off the Jersey Shore are on the hunt for fish of course, but this year they’ve been getting an added bonus: multiple whale sightings.

“We see whales almost daily…Most of them are finbacks, and you see ’em breaching, coming right through eating the bunker. Lots of them,” said George, captain of the Party Boat Angler, which runs out of the Atlantic Highlands Marina.

George told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten he’s been fishing for years and has seen whales before, but not like this year.

“Yes I’ve seen it in past years but not for this long through the season,” he said.

Michael, who was out fishing for fluke on Saturday, said the sightings are quite a thrill.

“Oh it’s exciting to see them come out of the water,” he said. “I mean if you have your camera you can’t really get a shot of them because they come up so quick. But it’s exciting, you see a lot of different things out on the water. You never know what to expect.”

George said the food the whales like is plentiful off the Jersey Shore this year, accounting for all the sightings from Sandy Hook to Cape May, Baumgarten reported.

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