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Posted on December 11, 2019 The Fat Lady sang for Katfish Charters Capt. Vinny Vetere gave the Hudson River one last try last weekend with his Katfish from Great Kills. Though bunkers were available for live bait in the Hudson River, there was no sign of stripers and he took the boat out of the water as he doesn’t fish for the small bass. Ironically, the last bass over 15 pounds caught on Katfish was the bass-of-the-year 67-pounder trolled on Nov. 14. Keegan Rothman (16) seems to catch big fish wherever his father takes him.  That includes this large roosterfish hooked recently at Zihautenejo, Mexico. Offshore jumbo sea bass fishing was off on Saturday due to a strong current, but bounced back Sunday on the Jamaica from Brielle when limits were common along with some porgies and pollock plus lots of bluefish. Nery Cardona of Upper Darby, Pa. was a pool winner with a 7-pound sea bass.  Him Yee from Flushing, N.Y. had a 13-pound pollock. The Jamaica sails at 11 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. Small craft warnings are up through late tonight for northwest gusts to 20 knots. That drops to north 5-10 knots in the morning  before going to west 10-15 in the afternoon with gusts to 20. Snow and rain are predicted in the morning, with a chance of snow in the afternoon. The Big Mohawk from Belmar has canceled tomorrow’s trip, but plans to fish for blackfish the next day.

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