Posted on October 4, 2020 .N.J. sea bass opens on Oct.Â 8 Bottom fishing in N.J. ocean waters now features porgies along with a few triggerfish and the one blackfish presently allowed â€” plus sea bass that have to be released. However, all that will change on Oct. 8 when the N.J. sea bass fishery reopens. Check with your favorite skipper as special limited trips may be scheduled for the first few trips. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a very good Saturday night trip for 3-8-pound blues on both bait and jigs. However, todayâ€™s day trip was again slow. They saw a lot of blues, had to work for every one. There were a few larger blues up to over 10 pounds among the mostly small to medium choppers. They also caught some 5-7-pound little tunny. Thereâ€™s another light wind forecast for tomorrow. Letâ€™s hope they are right this time. Todayâ€™s forecast was for northeast at 5-10 knots, but when I checked the surf at Bay Head it seemed as if they should have written 5 plus 10 because the flags were straight out. Mondayâ€™s forecast is again NE 5-10, but with a chance of morning showers. In addition to Betty & Nickâ€™s. you can also sign up for next weekendâ€™s Barrier Island Beach Brawl at Grumpyâ€™s Tackle, Gabriel Tackle, Fishermanâ€™s Supply and Charlieâ€™s Tackle.