The Ocean Explorer from Belmar hooked into some huge blackfish today as the west wind was lighter to permit offshore fishing. The Ocean Explorer is fishing daily, including New Year's Day, for those super tog, but the west wind forecasts are going back up the next few days.
Friday, December 29, 2017 We want to thank all our patrons for this past year and we wish everyone a happy new year to come. Seabass and the Porgies have gone and now were will be fishing for Ling, Cod and Blackfish for the New Year.
There were no fishing reports today, but the blackfish and offshore sea bass boats should have good fishing conditions on Saturday with only light west winds predicted before gusty and very cold northwest winds return. The Golden Eagle from Belmar gave up on stripers some time ago, but looked forward to returning for the expected mackerel run at the end of December.
Dec 29 2017 12 24 BLACKFISH 12 29 Update-We had a good day on the Blackfish grounds on our last trip with a lite crowd of customers on the boat. We are going to continue sailing for blackfish with the fishing getting better with cooler water temps so hope to see you soon.
Though the brutal cold will put a big dent in saltwater fishing effort, offshore anglers are getting in their last shots at sea bass before the season closes at the end of the month while blackfishing closer to shore continues and stripers remain a possibility until ocean water temperatures drop much further. Capt. Bob Bogan will try to get back out for stripers after Friday's offshore sea bass trip.