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.
Paul Haertel of the JCAA provided the following update on the sea bass situation Sea Bass Update - Important NJMFC ASMFC Hearing on 1 4 18 By Paul Haertel, JCAA Board Member Past President The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) will meet at 4 PM on Thursday, 1 4 18, at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, New Jersey. Then at the same location, at 6 30 PM, our Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) in conjunction with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries (ASMFC) will have a public hearing pertaining to Addendum XXX for black sea bass.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc tried to get in a last trip today with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but both the weather and the fish were uncooperative. Once we made the turn to head down the beach it was pretty nice with the wind at our back and the beach protecting us from the seas.