The west winds should have calmed the ocean and cleared inshore waters, but there still haven't been any fishing reports. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar was going to try sailing this morning, but there's been no report so far.
My striped bass seminar this year will be on Friday at 2 p. m., and once again Gary Quon with be on hand to provide every angler attending the seminar with one of his valuable Tady metal jigs. Gusty west winds this week should settle and clear ocean waters, but Many notes that all the snow where he lives in Annandale will be adding to further cooling of river and bay water temperatures.
Warnings are up from midnight to 3 a. m. Thursday, with the heaviest snow tomorrow afternoon along with gale force winds up to 45 mph. West winds of 15 mph are forecast for Saturday with only three-to-four-foot seas -- and there are light north winds predicted for Sunday.
Despite a gale warning for Wednesday, there appears to be a window of opportunity Tuesday morning. The Ocean Explorer is taking advantage of the light northeast morning forecast in order to sail for cod.
The only positive word comes from Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park which heard of some small stripers being caught in the back of he bay on bloodworms and small lures. Hopefully, inshore waters will clear soon for a shot at school stripers and winter flounder.
at The Tackle Box in Hazlet, heard of some school stripers being caught on worms from Raritan Bay shorelines such as Union Beach before the weather turned. The Ocean Explorer will be sailing daily at 7 30 a. m. for cod once the ocean settles.
Capt. Chris De Stefano of Wall had reported seeing 18 anglers fishing for winter flounder from the Belmar docks yesterday morning without success. De Stefano also heard from Frank Criscola that the enormous swordfish boated on his Crisdel fishing out of Islamorada was only estimated at 649 1 2 pounds by formula.
Paul Haertel of the JCAA reports that Though we had expected the fluke and seabass regulations to be set at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3 15 18, the setting of regulations for these two species has now been delayed until a special meeting can be scheduled in April. Further, our council is seeking to close or eliminate the gap from when fluke season closes until when sea bass season opens so they have elected to wait until the special meeting in April to set the regulations for both species.
There probably won't be many catches reported, but anglers will be able to keep legal-size winter flounder and striped bass in all N. J. waters as of Thursday. Pete Connell of Avon was also fishing out of Islamorada yesterday as he and Don Smith chartered Capt. Chris Walton of Long Key who deep-dropped 20 miles offshore on his Regulator 28 for a good catch of queen snappers from the depths along with blackfin tuna and skipjacks trolled as they moved between drops.