Earlier I had talked to fly rod pro Bill Massey at another spot in Bay Head after he had managed to catch a small bass on fly while casting into the increasing northeast wind. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported small bass being caught in that area on metal and teasers.
Capt. Howard Bogan will be sailing his Jamaica from Brielle to the far offshore wrecks for jumbo sea bass and porgies almost every day the rest of the month before federal waters are closed to sea bass fishing on Jan. 1. Chuck Many of Annandale made his first winter trip to Cape Charles, Virginia last week as he and Nellie Greer of Bethlehem, Pa. only picked a few stripers with live eels on Many s Tyman but two of the big bass they seek(42 and 47 pounds) were included.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports small stripers were caught in the local surf this morning by the few anglers braving the cold weather. Grumpy's Tackle and Betty Nick's in Seaside Park also report small bass in their waters.
Capt. Howard Bogan reported some limits of sea bass and porgies on Sunday's trip to far offshore wrecks with his Jamaica from Brielle. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations., The Jamaica II has been doing well on Mud Hole wreck trips with mostly big ling plus a few sea bass and cod.
I doubt if any boats got out, as Joe Mellilo at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant reported 10 foot waves were pounding the beaches. The switch to west winds should knock those seas down, but it may take a day or two for that to occur.
Capt. Rob Semkowyc said his daughter stayed at the rail and released 20 short bass. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reports good action with schoolies, but also had their first weigh-in in weeks -- though it was a barely legal 28.
My friend,Harry Aiken, in Georgetown, De., said a skipper fishing for sea bass 12 miles off Indian River Inlet this week reported acres of big stripers rolling out there. They put in a long day on Thursday to release two of the big bass Many seeks (42 and 47 pounds) plus a few smaller ones.
The surf was rough this morning after last night's southerly blow, but school stripers cooperated in many areas. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, had several reports of bass taken in the area by other anglers, including a 33-incher.
Capt. Joe Massa and David Witt were also jigging small bass from My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina before switching to blackfish at the Apple Pie for four tog plus many just short of 15 inches. I m sure there are many readers who have made the run out to Montauk in order to fish with the Viking Fleet, and they will particularly enjoy Manny Luftglass latest book Gone Fishin with the Viking Fleet The Forsberg Empire, as told to him by Capt. Paul G. Forsberg.