The Canyon Runner Fleet will be fishing commercially for giant tuna out of Morehead City, N. C. starting next week and extend the same offer just as they did last year, when about 100 military and vets were hosted during that fishery. The Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County are running their first Fishing Flea Market on March 5 from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the American Legion, 33 West Passaic St. in Rochelle Park.
Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County will be holding a Flea Market on March 5th at the American Legion Post 170 located at 33 West Passaic Street in Rochelle Park from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Entry fee for adults is 3, and children under 12 will be admitted at no charge. Items for sale will only be fishing or outdoors-related, and prizes will be provided every hour. Additional information about the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County can be found at www. swabc. org The Ocean Explorer from Belmar got out Monday in decent weather, but blackfishing offshore was surprisingly dull.
Some keeper tog up to one of almost 12 pounds were boated, but the bite died out to almost nothing later in the trip during a mild and very fishable day after it had been very rough Saturday. Unfortunately, there's a lot of rain and east wind in the forecast the next two days.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar also had tough Saturday bottom fishing as only a few fares could get blackfish bites in the swells, while even bergalls weren't biting under those conditions. However, the swell was decreasing during the trip home -- and conditions should be better tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Capt. Gary Fagan is recovering from surgery, and won't be sailing his Big Mohawk from Belmar this weekend. Capt. Howard Bogan has some room left on Saturday's 1 a. m. cod trip aboard the Jamaica from Brielle.
The IGFA 424-page softcover book not only lists the all-tackle freshwater and saltwater world records for men and women, but also line class, length, fly rod and junior records. Even catching an all-tackle record doesn't require spending a fortune to chase such fish as a 1500-pound bluefin tuna, as there are hundreds of lesser records to shoot for especially since the IGFA started accepting just about any unlisted fish over a pound and considered to be large for the species.
Chuck Many made his first such presentation, but one angler told me that it was the best striper seminar he'd ever attended as Many went through a typical day on his Ty Man from from Gateway Marina in Highlands in great detail -- starting with the all-important gathering of fresh bait, no matter how long that may take. Many is strictly a private angler who fishes only for stripers and releases every one.
Despite very cold temperatures and strong winds, it will be warm in the Middletown VFW, on Veteran's Lane off Rt. 36 East, where the annual Hi-Mar Striper Club's Fishing Flea Market and Seminars will run from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. Saturday. Over the past 18 years this event has raised nearly 250,000 making it one of IGFA's most successful fund raising events on their annual calendar. A cocktail hour precedes a deluxe hot and cold buffet dinner followed by the Fishing Tackle Bonanza Auction where thousands of dollars worth of fishing tackle including rods, reels, line and lures donated by major tackle manufacturers and local tackle shops, plus jewelry, marine artwork and other fishing related items and accessories will be given away.