Mother Nature has to be on top of President Obama's flat-earther list as her sea creatures have failed to cooperate with NOAA's climate change prediction that anglers will have to learn new techniques for more southerly species such as red drum taking over in warming waters. Heilner also quoted the famed angler Phillip Mayer as saying surfcasters fishing for weakfish and kingfish at such spots as Corson's and Barnegat inlets regarded them as pests that ran off with their rigs since almost all were over 25 pounds from 1893 to 1902 when striped bass were also plentiful.
Only 10 tickets at $125 are left, and there will be no availability at the door. Fishing should revive the week, and Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has scheduled open bottom fishing departures at 7 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
With the snowstorm out of the way, fishing should resume this week as seas decline and temperatures moderate. Not only should boats be able to get out for bottom fishing and mackerel, but shore anglers interested in herring should be able to catch them on Sabicki rigs at the inlets.
Following is a press release from Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Pallone Calls for Less Restrictive Policies for Summer Flounder and Sea Bass Files Formal Comment Regarding Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Draft Proposal LONG BRANCH, NJ Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, regarding the Commission's Draft Addendum XXVII to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. In the letter, Pallone called for fair and less restrictive policies relating to two important fisheries in New Jersey summer flounder and sea bass.
Last Friday's column noted how striped bass anglers were once again bailed out by the Hudson River spawning stock which produced consistent fishing in that river plus Raritan Bay while the coastal migratory was slow again in the spring before providing some shots of hot action off Ocean County in the fall prior to a decent showing of school stripers that worked out well for the party boat fleet due to the change to a slot bass in the bonus bass program. Surfcasters did well with those blues in that area at times, but I never saw any repeat of the spring bluefish blitz of the year before in the Bay Head to Point Pleasant area.
There may be a brief window of opportunity for anglers this week before the predicted weekend snow storm. Most of the bass that seem to be wintering there were in the 35-inch class, but they also had one larger striper
The Atlantic City Boat Show will move into the Convention Center from Feb. 3 to 7. He's been working many days at the new Fisherman's Den North in Atlantic Highlands Harbor -- which will be open in the spring.