Posted on May 20, 2021 Old bunker boat sdded to Manasquan Reef Jim Hutchinson Jr. of The Fisherman magazine reports as follows A former commercial bunker boat, Carters Creek, takes a few final breaths before her 145-foot hull sinks to rest at the ocean floor at Manasquan Reef. His father set stadards for party boat doornats that he ll be trying to eclipse this year.
Posted on May 19, 2021 Sea Hunter to fish with live bunkers Capt. Rob Semkewyc says Raritan Bay is loaded with bunkers, and he s going to fish them from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands through Friday for a better chance at big stripers which haven t been cooperating on cut bait. Chuck Many hasn t had a problem catching big stripers on live baits.
67 )Thank you to those who supported the 2021 Derby!Almost all N. J. party boats switched over to sea bass on Saturday, and there weren t any negative reports as limits were common along with lots of shorts plus some ling and even a few cod and whiting. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has been doing very well with sea bass, but said that fishing was only decent today with about half of the fares limiting from among numerous shorts plus a few cod and whiting They will not be sailing tomorrow in order to finish up the cabin air conditioning, but will be back at it on Wednesday.
Posted on May 16, 2021 Sea bass opens in NJ The long-awaited sea bass opener in N. J. began in perfect calm weather, and the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported they had many limits plus some ling and even cod. A member of Betty Nick s Fishing Club reported lots of bunker and spot in the Seaside Park surf, but not a hit from 5 30 to 11 a. m. Capt. Monty Hawkins also had a good sea bass opener on his Morning Star from Ocean City.
Miss Belmar Princess couldn t find ocean stripers yesterday, so they went bottom fishing to catch some ling plus a few blues and cod while releasing lots of sea bass. They will concentrate on sea bass and ling next week while keeping an eye out for stripers.
Posted on May 13, 2021 Sea bass Bonus stripers open Saturday in NJ There will be a big change in NJ fishing this weekend as the sea bass season begins and striper anglers in the Bonus Program can keep a single striper between 24 and less than 28 inches Party boats have been having a hard time finding standard keepers while releasing shorts that will now be legal. Anglers must be aware that this only applies in NJ waters, The same fish inspected in N. Y. are just shorts even if they were caught in N. J. waters.
Posted on May 12, 2021 Northern Trophy Bluefin season closed NOAA Fisheries Closes the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Northern Area Trophy FisheryFishermen aboard Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and Atlantic HMS Charter Headboat permitted vessels (when fishing recreationally) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (i. e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) in the northern area after 11 30 p. m., May 11, 2021. 8-mt Angling category northern area trophy bluefin tuna (measuring 73 inches or greater) subquota has been reached and exceeded.
However there was an unusual report of a weakfish in the surf this morning. Capt. Vinny Vetere reports many big stripers were trolled over the weekend from his Katfish out of Great Kills on TGT bunker spoons.
When my son-in-law Luis Gonzalez and I joined Bob Correll of Bay Head on his Sea Vee 32 from his new home in Hutchinson Island this morning our goal was a large snapper or grouper from some hard bottom nine miles off St Lucie Inlet. However, as Bob was bringing in a chopped off amberjack head he spotted a fish chasing the bait on Luis line and that hook-up resulted in a small sailfish tearing up the surface to break our losing streak with a release.