After another terrible winter fishery, and long before the spring fishery that's been missing for many years, the Golden Eagle from Belmar found good mackerel jigging on Saturday. The wind stopped them from fishing after that, but the Golden Eagle will start daily trips on Thursday.
Rich Swisstack was at the St. Croix booth, and reported catching seven bass up to 28 inches on clams Friday night at Cliffwood. Freshwater guide Skip Lerman was helping at Shimano's display -- and said he used clams at Morgan the previous night for a 32-incher plus shorts.
For a complete list of seminars, plus other information about the Expo (that was written up in last night's blog) visit sportshows. com. They hope to get out Saturday, which appears to be fishable until the northeast winds kick in that night.
The Spring Lake Live Liners dinner at the Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach last Saturday night featured two boat awards for Gavin Petillo largest striper of 35 pounds, and fluke at 9 1 8 pounds. I talked to fly-fishing pro Bill Massie of Wall who managed to catch only 50 stripers while fishing local beaches almost every day during a poor surf year down from his usual 200 on a fly.
It was a lot worse in Florida, where recreational fishermen and charter skippers weren't allowed to fish in Everglades National Park. I'll be at that meeting in the Red Bank Library at 84 Front St. -- and will report further in tomorrow's blog.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported there were huge swells on the ocean Monday, but they're planning to head offshore for cod on Wednesday. A meeting on the proposed Sandy Hook Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be held at 7 p. m. Wednesday in the Red Bank Library at 84 Front St. The Recreational Fishing Alliance opposes what Jim Donofrio calls a solution looking for a problem .
The nicest March weather in years didn't do us much good in terms of fish, and I don't expect any improvement in that from the northeaster that started Sunday evening -- along with rain. Massa went out again Sunday afternoon, and ran about 15 miles around both sides of the bay to see only half of the bait and birds of the day before.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported calm seas and mild temperatures today while a lively bottom produced a few keeper cod plus some ling and small pollock as well as the usual bergalls and dogfish. The Tackle Box in Hazlet reports the water temperature got up to 52 degrees Friday at Keansburg, but they're still only hearing about short stripers on clams despite such an abundance of bunkers that anglers feel as if they're getting hits.