The DEP reports a special fishing opportunity High school aged students have a chance to participate in the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on May 20 as part of a team. The High School Team Category is for students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group.
Capt. Joe Bogan of the Jamaica II at Brielle reported catches up to 53 ling and three cod to 12 pounds. There was the same story of great ling fishing plus a few cod at Point Pleasant as the party boat fleet was being kept busy.
The Raritan Bay Anglers Club runs their Fishing Flea Market on Saturday from 8 a. m. to 2 p. m. in the Rutgers Student Center, 126 College St., New Brunswick. The Hi-Mar Striper Club Fishing Flea Market and Seminars run from 8 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Saturday, Feb, 10 in the Highlands VFW on Rt, 36 in Port Monmouth.
The DEP has announced that Little Egg Inlet is being dredged to provide both a safe channel and restored beaches and dunes in southern Long Beach Island. The Little Egg Inlet project will clear a mile-long portion of the previously marked channel that is 24 feet below mean sea level, using this sand to restore beaches in Beach Haven and Holgate on Long Beach Island.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is looking at better weather on Wednesday for an opportunity to give bottom fishing another try. Mike Augat of Pesca Panama says his barge fishing the fish-filled waters around Isla Coiba is filled through June 9 except for two last minute opportunities.
JCAA Beefsteak and Fishing Seminar 2 10 18 4 PM - 9 30 PM At the Forked Fiver Tuna Club 50. Per person On Saturday, 2 10 18, the JCAA will be holding an all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner along with a fishing seminar.
Normally, a NE wind is the worst thing for anglers -- but bottom fishing is so poor now that the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is looking forward to it tomorrow as it may shake up the present dead fishery. Only a few short blackfish were caught during Saturday's quest for big tog in deeper waters, and most areas were completely dead in Sunday's rain.