There were lots of anglers on Ocean County beaches today after the reports of big stripers being hooked there Saturday. There was also a report from a group in Island Beach State Park that had caught seven short stripers and saw a 33-incher hooked by another fisherman.
Yet, there was a sudden rush to the beaches in the Seaside Park area today after Betty Nick's Tackle in that town posted reports of big bass in the surf this morning. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park had an earlier report of a 38-inch, 15. 75-pound striper that hit an SP Minnow cast by Jay Thompson on Christmas Day.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) kicked off the final phase of a massive beach replenishment project from Sea Bright to Manasquan last week. Despite the ecological damage involved, there was no way to stop the project involving 86,722,210 in Sandy aid federal funding as broad beaches are important to Shore communities.
Sunday night's far offshore wreck trip produced a sea bass limit for Jack Aydelotte of Harrisburg, Pa. plus 10 porgies, seven blues, and a pool-winning 10-pound pollock. The Jamaica II was into lots of jumbo porgies during Wednesday's bottom fishing trip, along with some sea bass and a few cod.
After two brutal winters that shut surf fishing down early, we were hoping for better during a mild winter that is keeping water temperatures in the 50s. Jay Amberg reports from Sea Girt that the waters are beautiful, but there's no sign of bait or stripers in the surf.
Fishing for jumbo sea bass along with porgies and come cod and pollock on far offshore wrecks remains the best bet for anglers -- especially since the inshore bluefish and striper run cooled off. Capt. Howard Bogan reported Sunday's fishing on his Jamaica from Brielle remained very good with many limits of sea bass up to 6 pounds plus porgies, bluefish and a 10-pound pollock.
The Draft Addendum also includes options for extending use of ad-hoc regional management approaches for black sea bass recreational fisheries in 2016 and 2017. The Draft Addendum also proposes two options for the 2016 black sea bass recreational fishery (1) coastwide measures or (2) the continued use of management measures by northern (Massachusetts New Jersey) and southern regions (Delaware North Carolina).
Northern surfcasters also got in on the action at Sea Bright the last two days with a mixture of mostly jumbo blues plus school stripers that were being caught Friday in a driving rain and southeast wind. Offshore bottom fishing has been exceptionally good, with limits of jumbo sea bass being common, along with big porgies and the best fall run of cod in memory.