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.
Capt. Rob Semkowyc said it was all stripers when he started today, but bluefish horned in eventually -- and it was a mix of the two species after that as there were five keeper stripers plus bonus bass taken on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Dave Riback started finding fish at Shrewsbury Rocks, and continued to the north as anglers on his Queen Mary from Point Pleasant all caught their bonus bass plus all the blues they wanted.
Santee said there were four areas of birds when he first got out there with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, and bass dominated before some big blues were added. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported a a fast start with blues and then got into stripers.
That fishing was very good Friday, with many sea bass limits plus a 30-pound cod by Jack Karg of Little Egg Harbor. Saturday was slower, but there were still some sea bass limits plus an 11-pound pollock and a 9-pound cod.
We jigged over 20 bass up to 27 inches on shads while Roy added three stripers on the pencil popper -- and I used that lure to release a big bluefish. The Jamaica's trips to far offshore wrecks have been producing many sea bass limits along with jumbo porgies and quite a few cod.
Both the Sea Hunter and the Fishermen had a mixture of short, bonus and keeper bass today along with big blues. At Seaside Park, Betty Nick's reported an unusual amount of blues up to 15 pounds in the park along with small bass.
Fornabio sent along the following report The coldest weather of the year has driven water temps down a bit in the last couple of days but the weather looks good for the temps to rebound and the fish to spread out within the lagoon. Fishing has been good when you can deal with the winds and weather conditions.
Party boats from New York and New Jersey fished every day and night throughout the winter in those days while anglers filled bags with the abundant whiting and ling in the Mud Hole. It was the Soviet Union fishing fleet with 32 ships preparing to continue their devastation of our fisheries at a time when international law only allowed countries exclusive fishing rights within 12 miles.