The Ocean Explorer from Belmar also had tough Saturday bottom fishing as only a few fares could get blackfish bites in the swells, while even bergalls weren't biting under those conditions. However, the swell was decreasing during the trip home -- and conditions should be better tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Capt. Gary Fagan is recovering from surgery, and won't be sailing his Big Mohawk from Belmar this weekend. Capt. Howard Bogan has some room left on Saturday's 1 a. m. cod trip aboard the Jamaica from Brielle.
The IGFA 424-page softcover book not only lists the all-tackle freshwater and saltwater world records for men and women, but also line class, length, fly rod and junior records. Even catching an all-tackle record doesn't require spending a fortune to chase such fish as a 1500-pound bluefin tuna, as there are hundreds of lesser records to shoot for especially since the IGFA started accepting just about any unlisted fish over a pound and considered to be large for the species.
Chuck Many made his first such presentation, but one angler told me that it was the best striper seminar he'd ever attended as Many went through a typical day on his Ty Man from from Gateway Marina in Highlands in great detail -- starting with the all-important gathering of fresh bait, no matter how long that may take. Many is strictly a private angler who fishes only for stripers and releases every one.
Despite very cold temperatures and strong winds, it will be warm in the Middletown VFW, on Veteran's Lane off Rt. 36 East, where the annual Hi-Mar Striper Club's Fishing Flea Market and Seminars will run from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. Saturday. Over the past 18 years this event has raised nearly 250,000 making it one of IGFA's most successful fund raising events on their annual calendar. A cocktail hour precedes a deluxe hot and cold buffet dinner followed by the Fishing Tackle Bonanza Auction where thousands of dollars worth of fishing tackle including rods, reels, line and lures donated by major tackle manufacturers and local tackle shops, plus jewelry, marine artwork and other fishing related items and accessories will be given away.
Paul Jameson from Philadelphia bagged three cod, two pollock and five ling. Striper pro Chuck Many will be doing one of the seminars, and I'll be there with some tackle that my wife insists on getting out of the garage.
Sunday was another beautiful day for ocean fishing, but there was no change in the mackerel situation as the Golden Eagle from Belmar jigged loads of herring with only scattered mackerel among them. The Big Mohawk from Belmar fished offshore for blackfish on Saturday.
It was a nice mid-winter day for offshore fishing, and there were plenty of herring to be jigged when the Golden Eagle sailed out to the 17 Fathoms area. The Golden Eagle will be sailing again at 7 30 a. m. from Belmar on Sunday -- and the forecast is great once again with temperatures up to 46 degrees and 5-to-10-mph NW winds before it may get windier later in the afternoon before a NE blow on Monday.