Posted on January 3, 2020 Blackfishing holds up Blackfishing looks as if it will remain a best bet for some time as waters remain mild and tautog can still be found in relatively shallow waters. They sail open at 7 a. m. tomorrow.
Posted on January 2, 2020 New Year stripers Tank Matraxia reported that strong west winds made for miserable blackfishing conditions even on the sturdy Tagged Fish from Highlands as the short chop almost made him seasick for the first time in decades. The west winds were good for Ocean County surf stripers this morning, and Jerry Lasko reported that he started the New Year off right with two stripers while Maren Toleno released four.
There was something very special about the weekend sea bass trip as Joe Welsh of Hopatcong not only caught his expected sea bass limit, but also added a mako shark estimated at over 475 pounds. Posted on December 31, 2019 Huge mako on Jamaica The Jamaica from Brielle is winding up its offshore wreck trips for jumbo sea bass before the season closes at the end of the month with the last such trip departing at 11 tonight.
Good weather continues tomorrow with northeast winds at 5-10 knots before shifting to east in the afternoon. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina that party boats there continue to do very well with blackfish, while surfcasters are catching small bass.
Maren Toleno and Jerry Lasko celebrated Christmas morning with the Ocean County bass as she caught 30 and Jerry 10 in a surf with some swell and whitewater. Posted on December 25, 2019 Christmas stripers They should all be much further south by this time, but school striped bass are still feeding in the N. J. surf.
Posted on December 23, 2019 Blackfish boats picking away The few boats still fishing for blackfish have to work through shorts for keepers, but are finding the effort to be worthwhile. Sunday s trip produced many limits of jumbo sea bass plus porgies and some bluefish.
Posted on December 22, 2019 Offshore sea bass bite still hot While cold waters may be affecting inshore fisheries, that s no problem at all on far offshore wrecks which are normally at their best n mid-winter. Other trips will be sailing at 11 p. m. Dec. 26,27, 28, 29 and 30.
Posted on December 21, 2019 Surf temp cools striper bite The school striper bite in the surf has been so good that it looked as if it would last all winter until the Ocean County water temperature dropped to 40 degrees today. That colder water may have been the reason Capt.