As noted in last night s blog, the limit is 10 sea bass at a 12 1 2-inch minimum. Castaway s Tackle in Point Pleasant is stocked up with clams and squid for the sea bass, Despite much better weather, it appears that most party boats didn t get out.
Posted on May 11, 2019 Haertel LaGrossa were double winners in N. J. Skillful Anglers Contest Paul Haertel of Clifton had an unusual double win in the 2018 N. J. Skillful Anglers Contest as he trolled a 54-pound striped bass on May 28 off Asbury Park on a Tony Maja bunker spoon, and in Sept. added a 30-pound, 9. He spent six hours just looking for a bite even though he read bait and some fish, He went into overtime to avoid the doughnut, and that payed off in a late two keeper stripers and a short.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said the ocean was too rough for comfortable fishing, so he fished his Sea Hunter in the bay where there was good action with short stripers plus a few keepers The forecast for Saturday may present an opportunity to get back in the ocean, but it doesn t look good for Sunday and Monday. Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reports excellent fishing for big blues in Barnegat Bay, but only a few small blues seem to be in the surf along with some stripers that are mostly on cut bunker Mother s Day is usually the starting point of bluefishing in the surf.
After getting into the best popper fishing for big fish that I ve ever had in Point Pleasant Canal yesterday morning, there wasn t a bluefish to be had there this morning. There was a general lack of shore action in the Point Pleasant area today as big blues seemed to take the day off.
Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reported more anglers getting into big blues on both poppers and cut bunker in the bay and from local docks. Capt. Chris Di Stefano reported that Jimmy Herrick got into big blues in Raritan Bay where they never showed at all last spring.
Posted on May 5, 2019 Capt. Tommy Joseph retires Capt. Tommy Joseph, one of the Shore s finest bottom fishing skippers, appears to have beaten lung cancer, but the operation took too much out of him and he s decided to end his chartering career. I first met Tommy many years ago on a trip aboard the Skipper from Belmar when Capt. Dom Vitolo told me to fish next to that customer as he was the best blackfisherman aboard.
Posted on May 4, 2019 Plenty left at my garage sale for Sunday There was a good turnout this morning at my fishing tackle garage sale, and it was great to meet many blog followers. That angler also got good news from a passing boater who said he had a hot bite of big blues off the Mantoloking Bridge.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has an open striped bass trip for 100 on Sunday which is restricted to 15 fares. Capt. Stan Zagleski is sailing for striped bass out of Bahrs in Highlands with his Elaine B II until the fluke and sea bass seasons open.