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.
Posted on December 20, 2019 Salmon Strips are Tilefish Candy The new Salmon Strips from Fisherman s Choice should be deadly on big fluke when that season arrives in the New Year, but in the meantime they ve been proving effective on such other species as tilefish. Jerry Lasko reports the Ocean County school striper bite in the surf continues.
Posted on December 19, 2019 Only three bluefish for anglers next year The MAFMC has recognized the sad state of the bluefish fishery and imposed large catch reductions for 2020 including just three bluefish for shore fishermen and private boaters while allowing those who fish aboard for-hire vessels to keep five. Anglers have been protecting the bluefish stocks by releasing the vast majority of their catch ever since the Bluefish Management Plan was enacted.
Posted on December 17, 2019 Spotted sea trout caught in December Jersey surf Mako Mania changes The oddest recent catch in the Ocean County N. J. surf was the semi-tropical spotted sea trout hooked by Jerry Lasko while casting for school stripers on Saturday. Ironically, Jerry may have caught more spotted sea trout this year than adult weakfish.