The nicest March weather in years didn't do us much good in terms of fish, and I don't expect any improvement in that from the northeaster that started Sunday evening -- along with rain. Massa went out again Sunday afternoon, and ran about 15 miles around both sides of the bay to see only half of the bait and birds of the day before.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported calm seas and mild temperatures today while a lively bottom produced a few keeper cod plus some ling and small pollock as well as the usual bergalls and dogfish. The Tackle Box in Hazlet reports the water temperature got up to 52 degrees Friday at Keansburg, but they're still only hearing about short stripers on clams despite such an abundance of bunkers that anglers feel as if they're getting hits.
Raritan Bay is full of bunkers, and I got a phone message about three larger stripers that were chunked Thursday night from shore off Great Kills. Frank Huza of Aberdeen fished from shore at Keyport that night, and just missed on a keeper with a 27. 25-incher.
Phil Sciortino reported from the Tackle Box in Hazlet that the water temperature had climbed to 50 degrees at Union Beach, and school stripers are being caught there as well as from Cliffwood Beach and the other usual spring sod bank areas around the bay. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reminds anglers that the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament is set for May 15, with early entries up to April 15 eligible for a reduced adult entry plus drawings for various prizes.
The 39th World Fishing and Outdoors Expo opens Thursday at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York and continues through Sunday. John Mazurkewicz noted some of the new tackle you can expect to see at his exhibit from Shimano, G. Loomis Rods, PowerPro Braid Jackall Lures Shimano -- Socorro SW spinning reels in size for both inshore and offshore saltwater use Torium HG star drag reels now also offered in left-hand retrieve model - 16, 20 and 30 sizes Speedcast 14000 spinning reel for the surf - with 'Spool Economizer' to reduce line capacity to 10000 size ForceMaster 6000 and 9000 electric reel for deep dropping, jigging and kite mode Curado 70 baitcasting reels for casting smallers lures, and for flipping pitching Caenan 150 baitcasting reels for all levels of tournament bass anglers G. Loomis -- IMX E6X Walleye Rods - being introduced this spring E6X Salmon Rods - being introduced this spring PowerPro -- Maxcuatro braid line-up expands with new 20-, 30- and 40-pound test. Jackall -- new lures include the Gantarel Jr. hard swimbaits, Rhythm Wave soft plastic swimbaits, and the TN 60 and 70 Disc Knocker lipless crankbaits. The sales crew from the Don Coffey rep group - including Doug Rusch and Greg Kondak - will be in booth to help, along with Chris Bielert from Shimano.
El Nino has provided us with the nicest possible March weather, but few anglers seem to be taking advantage of it. Capt. Howard Bogan has room on Saturday's 1 a. m. limited cod trip of the Jamaica from Brielle.
Adam La Rosa reports his Canyon Runner Fleet at Point Pleasant had another record NY Seminar,with more attendees than ever before. http www. operationrestoredwarrior. org La Rosa noted 5 was donated from every ticket sold and then we raffled off Canyon Runner tackle raising 5,150 - which I promised to match out of my own pockets if the NY guys beat the AC guys in money raised at the raffle - which they did!
Today's snow and strong northeast wind provided a grim picture for the weekend, but the north winds are predicted to drop down during Saturday -- and calm down for Sunday, though a big swell could be a problem. As per yesterday's blog, there will be fishing flea markets on Saturday (the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County at the American Legion in Rochelle Park) -- and Sunday with Berkeley Striper Club at Toms River North Intermediate School.