The word at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant was that the surf temperature was down to 35 degrees. That doesn't bode well for a repeat of last January's surf action with school stripers -- but you never know unless you try it.
Concluding the 2013 review from my fishing log Though there were sand eels along the Shore last fall, there was no extended red hot boat and surf blitz such as occurred two years ago at Island Beach State Park. Surf pro John Green of Brick got into keeper bass on local beaches that day, and I joined him the next morning in a clearing northwest wind to release a 29 -incher at Seaside Park before Green moved to Lavallette.
Capt. Pete Meyers, of Run-Off Lures, provides a Friday seminar on blackfishing at 2 p. m., and John Stein is on at 4 with How to become a kayak fisherman . Capt. Mike Bartlett covers saltwater fly and light tackle fishing for stripers and blues at 5.
The Canyon Runner Seminar Series back again, with sessions on Jan. 25 at Atlantic City, and March 1 in Huntington, Long Island. Also ask Adam about the Canyon Runner fleet's winter fishery in North Carolina as most bookings have already been taken for the fastest bluefin fishing of the year.
The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show kicks off the winter sportsman's show season as it returns to the N. J. Expo Center in Raritan Center, Edison from Thursday to Sunday. I'll be doing one at noon Saturday on striper fishing from both boat and shore in Raritan Bay and along the northern Shore.
There appears to be a brief period of fishable weather, and there should be some anglers taking advantage of it Sunday. The water temperature offshore is down to 40 to 41 degrees -- which should be fine for mackerel.
It's a three night, six hour class that covers everything from start to finish involving custom rod-building. Students will learn finding the spline, installing grips and seats, guide placement, decorative wraps, final coating and everything in between.