As noted in last night's blog, Tuesday will be the last trip of the season for the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands. They left plenty of stripers before Christmas, so the jigging should be productive after they sail at 7:30 a.m. The blackfish boats should also be taking advantage of a good forecast before very cold temperatures move in.
Though today felt more like April than February, waters remain cold, especially on bottom due to all the snow and ice melt into rivers. At least the bottom is once again lively with bergall bites, and there have also been a few ling and short blackfish.
Normally, a NE wind is the worst thing for anglers -- but bottom fishing is so poor now that the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is looking forward to it tomorrow as it may shake up the present dead fishery. Only a few short blackfish were caught during Saturday's quest for big tog in deeper waters, and most areas were completely dead in Sunday's rain.
The Big Mohawk didn't fish today, but they are looking to Tuesday if the snow possibility is minor. The Golden Eagle was going to seek mackerel today, but only reported they won't be doing so Monday -- and won't until mackerel show up.
Nothing great though but we felt out the ground and have a good idea where to try tomorrow! We did catch a FEW nice size Blackfish. If you do come with us tomorrow please stop by the local tackle stores if you would like White Crabs.