2-24-18 Nice day again out there,tried shallow but had a ripping north current so it was not good in there besides a few perch bites,headed deeper and had a few short codfish,a ling and thats about it. let you know the next nice day.
Those forage fish have been showing up early in Raritan Bay for several years, but stripers have always been weeks behind them. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a nice day on the ocean today, but an attempt to fish for tautog in shallower waters was offset by a roaring north current though they did get bergall bites on bottom.
It doesn't look like a great weekend for fishing, but according to the last forecast I heard there could be a window of opportunity on the ocean Saturday morning. A better bet is the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar which will be held Saturday from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. at Linwood Country Club near Atlantic City.
com shore blogs fishing) Sea Bass On 2 8 18 the ASMFC's Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board approved Addendum XXX which establishes a regional allocation of the coastwide Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL) as opposed to Coastwide Measures. JCAA supported that option as well because New Jersey is a transitional state in which its sea bass fishery doesn't really fit in with the states to its north or to its south.
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.