While there isn't much good news about the fishing, that could change with ideal mid-winter conditions the next two days featuring mild temperatures and light winds. However, bottom fishing was very slow with just a pick of tog, ling and eels.
1-20-18 Made our way offshore in decent conditions today,got a little lumpy out there but not to bad,the winds started dropping out this afternoon and went west so we are shaping up for a really nice day Sunday with light westerly winds. Tough day all around.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar didn't get out for blackfish today, and won't fish tomorrow, but is set for 7 a. m. Sunday. The Big Jamaica from Brielle has a limited trip on Saturday going to far offshore wrecks for cod, pollock and jumbo porgies.
Seemed like the bow had the best action today for some reason,up there Milky and Joe seemed to have blackfish chewing on most of the drops and in the end they both had 2-3 keepers and numerous shorts including Joe Joe's pool winning Piggy that went about 13-14lbs. Had 1 or 2 keepers in the back but it seemed those two guys in the bow had the best shot at em.
NOAA Fisheries has issued voluntary restrictions for both commercial and recreational fishermen to adopt this year in order to reduce pressure on mako sharks which ICCAT has determined are being overfished. NOAA Fisheries requests that Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit holders and tournaments voluntarily adopt the internationally recommended shortfin mako shark measures to decrease fishing mortality pending an upcoming emergency rulemaking.