Posted on September 30, 2020 Most billfish must be released in U. S. Atlantic waters The small quota of billfish allowed to be landed by recreational fishermen in Atlantic Ocean waters has been filled, and all blue marlin, white marlin and roundscale marlin must be released for the rest of the year. The Gulf of Mexico and U. S. portion of the Caribbean Sea are included.
Posted on September 29, 2020 Offshore fishing still hot most days Even with hundreds of boats often in the Triple Wrecks area, the yellowfin tuna fishery has been holding up, though there are a few days when those fish turn off. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported a very good yellowfin trip on Monday with many limits up to 80 pounds and no one shut out while twice as many tuna were lost.
Unfortunately, little tunny are the poorest eating of the tunas, and most of the 6-10-pound average fish are released. The Golden Eagle had a 14-pounder among the smaller blues yesterday, and also lost what they though was a bluefin tuna, They were on a tuna trip today.
Posted on September 27, 2020 Surfcasting conditions improve Though I didn t see anything caught this morning in the Sea Girt surf, the conditions for doing so are much improved with high waters at dawn and dusk plus a moderately rough surf that s normally best for stripers. Frank Huza of Aberdeen said he s been fishing every Thursday on the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant as that boat concentrates on bonito and little tunny.
At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported this week s exotics trip produced some yellowfin tuna with many others lost, but fishing wasn t up to par due to incredible boat traffic for a weekday. Bob Matthews at Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina reports there are lots of porgies in Shark River, but most are undersized.
NOAA announced that General category bluefin tuna fishing will be closed from Sept. 27-30 before reopening on Oct. 1. He tried all kinds of lures and had no hits as there also wasn t any bait in the surf.
Posted on September 24, 2020 Hot porgy bite Capt. Ron Santee Jr. got out today for his first bottom fishing trip with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands and reported a one drop bite of porgies as everyone loaded up. A real last minute opportunity is a Hudson Canyon trip at 7 a. m. on the Mimi VI from Pt.