In regards to seabass and fluke, we still have no idea what the SEASONS will be but the length of the fluke season will be similar to last year with PROBABLY the same regulations (18 5 fish). For next fall, I'm 99. 9 sure we will be carrying BONUS tags for those overpopulated nuisance slot sized fish in the 24-27. 9999 range ) We will be in the same slip at Clark's, however the docks will have a new, refreshed look as we are getting BRAND NEW docks out on the west dock.
Sunday was another beautiful day for ocean fishing, but there was no change in the mackerel situation as the Golden Eagle from Belmar jigged loads of herring with only scattered mackerel among them. The Big Mohawk from Belmar fished offshore for blackfish on Saturday.
Winter Season Sunday, February 7, 2016 We got back from dry dock this week and sailed Saturday and Sunday and found slow action with Cod, Ling and Blackfish. The action the past two days was slow with catches of two to eight per man.
It was a nice mid-winter day for offshore fishing, and there were plenty of herring to be jigged when the Golden Eagle sailed out to the 17 Fathoms area. The Golden Eagle will be sailing again at 7 30 a. m. from Belmar on Sunday -- and the forecast is great once again with temperatures up to 46 degrees and 5-to-10-mph NW winds before it may get windier later in the afternoon before a NE blow on Monday.
It sure didn't look promising today with snow and wind, but the weekend weather forecast is about as good as it gets in mid-winter for ocean fishing. Small craft warnings come down tonight, and the Saturday wind forecast is for west at 5 to 10 knots.
This week's Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting of the Summer Flounder, Scup Black Sea Bass Management Board in Alexandria, Virginia produced unanimous approval of New Jersey as its own region with the option to utilize a 17-inch fluke minimum in Delaware Bay and for shore fishing at Island Beach State Park while the rest of the state maintains the same regulations as New York and Connecticut. New Jersey was forced last year into a region with those states after New York objected to having higher minimum sizes for fluke while often fishing in the same waters as New Jersey boaters.