Capt. Howard Bogan reported We had very good fishing for jumbo porgies on the Saturday offshore trip. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a nice day on the ocean Saturday with good bottom life to keep everyone working at it as two legal blackfish were hooked along with a few shorts, some cod and a jigged pollock.
2-18-17 Very nice out there today,The life on the bottom was good. So depends how you look at the day,some would say it was slow,but we caught some nice fish,not alot, but had alot of life which to me was a good day.
NOAA Fisheries issued a warning to New Jersey fishermen a few years ago warning them that they'd better learn how to fish for red drum as climate change would be sending southern species further to the north. There was no indication in the NOAA Fisheries prediction that the fisheries scientists there are aware that the Central Jersey Shore was the place to be for red drum anglers a century ago -- and that their reappearance would only be a return to the norm of a hundred years ago.