Normally, a NE wind is the worst thing for anglers -- but bottom fishing is so poor now that the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is looking forward to it tomorrow as it may shake up the present dead fishery. Only a few short blackfish were caught during Saturday's quest for big tog in deeper waters, and most areas were completely dead in Sunday's rain.
In 1989 Al won his first of 13 awards from AFTCO's Tag a Tuna for Tomorrow Program (for bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye), and in 2011 was one of five selected from the U. S. to receive Sport Fishing magazine's Making a Difference Award. Al is always willing to share his knowledge, including details of where, when and how, and has done so in hundreds of articles and five books The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, To Catch A Tuna, Game Fish Tag Release, Over-Winter Striper Secrets and Island Stripers.
Vinny D'Anton of Wall has been getting some daylight action with small blues near his winter home in Sarasota, but after 45 minutes they turn off completely on his Chug Bug. Other anglers fishing from shore there also couldn't catch anything after that early bite before D'Anton went back to his car for a plug that often works in N. J. after the surface action dies out.