After two brutal winters that shut surf fishing down early, we were hoping for better during a mild winter that is keeping water temperatures in the 50s. Jay Amberg reports from Sea Girt that the waters are beautiful, but there's no sign of bait or stripers in the surf.
December 22, 2015 12-22-15 On our first stop this morning, a 7 lb. 8 oz. a black fish came over the rail, we had a steady pick at the fish most of the morning, we moved around, it was a combo of keepers and shorts giving you action.
12 22 15 Except for a little rain the second half of the trip it was a nice day to be on the blackfish grounds. A couple of first timers took a while to learn the bite but several of our blackfish regulars ended up with their limits up to 7 pounds.
Fishing for jumbo sea bass along with porgies and come cod and pollock on far offshore wrecks remains the best bet for anglers -- especially since the inshore bluefish and striper run cooled off. Capt. Howard Bogan reported Sunday's fishing on his Jamaica from Brielle remained very good with many limits of sea bass up to 6 pounds plus porgies, bluefish and a 10-pound pollock.