There were a lot more herring than mackerel today when Capt. Jimmy Elliott made his first mackerel trip with the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but it was a start -- and there were more mackerel caught than during the last two terrible winters. With gale warning up for northwest winds that could hit 40 mph Monday morning, and more to come along with very cold temperatures, the Golden Eagle won't be sailing until Thursday -- when the forecast is for modest winds and seas.
There was also exciting news from the southern end of the state as Capt. Al Crudele III of Bayhound Charters (609 602-2662) at Sea Isle City got into large stripers just south of his inlet. They had intended to fish for blackfish, but had to stay out of federal waters after catching stripers, and found mostly short tog in shallow waters impacted by a big swell.