The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) holds their 1th annual Fundraising Banquet Auction from 7 to 11 p. m. Friday at Doolan's Shore Club in Spring Lake, Cocktails are followed by a hot and cold buffet before the 20,000 Fishing Tackle Bonanza Auction. With wind and cold in the forecast, there probably won't be much fishing on Tuesday, but there might be a window of opportunity Wednesday morning in between strong north winds and the switch to a gusty southeast that afternoon.
First Trip -- April 2 -- 4 Bass to 34 Sunday, 03 April 2016 13 59 Written by Capt. Derek Headed out this morning on our first trip of the season. cmp shareicontextlink hover background url( static. ak. facebook. com images share facebook share icon. gif 6 26981) no-repeat 1px 1px ECEEF5 !
Grumpy's also noted some shorts had been caught in the surf on buckrails, but that clams were required on Saturday. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, reports the blackfish boats also had some impressive winter flounder on Saturday.
Well we had to search a lot of ocean today to locate the MACKEREL. But by late morning we found them and we had 3 decent drifts where we banged away at the MACKEREL with some Herring mixed in, it was doubles, triples some quads coming over the rail consistently.
The 31-pounder was caught on bunker chunks cast from Union Beach. Though stripers exploded on cast and trolled lures this week for boaters, that was also the first report I've received of a striper hitting bunker despite the fact that bunkers have been abundant in Raritan Bay for a couple of weeks.