Posted on December 12, 2021 Offshore sea bass close to a sure thing If the boats can get out to the far offshore wrecks, big catches of giant sea bass and porgies appear to be a sure thing. The Golden Eagle from Belmar made one of their trips by reservation this week and had a boat limit of sea bass while switching to catch and release by 8 a. m. Anglers also had all the porgies they wanted plus a few blues, a pollock and weakfish and a couple of barrelfish a species usually only caught while tilefishing.
Weather permitting, Santee will run his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands through Wednesday. The Sunday forecast is for northwest winds at 20-25 knots before going to west in the afternoon and diminishing to 15-20 knots.
The Blackfish has been very good with many limit catches, some really nice fish are being brought in,5 pounds is normal . The flounder bite is holding up and many anglers are fishing for Sundials, they are plentiful and no limit, plus good eating.
That boat still has some offshore sea bass trips by reservation on its schedule. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands will try to sail through Sunday, though Tuesday s striper fishing after the south gale was poor.
Posted on December 7, 2021 Stripers may outlast party boats Striped bass fishing is showing no signs of coming to an end, but party boat anglers may be having a hard time finding a boat to fish for them soon. The Golden Eagle from Belmar is making its last two 6 30 a. m. striper trips Wednesday and Thursday and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands may finish up on Sunday.
Posted on December 6, 2021 South winds at 15-20 knpts warning up for Monday afternoon Small craft warnings go up at midnight, and advance to a gale watch in the afternoon. South winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 30 increase to 25-30 with gusts to 40 in the afternoon.
While there are many ways to cook up tautog, a fish chowder is one of the best ways to warm up after a long day out on the water in the cold air. For this fish soup, you will need 1 lb blackfish, cut into 1 inch pieces 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced cup yellow onion 1 cup red potatoes, diced 3 cups fish broth 1 13 ounce can evaporated milk 3 tbsp butter cup flour 2 cups whole milk Salt and pepper to taste You can make the fish stock yourself from the bones and fins of your catch.
Posted on December 5, 2021 Raritan Bay loaded with stripers Many boats are already out of the water, but it s not for a lack of stripers. Dave Lilly borrowed a boat this morning and took his son Jeremy and a friend to the back of the bay where they found unlimited numbers of keeper bass by trolling ho-jos, The water was down to 45 degrees and there were few boats on a calm Saturday, though bass were on top all morning.