Winter Season Sunday, February 7, 2016 We got back from dry dock this week and sailed Saturday and Sunday and found slow action with Cod, Ling and Blackfish. The action the past two days was slow with catches of two to eight per man.
It was a nice mid-winter day for offshore fishing, and there were plenty of herring to be jigged when the Golden Eagle sailed out to the 17 Fathoms area. The Golden Eagle will be sailing again at 7 30 a. m. from Belmar on Sunday -- and the forecast is great once again with temperatures up to 46 degrees and 5-to-10-mph NW winds before it may get windier later in the afternoon before a NE blow on Monday.
It sure didn't look promising today with snow and wind, but the weekend weather forecast is about as good as it gets in mid-winter for ocean fishing. Small craft warnings come down tonight, and the Saturday wind forecast is for west at 5 to 10 knots.
This week's Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting of the Summer Flounder, Scup Black Sea Bass Management Board in Alexandria, Virginia produced unanimous approval of New Jersey as its own region with the option to utilize a 17-inch fluke minimum in Delaware Bay and for shore fishing at Island Beach State Park while the rest of the state maintains the same regulations as New York and Connecticut. New Jersey was forced last year into a region with those states after New York objected to having higher minimum sizes for fluke while often fishing in the same waters as New Jersey boaters.
2-2-16 Wow,,was that a nice day. fish were chewing to,Good life on the bottom and we had decent bites all day,,We slowly just picked away at some nice fish,I think Sal had the pool fish,,He a 10lb,fish,and three others in the 5-7 lb. range. others had a limit as well,,some 1,2,or 3 and some just had shorts but overall we had a good day,,Check out a few pics,,,tomorrow we are not fishing. high winds rough seas so stay home,,Thursday looks like the next nice day. .