04 30 16 Yesterday's easterly blow and a VERY LARGE left over swell put a big hit on the tog bite today. Art Garrett, Red Bank, NJ, had the big fish and took the last pool of the spring blackfish season.
Big bluefish were hitting in Manasquan Inlet early this morning, and the large group charter boat Miss Michelle III from Point Pleasant stayed right there rather than testing uncertain prospects in a rough ocean. I released four in the 30-inch class on a large Redfin and a Gag's Bluefish Bomb before heading to Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant where Joe Melillo reported that blues were also being caught in the river and canal.
Apr 30 2016 April 30th May 1st Update Hey everyone tonights 4pm trip is canceled and weather doesn't look good for tomorrow either so we will wait til later in the week to go out again. Beginning of this week coming up I'll put up the schedule for May.
Tough fishing today, I don't know why we had plenty of fish readings and bait but they just didn't want to bite. We covered a lot of ocean today, trying inshore, offshore, north, south, etc but it was the same everywhere.
04 29 16 Tomorrow will be the last day to keep blackfish this spring before the season closes!!Sunday we resume sailing at 7 00 AM daily for striped bass until the opening day of the fluke season on Saturday, May 21!
Arrived at 2 pm for the outgoing tide, light SE wind and immediately got Into some action with big blues on a red head white body Polaris popper in the bowl area along north beach. I got up near False Rip by 3 pm to find the northern end of North Beach stacked with big blues that provided non-stop action from when I arrived up there at 3 pm until the tide went slack at 6 30 pm when the wild action finally petered out.