On Saturday there were 30 keepers up to 8 pounds out of 200 cod. Though I don't know where Capt. Al was fishing, those were just day trips from a port not very far from the Shore -- and that volume of small cod is very encouraging at a time of year when skippers are usually just hoping for a few big ones.
We've had some tough weather over the last week for fishing. Coming next month, we will be hosting our second annual South Jersey Fishing Seminar circuit and kicking it off at Island Marine Center in Ocean View.
It should be a lot warmer tomorrow, but with lots of rain in the forecast it should be a good day to watch football games. There were no reports today, which gives you a good idea about what's going on at this time.
The winter mackerel run was all we've had left, as the much bigger spring run up the coast has been such a failure for many years that skippers don't even look for them any more. When I questioned NOAA Fisheries about this last year they admitted their management plans indicating a healthy fishery were based on old data -- and noted that even the big commercial vessels with huge ranges hadn't been able to find mackerel.