It was a beautiful day for fishing, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar ended up jigging only a few mackerel along with some herring. There's some question now as to whether there will be any winter mackerel run.
There is no mackerel report today as Capt. Jimmy Elliott started out with the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but experienced a steering problem right away and had to get back in the slip. It was fixed, but not in time to make the trip.
Noted anglers including Oliver White and Eric and Moe Newman will be in the booth at times throughout the weekend, while Ian Devlin and Mark Sedotti, noted East Coast anglers who worked closely with Steve Rajeff in designing the PRO4x ShortStix, will be in booth on Saturday. Steve Rajeff will be giving his Better Loops for Accuracy and Distance' casting demos on Friday at 2 45pm, and again on Sunday at 10 15am.
Mother Nature has to be on top of President Obama's flat-earther list as her sea creatures have failed to cooperate with NOAA's climate change prediction that anglers will have to learn new techniques for more southerly species such as red drum taking over in warming waters. Heilner also quoted the famed angler Phillip Mayer as saying surfcasters fishing for weakfish and kingfish at such spots as Corson's and Barnegat inlets regarded them as pests that ran off with their rigs since almost all were over 25 pounds from 1893 to 1902 when striped bass were also plentiful.
Only 10 tickets at $125 are left, and there will be no availability at the door. Fishing should revive the week, and Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has scheduled open bottom fishing departures at 7 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
With the snowstorm out of the way, fishing should resume this week as seas decline and temperatures moderate. Not only should boats be able to get out for bottom fishing and mackerel, but shore anglers interested in herring should be able to catch them on Sabicki rigs at the inlets.
Following is a press release from Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Pallone Calls for Less Restrictive Policies for Summer Flounder and Sea Bass Files Formal Comment Regarding Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Draft Proposal LONG BRANCH, NJ Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, regarding the Commission's Draft Addendum XXVII to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. In the letter, Pallone called for fair and less restrictive policies relating to two important fisheries in New Jersey summer flounder and sea bass.
Last Friday's column noted how striped bass anglers were once again bailed out by the Hudson River spawning stock which produced consistent fishing in that river plus Raritan Bay while the coastal migratory was slow again in the spring before providing some shots of hot action off Ocean County in the fall prior to a decent showing of school stripers that worked out well for the party boat fleet due to the change to a slot bass in the bonus bass program. Surfcasters did well with those blues in that area at times, but I never saw any repeat of the spring bluefish blitz of the year before in the Bay Head to Point Pleasant area.