In 1989 Al won his first of 13 awards from AFTCO's Tag a Tuna for Tomorrow Program (for bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye), and in 2011 was one of five selected from the U. S. to receive Sport Fishing magazine's Making a Difference Award. Al is always willing to share his knowledge, including details of where, when and how, and has done so in hundreds of articles and five books The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, To Catch A Tuna, Game Fish Tag Release, Over-Winter Striper Secrets and Island Stripers.
Vinny D'Anton of Wall has been getting some daylight action with small blues near his winter home in Sarasota, but after 45 minutes they turn off completely on his Chug Bug. Other anglers fishing from shore there also couldn't catch anything after that early bite before D'Anton went back to his car for a plug that often works in N. J. after the surface action dies out.
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will hold their 34th International Fundraiser at 6 p. m. Saturday in the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel Marina at Fort Lauderdale, but you don't have to be there in order to participate in the auction of valuable prizes and trips. igfa.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle finally got a break from the weather on Saturday and got offshore for catches of 40 jumbo porgies a man plus some ling. Adam La Rosa only has 15 tickets left to Saturday's Canyon Runner Seminar in Atlantic City.
While there isn't much good news about the fishing, that could change with ideal mid-winter conditions the next two days featuring mild temperatures and light winds. However, bottom fishing was very slow with just a pick of tog, ling and eels.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar didn't get out for blackfish today, and won't fish tomorrow, but is set for 7 a. m. Sunday. The Big Jamaica from Brielle has a limited trip on Saturday going to far offshore wrecks for cod, pollock and jumbo porgies.
NOAA Fisheries has issued voluntary restrictions for both commercial and recreational fishermen to adopt this year in order to reduce pressure on mako sharks which ICCAT has determined are being overfished. NOAA Fisheries requests that Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit holders and tournaments voluntarily adopt the internationally recommended shortfin mako shark measures to decrease fishing mortality pending an upcoming emergency rulemaking.
Fortunately, the snowstorm didn't amount to anything along the Shore, and the forecast for later in the week looks good for fishing. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is sailing open for bottom fishing this week.