The pre-dawn rain seems to have kept most anglers at home. However, there was very good bluefishing jigging offshore on Thursday — and that fishing should continue on both day and night trips.
The Atlantic Highlands fleet has been catching lots of porgies along with some triggerfish and blackfish (for which the limit is one at 15 inches in N.J.) while the sea bass have to be released at this time in Garden State waters, The Ocean Explorer from Belmar will also join in that fishery, while Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands is concentrating on catch-and-release blackfishing until the season opens,
Though rain didn’t turn out to be a problem after dawn, the surf was rough today. From what I raised to my popper this morning at Manasquan I would also say it was fishless except that Vinny D’Anton managed to catch four stripers up to 24 inches on his Chug Bug. I also tried metal with no hits,
Jim Hutchinson Sr, reports for the BHCFA as follows:
“Fall officially arrived this week, and recent cooler temperatures have the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association starting to think about the arrival of the area’s greatest inshore sport fish, the striped bass.
Just like “snowbirds” heading down to Florida when winter arrives, the striped bass on their way south for the winter stop by local waters looking for food. When they find abundant food, they have been known to remain for quite some time. Right now with a good supply of mullet and bunker, they will be sure to stop in to fill their bellies.
To commemorate the presence of striped bass in the fall, there are several local striped bass tournaments, most for boats only. To mention a few-the Sea Shell Club, the Maximilian Foundation, the Stafford Township PBA, and the Red Men Lodge in Tuckerton all have e vents set for this fall. Most of these are for charitable causes and come with cash prizes, calcuttas, and various parties replete with good food.
Fishermen do not have to own a boat or be an expert to be competitive in one or more of these tournaments. Some of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are available to take anglers out to compete in these events. A good boat and expert captain can make a difference in coming home with fish or empty handed.
To see how fishing with one of these experts might be accomplished, go the association’s website at http://www.BHCFA.net and get in touch with one or more of the captains to see what can be worked out.”