Much of the party boat fleet will shift to sea bass when that season reopens on Columbus Day. Some of those boats are making Marathon trips for which reservations are required. Check with your favorite skipper in advance.
Capt. Ron Santee is one who won’t specialize on Monday as he’s enjoying the variety bottom fishing with the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Porgy fishing was hot right from the start today, and they added some flounders, bluefish, blowfish and their first striped bass of the season. Up to 10 ounces of sinker were needed in the strong current.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc gets started with striped bass on Sunday with his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported very good bluefishing on its Friday night trip. They’re taking reservation for a Monday Sea Bass Marathon at 6 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations on the $78 trip.
At Belmar, the Ocean Explorer reported excellent porgy fishing, while those fishing for tog could catch the one allowed.
The Golden Eagle reported bluefish jigging was slower than it had been all week, but those who worked hard caught some. They will be on a tuna trip Monday and Tuesday before doing some maintenance Wednesday and Thursday.
Miss Belmar Princess fished inshore of the Mud Hole as jigging started slowly before picking up during the day. Most blues were 2-4-pounds, with a few 6-7-pounders mixed in.
The surf was very rough Friday evening due to the big swell from an offshore storm, but settled just enough for a shot at surf stripers in the morning. I released three at Spring Lake, two of which hit the Chug Bug with a jolt at the very last moment in the wash. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said some of the regulars also picked short bass at Manasquan. Blackfishing has been very good in Point Pleasant Canal.