The northwest wind is honking as this is written, but small craft warnings come down at 2 a.m. — and fishing conditions should be fine for the weekend with a light NW by Sunday before shifting to SW.
Today was pretty much a blowout, with most skippers cancelling in advance. However, every party boat should be sailing over the weekend. The bluefish on the Jamaica should be repeated tomorrow when they sail from Brielle at 7:30 a.m.
As noted in yesterday’s blog, the surf was bound to be dirty due to Thursday’s south winds. I didn’t even attempt to fish it, but went right to Point Pleasant Canal for the slack with sandworms left over from the Wednesday evening trip with Chuck Many. Five tog up to 13 1/2 inches jumped on them before the incoming tide speeded up. Four more were released on the afternoon slack. Some light tackle fun with a single split shot when conditions elsewhere aren’t good.
The surf at Bay Head looked pretty much unfishable in the morning, but better by afternoon as the NW wind knocked down the swell. The weekend should be fine for surfcasting with the wind at our backs.
Jerry Lasko said the Seaside surf was loaded with very small blues and some hickory shad in the evenings until the south wind ruined it yesterday. He’s been doing well with tog in the canal — and even caught a pinfish there. Maren Toleno caught a juvenile jack crevalle and some lizardfish while snapper fishing near the canal boat ramp.
Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has some openings on a charter tomorrow for sea bass and porgies. The fare is $75 for the 7 a.m. trip. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations.
NOAA closed the General category bluefin tuna on Oct. 5, but is reopening it for two days on October 15 and 16 for one large medium or giant bluefin per day. That fishery then reopens again on Dec. 1 for one fish.