With a forecast of NW winds of 20 knots with gusts to 30, a good alternative may be fishing for the large winter flounder that Bob Matthews of Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina says are on a hot bite. Catching a limit is routine, and he’s weighed them up to 3 pounds. Both worms and clams have been working, and up to 20 flounder have been released in addition to the limits.
The Big Mohawk from that port had a very good day with limits of sea bass plus big porgies and winter flounder. However, they’ll concentrate on blackfish closer to shore tomorrow in order to fish in comfort.
The Golden Eagle fished several areas and saw bluefish on top, but they were reluctant to hit. Some porgies and sea bass were added to the catch.
West winds are comfortable for surfcasters along the Jersey Shore, but too much of a good thing has not been good for striper action. I had two short hits on a Chug Bug from small fish at Manasquan this morning before moving to Point Pleasant Canal to break the ice with a 21-inch striper on a Z Man 6-inch Swimmereez. Another angler released a 22-incher on a clam during the short time I was there. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant says there have been quite a few bass being caught throughout the canal, and blackfishing has been very good with a 17-incher caught today. Melillo finally has clams back in stock– both salted and fresh.
Cap/t. Rob Semkewyc only had a few striped bass customers on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but took advantage of the weather and put them into large stripers when the drift was right. Unfortunately, tomorrow’s forecast is not good for the area he’s fishing and the boat won’t sail — but will be back at it on Thursday.