Blackfishing is a matter of being at the right spot at the right time — and that’s where Nick Honachefsky was today. He fished aboard a 34-foot Regulator with Christian Driscoll, Christian Palmisano and Justin as they limited on tog by 9:30. They kept 3-5-pounders and released a couple of 8-pounders plus 10.6 and 12.6-pounders to spawn again.
At Belmar, the Ocean Explorer reported blackfishing was off today as they just weren’t committing to the baits. The Golden Eagle has ended their striper season due to low turnouts created by the cold. They will start up again if the mackerel run starts.
The Big Jamaica is sailing from Brielle to the offshore sea bass wrecks at 11 p.m. Call 732 528-5014 to check for openings.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands didn’t have enough customers to sail for stripers today, but will be ready to go tomorrow with a forecast of NE 5-10 knots shifting to SW in the afternoon.
Surf striper fishing remains tough, but Bob Correll of Bay Head caught two shorts in his local surf this morning. Jerry Lasko said there was only a minor bite early in IBSP as Maren Toleno caught five though he only missed a few hits. Vinny D’Anton said that Jim Louro managed three bass in Belmar.