With good weather forecasted for Thursday, the 100-foot Paramount is running an “overflow” trip tonight to the far offshore wrecks for jumbo sea bass as the Big Jamaica is fully booked. The Paramount will leave Brielle at 9 p.m. This trip is limited to 25 anglers at a fare of $195. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The return is at about 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Mimi VI at Point Pleasant will be sailing open for blackfish at 7 a.m. Saturday through Tuesday — as well as Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of next week. The fare is $75, and reservations can be made by calling 732 370-8019.
The surf was calm this morning, but Jerry Lasko said he only caught one striper at Island Beach State Park. He had picked at bass there during the morning on Christmas by casting to the loons as they chased sand eels. Those birds rarely make a mistake, but a loon did hit Lasko’s Tsunami 6-inch Sand Eel before shaking the lure out. Lasko shot this photo of Maren Toleno with the bluefin tuna that washed up at IBSP recently. It definitely didn’t hit the Tsunami Sand Eel in its mouth.
Carl Grano tried Bay Head this morning with a swim shad and teaser, but had no hits. Vinny D’Anton only heard of one bass caught by Tommy Cox at Belmar this morning. The forecast is for north 5-10 knots in the morning before shifting to east in the afternoon. That’s the start of bad weather, with southeast winds gusting to 25 after midnight tomorrow — before 20-25 south on Friday along with rain.