Just when it appeared we were going to have a winter mackerel run, those fish did a disappearing act. The Brooklyn VI from Sheepshead Bay had a good weekend, but there was nothing the last two days in the area where they had been located. The Brooklyn VI ran as far as 40 miles searching for them, but found nothing. Calls to commercial boats revealed that they also couldn’t find them. The water got colder, and fishing will be discontinued until further notice.
Ironically, the Big Jamaica from Brielle had just scheduled mackerel trips for Sunday, Monday and the following Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. That boat had limit catches of big porgies on offshore wrecks last Saturday, and will repeat that trip which sails Friday night at 1 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
The marine forecast is for a mere 5 knot south wind in the morning, but with likely rain. Saturday morning may be fishable in 10-15 knot northeast winds and snow holding off until the afternoon.