Though the Maine Weather Forecast increased Saturday’s wind a bit, it’s still at a modest 10-15 knots from the west before dropping to 5-10 in the afternoon. Today’s west winds up to 25 knots should reduce the big swell that was on the ocean yesterday as a result of the south storm.
That should set up a good day for the Jamaica from Brielle to fish the far offshore wrecks for large porgies. It will be cold at the dock, but should be comfortable offshore as water temperatures are higher out there, The Saturday trip leaves at 1 a.m. tonight, and reservations are required. Call 732 528-5014.
At Belmar, the Ocean Explorer will resume blackfishing that was good before the storm — and the Big Mohawk will be doing likewise at 7 a.m.
The N.Y Boat Show runs at the Convention Center through Sunday as does the Fly Fishing Show at the N.J. Convention Center in Edison. Admission to the Fly Show is $18 except for youngsters 6-12 who pay $5. Scouts in uniform and military with I.D. pay $10. Capt Jim Freda of Shore Catch Charters provides a seminar on N.J. Stripers on the Fly at 4:45 today and 1:30 Saturday. His partner, Capt. Gene Quigley, does the same at 12:15 Sunday.
The New Jersey Beach Buggy Association holds its Fishing Flea Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toms River H.S. South.
Grace Correll of Bay Head almost caught a sailfish this week while fishing with my nephew Todd Correll on his Viking 70 out of Fort Lauderdale. A doubleheader was hooked up, but the lines tangled and both broke off. One of Todd’s friends released a sail, and they also had some other shots while kite fishing. Grace got her start in offshore game fishing when she caught her first yellowfin tuna while on a vacation trip to Costa Rica last year after graduating from Lehigh University where she excelled in soccer.
Capt. Charlie Fornabio reports his season has gotten off to a good start in the Sebastian, Florida area with a run of pompano and sea trout. That light tackle action in protected waters allows him to fish even during most windy days, though he did postpone a trip last week due to “unbearable” 50 degree temperatures. Charlie grew up in the Belmar area, and returns briefly every spring and fall to surf cast for stripers. Unfortunately, this fall only produced small bass as he never caught one over 25 inches. He’s looking forward to the Feb. 1 opening of the snook season in Florida. Contact him at 772 360-7647.
Though Bud’N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada was almost wiped out by the hurricane two years ago, Richard Stanczyk says it was rebuilt bigger and better. Richard pioneered daytime swordfishing in the Florida Keys, and his son Nick has become the hottest skipper in the area for that sport. His other son, Rick, is a famed flats and tarpon guide who’s been enjoying better flats fishing this winter since the red tide problem further up in the Gulf of Mexico seems to have driven more snook, redfish, sea trout and black drum to them. Call the marina at 800 742-7945.