The weather is exceptional for mid-winter, but the blackfish bite has been slow. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar fished on Saturday and had a few keeper tog along with lots of congers and some dogfish. There was plenty of life on bottom as bergalls were hitting, and the water temperature was mild for January at 41 degrees. It got rough that afternoon, which may have affected the results.
The weather forecast is so good for Monday that boats may find it hard to anchor without swinging in the swell. Winds are predicted to be only 5 mph, and that continues much of the week except for Tuesday afternoon.
Enjoy the game!