The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is out of the shipyard and ready to fish again. They will be heading out at 7:30 Wednesday to search for cod on a daily basis when weather permits. There has been some good spring inshore codfishing in the past, and we’ll never know if they are there unless someone makes the effort.
The weather looks good, as a northwest wind of only 5-10 knots is forecast for the morning, followed by a shift to southwest in the afternoon — with one-foot seas.
Capt. Howard Bogan was surprised at the lack of porgies as they usually hold on those deepwater wrecks into April. He hopes to find them again when the Jamaica makes 1 a.m. trips on Saturday and Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Instead of the expected porgies, the Jamaica got unexpected variety.
Capt. Chris Di Stefano got word of good daytime swordfishing from Frank Criscola who has his Crisdel in Islamorada, Fl. for the winter. The largest sword so far was a 410-pounder, and a bigeye thresher shark estimated at 350 pounds was released. The latter is a very deepwater species which is protected. Criscola said sailfishing has been poor there so far.
Jim Louro continued to catch backwaters stripers this morning, and one of the 20 hooked was of legal size..
Vinny D’Anton continues to pick away at Spotted sea trout and ladyfish near his winter home in Sarasota, Fl, — and also got into a few Spanish mackerel while wading. The light tackle action has been off due to the big fish kijjs fron last fall’s red tide.