It’s looking good for Wednesday’s sea bass season opener in New Jersey. Moderate northwest winds should knock down the swell, and gusts to 20 knots from that direction shouldn’t be a problem on near-shore wrecks and reefs. As noted in last night’s blog, the limit is 10 sea bass at a 12 1/2-inch minimum. Some boats will be running limited trips which require reservations — so be sure to check with your favorite boat before coming down.

The Point Pleasant Canal bluefish bite wasn’t up to yesterday’s, but I still managed five that were all large — three over 10 pounds and two six-pounders. One of the latter engulfed the 3-ounce bucktail tipped with a Z-Man paddletail — and then gulped it down as I was trying to get it out. I also added a 22-inch striper before the bite died out.

Castaway’s Tackle in Point Pleasant is stocked up with clams and squid for the sea bass,

Despite much better weather, it appears that most party boats didn’t get out. The Golden Eagle from Belmar will be sailing at 7:30 for a mixture of stripers, blues and sea bass. .


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