The Barrier Island Beach Brawl shore fishing tournament has issued a last call for 9 p.m. to sign up for the weekend contest. Visit saltwaterunderground.com/shop. Nick Honachefsky has gathered up so many prizes that entrants may exceed their $40 entry in door prizes without even catching a fish.
This is a most unusual blowout week, but it may improve just in time for the contest. The northeast winds may diminish by Saturday, and Sunday looks good with northwest clearing winds.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar had already cancelled the special limited sea bass trips through today, and has added those scheduled for Thursday and Friday — while holding off a decision on Saturday. Thursday’s forecast is for north winds at 25-30 knots with gusts to 45 plus likely rain.
The Jamaica from Brielle got in one of their limited bonito and little tunny trips on Monday, and here was action from start to finish on both jigs and bait. It was about 50-50 between the two species plus a few blues and several Spanish and king mackerel. Alan Deutsch of Hamilton took the pool with a 12-pound little tunny. They’ll be scheduling more of these trips, but the weather this week is too bad for even the Big Jamaica.
I gave it a very short try in Shark River this morning, but the river was exceptionally high and I only made a few casts with a jig before retreating.