Joe Massa took advantage of today’s weather to run down the beach with his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina to some of his favorite blackfish drops that produced enough keepers up to 21 inches among lots of shorts on whitelegger crabs before coming across working birds on the way back. His crew then had light tackle sport releasing 20-24-inch stripers on jigs.

The Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands had lots of tog action Friday, and added their first cod of the year.

Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that party boats there continue to do very well with blackfish, while surfcasters are catching small bass.

Good weather continues tomorrow with northeast winds at 5-10 knots before shifting to east in the afternoon. On the other hand, a gale watch will be going up for Monday morning through late that night.


  1. The small bass continue to act around there’s nothing to chase them away yet. Even though the waters have chill down there is enough bait to hold them.. most of the bay consist of small to medium-sized sand eels.. a continuation of really fine black fishing in waters of about 70 to 90 feet is going on. Shallower waters are producing many small black fish the trick is to wait the bigger fish bite out. There are a few links starting to filter in. And if you caught starting to show up in the deeper waters but if you just want a fun day I don’t want to travel too far and run down the beach and look for Birds working and you’ll be able to jig some small bass sure they have to be returned unfortunately when we used to have the 18 inch limit that was a fine dinner.


  2. As my post was interrupted by some background noise some of the words did not come out correct most of the bait consisted of sand eels. And where it reads link it should have said Ling. And a few Spike Whiting record but they obviously were not recorded on the message above


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