The Jamaica from Brielle is winding up its offshore wreck trips for jumbo sea bass before the season closes at the end of the month — with the last such trip departing at 11 tonight. Call 732 528-5014 to determine if any reservations are available.

Though a gale watch is in effect until 10 p.m., it will be dropping out later tonight — and the morning forecast is for west at 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 that will start knocking down the swell. Actually, the start of the NE this morning turned on the surf stripers after three days of poor fishing. Jerry Lasko reported that Maren Toleno released 33 bass and he had 13.

There was something very special about the weekend sea bass trip as Joe Welsh of Hopatcong not only caught his expected sea bass limit, but also added a mako shark estimated at over 475 pounds. Several lines had been cut off before Welsh reeled in a small dogfish that the mako came up for. It should have been a simple matter for the mako to strip even heavy sea bas tackle in seconds, but it hung around the boat and failed to cut the leader. As a result, it was hit with every gaff on the boat — most of which were broken or straightened out as the “green” mako went wild.

mako on Jamaica


  1. Hi Al,

    I’ve been an avid fisherman for most of my life and years ago enjoyed a memorable and successful striped bass charter with you on the Shrewsbury Rocks. My question to you is, how do you feel about the harvesting of sharks? Setting aside the economic side of the practice, do you believe it’s something that should be curtailed? Are the short/long fin Mako (or any other shark specie) stocks OK in you opinion? I understand why this particular fishery exists but science has shown us that disrupting the food chain by removing the top predators will have negative trickle down effects. I’m not a liberal in anyway but I am concerned about the health of our oceans. I’m not condemning anyone. Any insight from you would be appreciated.

    Hope 2020 is a good year for you and your family,

    Eric Cope


    1. Good to hear from you again. The regs are so tough on makos now that the very few that can be kept won’t make any difference. The commercial fishery should be shut down first. I’ll have more about this in my blog.


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