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.