Blackfishing looks as if it will remain a best bet for some time as waters remain mild and tautog can still be found in relatively shallow waters.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported decent blackfishing today with some limits and a pool tog of about 7 pounds. Both types of crabs produced, though more keepers were caught on whiteleggers. They sail open at 7 a.m. tomorrow.
The Jamaica from Brielle switches to cod on wrecks to the east after the sea bass season closed at the end of 2019. They sail from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, 10 and 12. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is sailing open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for blackfish. See photo above. The fare is $80, and reservations can be made by calling 732 330-8019.
Though small craft warnings are up through Friday afternoon, the present windy weather should drop off to southwest at 5-10 knots by morning. However, rain is expected.
Chuck Many continues to catch trophy stripers from his Tyman at Cape Charles, Va. during the release season by slow trolling live eels. He was alone last week for an epic trip with all bass from 36 to 54 pounds.