Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that party boat blackfishing is holding up. He weighed a 10 1/4-pounder caught on the Ocean Explorer today. The tog limit is now four at a 15-inch minimum.

Matthews also noted that surfcasters are still caching 12-20 small school stripers many days while casting shads and 4-or-5-inch Mag Darters. He recommends crushing barbs on plugs in order to ensure safe releases. The northern Den has been closed in favor of building up the main store.

Unfortunately, there’s a gale warning up from midnight through Sunday afternoon. A northwest wind at 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 is forecast for the morning.  The Big Mohawk from Belmar has canceled their blackfish trip.


  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Al! Don’t blow up my spot, but schoolie stripers all day every day on blades, swimbaits and jerkbaits in the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. Tons of fun for kids. Mike from Hoffman’s wrapped up my salt boat already but I still enjoy the winter bite up north. My friend Tommy and I fished Friday with his new heart. All the best brother…


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