With some warm weather in the forecast, this may be a good time to try for winter flounder at the docks in Belmar Marina.
Bob Mathews reports from Fisherman’s Den that some good-sized flatties are being caught every day. Warm, cunny days are usually best for the flounder bite, and that’s what’s coming up. There haven’t been any large catches, but you can only keep two at a 12-inch minimum in any case.
The marine forecast is for southwest gusts to 25 knots this evening, but only 10-15 with gusts to 20 knots by the morning. The Ocean Explorer expects to sail tomorrow from Belmar for cod.
A piece of striped bass history passed away on Jan. 25 when Charlie Cinto died at 91. On June 16, 1967, Cinto was trolling with legendary Capt. Frank Sabakowski out of Fairhaven, Ma. at 3 a.m. among the Sow and Pigs rocks off Cuttyhunk when he boated a 73-pound striper to tie Charlie Church’s world record set from shore in 1913 not too far from there at Vineyard Sound. Cinto’s bass wasn’t recognized by the IGFA because he was trolling a big Goo-Goo Eyes plug with treble hooks on wire line. However, he created a lot of excitement because it had been so long since such a huge striper had been caught on rod & reel.