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.

Charlie Cinto


  1. water temperature makes all the difference this time of the year today we went out and a couple of my friends went up the bay looking for stripers. and they could only scratch out a couple of hits but we went the other way up to Shrewsbury in navesink rivers looking for some warm water up there and we found a couple of places that were up around the 50-degree mark. And we had two short stripers so I don’t feel so bad LOL. We tried for flounder with no success. We will try after this warm sunny weather this early week hopefully the temperatures will bring the flounders out biting. The water is still cold so always bring an extra shirt with you or extra jacket. You can’t put it on if you don’t have it. And there’s nothing worse than being cold when you’re on the water


  2. Hello Al. This is Peter Kearns in PP Beach. We have met here and there over the years, including one time in the Shop Rite in Wall when we discussed using clams in Raritan Bay for stripers.

    In any event, I saw something today I certainly could not have imagined in March. While walking on the board walk in PP Beach at about 6:30 PM this evening, I saw a group of about 12-18 dolphins leisurely working their way north, about 100 yards off the beach. They were between Jenkinsons and the inlet. Even though I was on the boardwalk, I am 100% sure of what I saw, I have seen plenty of dolphin over the years.

    There was also a handful or two of birds in the same area, and while they were not aggressively working, they did seem interested in something.

    I remember many years when we never saw dolphins locally until July at the earliest. I am not sure what this means, if it means anything at all.

    I enjoy your columns every day, thank you.

    Pete Kearns ________________________________


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