The N.J. DEP wants early anglers to be aware that last year’s bluefish and striped bass regulations remain in effect through the end of March. If you can find them that early, the bluefish limit remains at 15, while two striped bass are legal, with one at 28 inches or greater and a another 43 inches or more.
All that changes when the new rules come ito effect on April 1. The bluefish limit drops to just three — except on party/charter boats where it will be five. Striped bass are then down to one from 28 to 38 inches. The Bonus Bass program opens very early, on May 13, for those enrolled.
Nick Honachefsky had a new presentation on surf fishing in N.J. for exotics, but the Saltwater Fishing Expo was canceled. However, he’s going to make that presentation tomorrow morning at Fisherman’s Supply in Point Pleasant Beach from 11-12. The first 30 attending will get a free Tsunami lure package. After the event, he’ll lead a group to a greet & meet with Capt. Bobby Bogan on the Gambler.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing to the offshore wrecks at 1 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 732 528-5014.
The Ocean Explorer plans to seek cod from Belmar at 7:30.
Small craft warnings are up through Saturday morning, with west gusts 25 knots tonight. The morning starts with west at 10 -15 plus gusts to 25 before gradually calming to north at 10-15 by Sunday morning — and down to 5-10 that afternoon.