The N.J. black sea bass season closes Monday, so anglers wishing to get in on the current opportunity shouldn’t hesitate to get out there. The June 22 closure is followed by a reopening on July 1 though Aug. 31 — but with a bag limit of only two. That’s intended as a by-catch for fluke fishermen during the summer.
The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife added materials to two artificial reefs last week. A 150-foot caisson gate was dropped on the Deepwater Reef, and a 65-foot tug was added to Sandy Hook Reef as a memorial for Darren Cardinal. Details on those placements are available at the Division’s web site.
After a beautiful day, it looks as if there will be another tomorrow as the forecast is for east winds at just 5-10 knots.
The Jamaica from Brielle reports that Friday night’s ling trip produced catches up to just over 30 red hake. There was not only good sea bass action on Sunday, but Caren O’Neil of Trenton added a 7-pund cod, and Bill Jones of Lakewood had two winter flounder in addition to his sea bass limit.
Weed was a problem in the Bay Head surf this morning, and it also returned to Point Pleasant Canal — though some small blues were caught.