Sea bass fishing has held up during the spring season in N.J. with the 10 fish bag, but that ends after Monday — which should lead to more effort on ocean fluking.
Very cold ocean bottom waters have resulted in the best fluking having been in shallow inshore waters that are much warmer. Most probes into normally productive bottoms off the Jersey Shore haven’t worked out well. Bruce Vitale said he drifted aboard the Jamaica II from Brielle one morning this week when there were only some shorts on that fluke specialist. A little more hope came from Capt. Ron Santee Jr. on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as he noted that the ocean finally settled a bit by the end of the week when he managed to find some shorts and keepers — including an 8 3/16-pound personal best for Mike Ramos. The Sea Hunter from that port changes its daily fluking hours on Monday to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported good bluefish and sea bass fishing early today, before it became a pick after that.
There’s another great forecast for Sunday with south winds at just 5-10 knots. Patchy fog is possible in the morning.
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