The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that the weatherman was right about today being sunny and warm — but the southwest wind blew a lot harder than expected. Once again, there were fish on top, though the catching was something else. However, blues to 15 pounds were more cooperative as everything was on jigs. That boat sails at 6:30 Saturday and Sunday.
Miss Belmar Princess went south looking for a better bite, but encountered fussy stripers there also. They did get a few slots and a couple of bigger bass up to 36 inches.
The Atlantic Highlands boats did better on bass yesterday than those from the Shore. The Fishermen had a slow start before getting steady action with slots and up to 34 inches. Plain jigs worked best, but a couple were caught on shads. The Sea Hunter reported boating 18 bonus bass yesterday plus a bigger one while releasing many shorts and adding bluefish. Capt. Rob Semkewyc was out again today with a small group of anglers who quickly limited with slots. There were a couple of shots at 28-38-inch bass — and a 44-incher was released. Today there were only a couple of blues.
Vinny D’Anton reported that the southwest wind was a killer for surfcasting as is often the case. He went to Ocean County and saw bait, but nothing was being caught. The switch to northwest tomorrow could make a big difference,
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had somewhat better blackfishing on Thursday as the high hook bagged four and hooked a dozen shorts. The key to success was using a light jig on spinning tackle as they’re fishing in only 30-50 feet.
The Jamaica from Brielle is sailing almost every night at 11 p.m. for jumbo sea bass and porgies on far offshore wrecks, Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The pool winners on a recent trip were Juan Sasion of Linden with a 6-pound sea bass and David Livingston from Clayton, Delaware with a 5-pounder.
The Hi Flier from Barnegat is sailing open for stripers the next two days, with a limit of four at $225. Call 732 330-5674 for reservations on the 6-2 trips.
Small craft warnings are up this afternoon for southwest gusts to 30 knots , but Saturday looks great with northwest at 5-10. Sunday forecasts as east at 15 with gusts to 20 knots.