Captain Joe Massa from Morgan Marina has decided to keep his boat in the water for a couple more weeks to do some blackfishing. He said it’s been hit or miss with the recent storms. Yet, he has been able to limit out if he fishes before a storm when the seas have been good. He teamed with Michael Kunisiak from South Amboy last week for 13 keeper blackfish up to 6 pounds. Massa had another good trip the prior week with Guy Talarico and Kenny Mccrone as they totaled 19 keepers up to 5 lbs. They have been fishing in 70 foot depths, but have tried deeper water with poorer outcomes.  Massa has been using white crabs for better results. He has also been using his Rhodan trolling motor for easy anchoring. It has enabled him to move around on a piece of bottom to find the best life. Pairing it with a HD map has made bottom fishing a lot easier he says.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be open boat blackfishing full day Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 plus Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 for $90. There are also special trips limited to 15 for $120 that include whitelegger crabs as well as greens. Call 732 370-8019 for info and reservations.

Small craft warnings are up through Monday evening for northeast gusts to 30 knots and rain — but the morning forecast drops to north at 10-15 knots. After that it looks like ideal northwest winds and mild temperatures through at least Thursday.

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