Though the sea bass season is closed, the Jamaica from Brielle is concentrating on far offshore wrecks that hold great quantities of large porgies during weekend trips. The Saturday and Sunday sailings leave at 11:55 the night before. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Last weekend’s trip also produced a few ling and a surprising large bonito as catches ranged up to 30 fish. Chris Clendening of Sellerville, Pa. won the pool with a 4-pound porgy that edged a 3.75-pounder by Rich Stevens of Somerset.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported another good day of blackfishing on Wednesday.
Though the wind is shifting to the east on Friday, the forecast is for only 10-15 knots until it increases to gusts to 20 knots at night along with rain.
Nick Honachefsky has new episodes of his Saltwater Underground coming up on the Sportsman Channel. The first showing is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and then again Sunday at 4:30 a.m. and p.m.