The ocean was fishable Sunday, and most of the rain held off as anglers on the Ocean Explorer from Belmar closed the blackfish season in hopes of overturning the seasonal pool leaders though none over 6 pounds were caught along with a few cod, pollack and ling (see below). That boat will shift over to the latter species on the next fishable day — perhaps Wednesday or Thursday.
Not only does the internal waters striper season open today in N.J. but also the winter flounder season with a limit of two at a 12-inch minimum. It’s mostly a shore thing now, but Bob Matthews may have a rental skiff or two available at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina.
The marine forecast includes a gale warning through Tuesday. The morning forecast is for northwest winds at 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 plus the possibility of light freezing spray early.