Bluefish are showing up in both surf and boat catches despite continuing cold water temperatures in NY/NJ Bight.
Both Betty & Nicks and Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported surf catches, and the former also had a school striper surf report from yesterday evening on lures. One angler also reported two 30-inchers. Grumpy’s posted a shot of Thomas with a surf blue this morning.
Andreas Toy from Keyport got into a limit of Raritan Bay stripers this morning with bass up to 35 inches before looking for surface action with those fish, but only finding gator blues! That may be a blessing for party boats which have been struggling to get bites from legal stripers despite lots of marks. The choppers may be more willing biters. Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported another frustrating trip yesterday with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands as the marks didn’t result into any bass larger than 27 inches.
Blackfishing closes with the end of the month; but Capt. Joe Massa found it to be very good yesterday as he and Bobby Glynn caught about 25 of legal size from about 100 off Long Branch on My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina and added a cod.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported a good pick of blacks on Tuesday with some limits and lots of shorts plus sea bass that had to be released.
The fine weather starts to turn as southwest winds at just 5-10 knots also produce patchy fog and a chance of showers in the morning which are also possible in the afternoon as the wind gusts to 20 knots at night.