It appears so far that the cold northeaster didn’t negatively affect fishing in NY/NJ Bight. Bottom fishing in particular is often poor after a storm, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar found the largest inshore sea bass of the season which ranged up to Leon Murray’s 5-pounder. They also had ling, winter flounder and a few whiting. The Jamaica from Brielle reported a boat limit of sea bass plus ling and a couple of flounder, but a big out of season blackfish had to be released. Larry Palaia from Ct. won the pool with a 4-pound sea bass. Those boats will continue will continue to sail daily at 7:30 a.m. for sea bass.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc caught some fluke with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but said it still wasn’t good. Therefore, he will once again take reservations at $100 a man for live lining stripers from Wednesday to Friday. Those limited trips were very successful last week.
Capt. Lou Grazioso has heard of good trolling and casting catches of school bluefin tuna not too far offshore, and the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reports large quantities of those tuna further off plus bigeyes in the canyons.
John Bushell Jr. at Betty & Nick’s in Seaside Park was surprised to see the surf way down after the storm, though dirty — but suitable for fishing with clams. A couple of tide changes should clear it up.
The forecast is for south winds at 5-10 knots with 2-foot seas.