Though the Golden Eagle from Belmar had to cancel the afternoon trip that would have been the last of the N.J. sea bass season due to the weather, they had yet another boat limit of those fish before adding a lot of ling. The way that fishing held up indicates that it’s still being underfished.
The Golden Eagle will switch over to bluefishing tomorrow, and there should be plenty of them for jigging. The Big Mohawk from Belmar starts fluking at 6 a.m.
Vinny D’Anton got a thrill yesterday morning in the Monmouth County surf when he hooked a fish he couldn’t stop while fishing for stripers with sand fleas. However, as is so often the case, the big one got away by finding the only obstruction in the area. We’ll never know how big that bass was, but the thrill of that run will never go away. It also attracted more anglers this morning to cast into a rougher and colder surf. Bob Correll even came up from Bay Head to try sand fleas for the first time. Vinny had to settle for a 24-incher, and I got lucky with two of the usual size in this fishery — 23 and 24 1/2 inches. One of them hit as I was reeling in — something that I’d never experienced before when fishing sand fleas.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro had a hot bite of stripers from 16 to 26 inches both in Barnegat Inlet and the sedge banks while using sandworms and light spinning tackle. He is willing to share his technique, which I’ll detail tomorrow. His Hi Flier from Barnegat is open for charter or individuals Thursday and Friday from 11-4, plus Saturday and Monday from 7-noon.
The forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 before switching to west at just 5-10 in the afternoon.