Following is a recap of the 2021 fishing year by Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina:

    Happy New year to all,the season isn’t over by any means but   a review of it so far in my observation it was a very good year.   The spring bass bite was good,the boat boys did good trolling   and fishing live bunker,the bite up north in the bay was fantastic.   Fish from slots to 50+ lb was an everyday occurrence.  The Fluke season by all accounts was a very good one, we didn’t  see as many double digit fish but keeper ratio was way up.  The tuna fishing this year was of epic proportions, many boats limiting  out on multiple trips. Blackfish season has kept pace with past seasons, not better not worse. Winter flounder was fair as usual, some anglers did better than others,putting in their time paid off,hard thing to do when you work full time.Now for the present we are seeing some red hot surf fishing, not seenlike this for years.The stripers are showing no signs of leaving,they have the perfect water tempplenty of bunker,spearing and sand eels.The bays, rivers and surf are loaded with peanut Bunker, I personally havenever seen this concentration bait and bass this time of year that I canremember.You can go  into the new year with Bass still hitting in good numbers and there is a good chance for a keeper fish.Keep in mind the backwater season for bass ends Dec 31 st.,Rivers Bays Etc.Have a Safe Healthy New Year   BOB 

Following are comments on the 2021 fishing season from Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina:

    Happy New year to all,the season isn’t over by any means but   a review of it so far in my observation it was a very good year.   The spring bass bite was good,the boat boys did good trolling   and fishing live bunker,the bite up north in the bay was fantastic.   Fish from slots to 50+ lb was an everyday occurrence.  The Fluke season by all accounts was a very good one, we didn’t  see as many double digit fish but keeper ratio was way up.  The tuna fishing this year was of epic proportions, many boats limiting  out on multiple trips. Blackfish season has kept pace with past seasons, not better not worse. Winter flounder was fair as usual, some anglers did better than others,putting in their time paid off,hard thing to do when you work full time.Now for the present we are seeing some red hot surf fishing, not seenlike this for years.The stripers are showing no signs of leaving,they have the perfect water tempplenty of bunker,spearing and sand eels.The bays, rivers and surf are loaded with peanut Bunker, I personally havenever seen this concentration bait and bass this time of year that I canremember.You can go  into the new year with Bass still hitting in good numbers and there is a good chance for a keeper fish.Keep in mind the backwater season for bass ends Dec 31 st.,Rivers Bays Etc.Have a Safe Healthy New Year   BOB 

Chuck Many continues to release big stripers on Tyman at Cape Charles, Va., such as this one for Justin Lerner.

The Saturday forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots plus rain.

A Fishy New Year to all!

1 Comment

  1. Hi Al,

    Great fishing today on Sandy Hook Parking Lot A beach. I fished from 3:00-5:00 and caught 11 stripers. All on a 4-inch Hopkins with a green tube attached. 5 were small, but 6 were 22-inch plus including a 26-inch bonus bass just before the deadline tonight. I caught two at the same time twice (one on the teaser, see the photo). No birds and no sign of bait either. Two other fishermen caught a two or three each, but they didn’t have a Hopkins with a green tube.

    Love your emails and Happy New Year,

    Mark Welch

    Sent from my iPhone

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