There will be lots of activity over inshore wrecks and reefs off the Jersey Shore tomorrow as New Jersey’s sea bass season reopens from Oct. 7 to 26 with a limit of 10 at a 13-inch minimum.
The forecast is good, with southwest winds at 10-15 knots which carry over to Saturday. The party boat fleet will be out in force, but call your favorite skipper before arriving at the normal sailing time as many have scheduled Marathon trips by reservation and will be long gone.
Capt. Frank Massaria got in a striped bass trip today which resulted in a full boat limit of schoolies on Vitamin Sea from Keyport. He has availability for that live bait fishing on the weekend. Call 917 439-6448.
The Barrier Islands Beach Brawl is underway, and surf conditions should be back in good shape after the northeaster. Anglers are hoping for the first big push of mullet down the beach — and the stripers and blues which should be on them.
Little tunny are still in the picture. Indeed, the famed saltwater flyfishing author Angelo Peloso was into pods of them this morning on the south shore of Long Island — though even he couldn’t get a hit from those great game fish which can be impossibly fussy when they are on tiny bait.
A new leader in the Martha’s Vinyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby is a 17.16-pound blue beached by Peter Hess while fishing with his 92-year-old father.