While the weather was good for the first day of New Jersey’s reopening of the sea bass season, bottom disturbance from the northeaster may have held catches down in some cases.

At Belmar, the Big Mohawk reported decent sea bass fishing though anglers had to go through lots of shorts to bag keepers. The Golden Eagle had a few sea bass limits among lots of shorts. Both boats reported a few porgies mixed in.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands started at the porgy grounds, but Capt. Ron Santee said he found too much current for fishing and moved offshore to pick at sea bass.

Andreas Toy was moved to Perth Amboy, and Capt. Fred Gamboa took his dad and cousins out for stripers which they caught up to 36 inches.


Capt. John McMurray of NYCTUNA decided to check out the striper fishing while waiting to bet offshore again, and came up with this 55-incher.

The forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and gusts to 20. Light rain is possible in the morning.

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