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Are mako sharks endangered?

NOAA Fisheries

Shortfin Mako 90-day Finding
NOAA Fisheries published a 90-day finding on a petition to list the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrent with the listing.  This finding states that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. The NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is initiating a status review of the species to determine whether listing under the ESA is warranted. To ensure this status review is comprehensive, the agency is soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species.  The deadline for providing scientific and commercial information is June 14.  For more information please go to the NOAA Fisheries website or the Federal Register.Fishery Bulletins and Notices Visit NOAA Fisheries’ Rules & Regulations directory to learn more about recent federal management actions affecting Atlantic highly migratory species. Visit our WebsiteSubscribe to Atlantic HMS News

Regulations on recreational mako fishing are already so strict that it’s almost impossible to hold the traditional tournaments for them. Those sharks take so long to mature and produce so few young that it’s always seemed to me to be a miracle that they have managed to survive in the face of ever greater fishing pressure.

A small craft advisory is going up at 6 p.m. and continues through late Friday night. The Friday forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and a chance of morning rain — but the weekend looks good.
The Big Mohawk from Belmar had poor conditions Wednesday though some blackfish up to about 8 pounds were caught along with a cod.

You never know where you may end up when fishing with with Crazy Alberto

When Crazy Alberto Knie is on the hunt for fish, anyone joining him better be prepared to put in a lot of time and end up in unexpected places. That’s the reason there was no blog last night as a trip which started from Fort Myers at 5:45 a.m. didn’t end there until 3 a.m. this morning.

The trip started with a long ride across Florida to the east coast where we joined up with three friends from Pa. in a search for freshwater exotics that managed to evade us all day. Though snakeheads and clown knifefish failed to cooperate, we did mange to release some colorful and hard-fighting peacock bass before making that long trip across the state again where Alberto and I cast small paddletail jigs from shore during the middle of the night to release spotted seatrout and snook plus a single ladyfish and even a Gulf kingfish which has the same tiny mouth as the northern member of that species that we catch in the surf — though very rarely on artificials.

I received a note from someone catching reds and seatrout, though it disappeared before I could track down who it might be from. I do check text messages occasionally, but find that many of them come in with no identification. Especially if you want a reply, use my e-mail at which I check every day. My daughter Cyndi set that up for me when I started on the internet — and the “c” is for captain.

The Hudson River Fisherman’s Association has issued a final sign-up notice for its Fred Rung Memorial Striped Bass Tournament which runs from April 17 to May 15 and is limited to the Hudson River and its tributaries. Visit for information on that all-release contest or e-mail

Party boats have been struggling to catch striped bass even as Raritan Bay charter skippers and pros have been doing well with jigs, bunker chunking and trolling most days. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands found some improvement Tuesday as they at least marked bass in quantities that should have produced a good catch. Yet only six shorts from 21 to 26 inches were caught and as many lost. They were ready to sail this morning, but only four fares showed up. Tomorrow is canceled due to weather.

Chuck Many reports that jigging for smaller bass was hot during his last trip with Ty Man in Raritan Bay, but the bait bite for bigger bass was slower though he did release the lunker in the photo.

The Thursday forecast isn’t very good with southeast winds of 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 and rain. There’s a clearing northwest forecast for Friday at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25.

Bluefins hitting in canyons

The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant hasn’t been out there yet, but an eastern Long Island member of their Coaching & Report Service reported catching over 30 bluefin tuna while fishing the canyons recently. There was no mention of sizes, but those early bluefins are usually small. Te Canyn Runner’s Service had been sold out, but one subsciber has decided to stay in Florida — and his spot has opened up. Call Adam La Rosa at 732 272-4445 for information.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a tough Sunday of bottom fishing in a lumpy ocean as only about 20 short blackfish were caught along with a couple of keepers, four cod and a few ling. Wednesday looks like the next possibility.

Small craft warnings are up through Tuesday morning when the forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before dropping off to just 5-10 knots in the afternoon. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has cancelled for Tuesday while looking forward to Wednesday.

Both Andreas Toy boats out of Keyport started in fog on Sunday, but ended with striper limits on bunker in rain and east wind. The largest bass caught was a 38-incher.

Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reported the first Long Beach Island surf bass were caught Saturday by John Moran of LBI on clams as he released two shorts.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is sailing open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 for blackfish with whitelegger crabs included for $110.On Tuesdays and Thursdays the sailing time is 7 a.m. for $90. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations. Striper dates start in May.

The Tackle Box in Hazlet reports that Fishermen’s Choice Scented Squid Strips and Salmon Belly strips scented in shrimp oil are being distributed in Florida by Bionic Bait in Pompan Beach. Capt. Mike Sisto has been doing well on the Marathon reefs with snappers and groupers on squid strips, while the salmon is great for tilefish when that season is open.

Recent tog on Ocean Explorer

HRFA Fred Rung Striper Release Tournament coming up

NOTE: On Thursday April 15th all Derby registrants will receive an email invitation to attend a ZOOM meeting to be held that night at 7:00pm. The purpose is to review rules and answer any questions. Attendance is not mandatory but if you never fished the Derby before you may find it helpful.
On Friday April 16th, around 8:00pm, everyone entered in the Derby will get an email with their own 3-digit Derby Number. That number is unique for each angler and MUST be visible in any photo submitted for review by the judges. Do NOT show your name in the photo or it will be disqualified.
Entry photographs are to be emailed to:
Remember this is strictly a “no kill” derby. Catch, Photo & Releaseand/orCatch, Tag, Photo and THEN Release.
To register by US Postal Service, print and complete the Entry Form below. (Entry Form also available on the website at Then mail it, along with your check made payable to “The HRFA”, to our address:
H.R.F.A.PO Box 421Cresskill, NJ 07626

Party boats are still trying to break through with stripers. Capt. Rob Semkewyz gouldn’t even get a hit Saturday on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands despite using lures, bunker and clam. The only fish he saw caught were by trollers, and even they weren’t doing much.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar did well with blackfish yesterday, including a “slob” they estimated at 14 pounds. Their customers may have to take up a collection to buy them a scale.

A small craft advisory is up through Monday afternoon. The morning forecast is for northeast winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and likely showers.

Tough start for party boat stripers

Though charter boats have been doing well with Raritan Bay striped bass, initia[ party boat reports were negative.

At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter started on Friday and quickly found some marks to which Tsunami Shads were cast. Two were hooked, and a good one boated — but that was it. They also tried bait later with no action. The Fishermen got started today and reported poor tide conditions especially when a east wind came up later in the trip. They marked some fish that would’t hit.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar once again saw stripers, but couldn’t get a hit. However, there was an interesting development in the ocean as they caught a few mackerel. They won;t be fishing the next two days.

Also at Belmar, the Big Mohawk reported several blackfish limits on Friday along with lots of shorts.

There’s a chance of showers after midnight, but Sunday starts with southeast winds of only 5-10 knots before increasing to 10-15 with gusts to 20 later.

Fine spring fishing weather continues

The unusual run of light winds and mild weather continues into the weekend with southeast winds at just 5-10 knots predicted for Saturday.

While ftriper fishing remains hot in Raritan Bay, this could be the first weekend of striper fishing in the ocean. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has reported seeing and reading them though they haven’t started biting. All it might take is a slight increase in water temperature.

Blackfishing seems to be improving steadily at Belmar for the Big Mohawk, which had an angler with a limit yesterday, and Ocean Explorer (see photo).

Chuck Many had a fine striper bite during a late afternooon to night trip on Ty Man from Highlands as his crew tagged and released bass from 22 unches up to a 32-pounder on both live bunkers and chunks in Raritan Bay.

First sea bass report

The first sea bass report I’ve received indictates that the ocean is finally warming up after a frigid winter. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported seeing stripers, though they wouldn’t hit. They then caught some blackfish and ling plus short sea bass during a calm, warm day.

Also at Belmar, the Ocean Explorer reported yesterday wasn;t as good as Tuesday, though some blackfish were caught including one close to 10 pounds. The Big Mohawk is also catching blackfish on a daily schedule.

Capt. Jim Freda said both his morning and afternoon trips a cpouple of days ago on Shore Catch were a grind, but large stripers were caught with light St. Croix tackle by casting plugs and

Stripers turn onto ho-jos

Capt. Vinnie Vetere reported that Raritan Bay striped bass turned onto the ho-jos he constructs this morning after the previous morning was very poor.

Vetere fished aboard Bobby Diesel’s outboard as they trolled 16 stripers up to a 31-pounder.Vetere’s Katfish from Great Kills isn’t in the water yet, but should be ready to charter within the month.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar read stripers in the ocean yesterday, but they wouldn’t hit. Bait was present on a beautiful day as they did end up boating two cod and releasing some shorts.

Also at Belmar, the Ocean Explorer found lots of life on bottom that produced some blackfish and a few cod to keep.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den said mostly short blackfish are hitting in the inlet, and flounder fishing was better at the L Street Pier, with sandworms being the best bait. A few short tripers have been caught in the inlet and on the beaches.

John Bushell Jr. did his fiirst morning video from Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park this morning when it was calm and cold. Cold waters are holding back the fishing, but the shop is well stocked with bait.

Capt. Arthur Stokes has had reports of tuna being caught in Hudson Canyon already.

The fishing weather continues great with northeast winds tomorrow at just 5 knots before switching to southeast.

Ty Man chunks largest spring bass after slow start

Chuck Many said chunking in Raritan Bay from Ty Man got off to a slow start before they ended up with seven releases topped by a 37-pounder by Alyssa Katyan.– their largest so far this spring. Wednesday’s forecast is great, with a mere 5 knots from the northeast.

Tank Matraxia fished out of the Jupiter, Fl. area today as he and Kenny Fisher got into small snook while Tank also lost a small tarpon at boatside.

Golden Eagle will seek ocean stripers tomorrow

Though striped bass have been solid in Raritan Bay since last week, there’s been no word about them from the ocean so far. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has observed bait close to shore, and will be leaving at 7:30 in what should be good weather conditions for an effort to locate ocean stripers right around the time they often up at areas such as Shrewsbury Rocks. Reservations are still required.

The forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots which drop to 5-10 during the morning and switch to southwest late..