The annual Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo opens Friday in the Lakewood ball park at 2 Stadium Rd., and continues through Sunday. The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey sponsors that event which runs from 11-6 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is $5, except free for kids 12 and under. For details visit jerseyboatexpo.com.
The northeast wind has created tough conditions for anglers. Though the forecast was for just 10-15 knots, a dry northeaster with that forecast always seems to end up 10 plus 15 knots for a stiff 25 knot blow. I tried casting into a rough sea this morning to no avail — and didn’t have any competition.
The forecast for Wednesday is similar, with 10-15 knots NE plus gusts to 30. Small craft advisories will be posted from midnight to Thursday afternoon.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands got out today, and Capt. Rob Semkewyc tried fishing some spots out of the wind that didn’t produce much. As a result he’s cancelling Wednesday and Thursday before finishing up the fluke season on the weekend. Anglers should check with skippers before coming down this week,
The Golden Eagle from Belmar returned from their canyon trip with loads of dolphin, but only had one tuna hit. They did add a 100-pound swordfish and lost a bigger one. There were some small oceanic species such as jacks and triggerfish.
The Jamaica from Brielle had a good mid-range special on Sunday with action on jigs from start to finish. Blues got things started before bonito and little tunny moved in. One tuna was lost. Those $85 trips which are aimed at bluefins are limited. They are scheduled for 6 a.m. Wednesday and Monday. Space is available on a 31-hour canyon trip departing at 7 a.m Thursday. About 200 dolphin were boated on the last trip plus a 125-pound swordfish. Call 732 628-5014 for reservations.
Following is a release from Nick Honachefsky:
“The 1st annual Barrier Island Beach Brawl surf fishing tournament is here! Presented by Saltwater Underground with Nick Honachefsky, Crab’s Claw Inn and Playa Bowls on October 11th and 12th. Fish from Point Pleasant to Island Beach State Park, fish the entire barrier island. 8 Cash prize payouts, multi-species weigh in and striped bass “release only” tourney with thousands of dollars worth of free raffle giveaways from: Yeti, Costa, Shimano, St. Croix, Mustad, Gamakatsu, Spro, Rapala, Tsunami, A Band of Anglers, Tactical Anglers, Magictail, Tony Maja, Jersey Mike’s, Blazing Visuals and much, much more! $40 entry gets you a million cool things without even weighing a fish. Check out all the rules, regs, free drink tix, party and prizes – reserve your spot and SIGN UP NOW www.saltwaterunderground.com/shop Facebook and Instagram @nickhonachefsky. Anglers can also sign up at Betty and Nicks, Grumpy’s Tackle, Fisherman’s Supply and Charlie’s Bait and Tackle.”