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Saltwater Expo winds up Sunday

The Saltwater Expo at N.J. Convention Hall in Edison was packed today, and I was delighted to see so many blog readers at my 11:30 seminar on hand to receive their free Tady lure from Gary Quon of that company. The Expo finishes Sunday from 10-5 with Family Day as youngsters 11 and younger are admitted free — and the first 100 will receive a free rod & reel.  For details visit SPORTSHOWS.com.

The marine weather forecast has improved after today’s hard west blow. It should be only west at 10-15 knots tomorrow with 2-4-foot seas.

The Jamaica from Brielle moved their last offshore trip of the winter to Sunday at 1 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s posted a shot of the first small bluefish of the year from Barnegat Bay on Friday, and Betty & Nick’s had several reports of other blues being encountered.

See you at 11:30 a.m. for Saltwater Expo seminar & a free Tady

I’m looking forward to meeting many blog followers tomorrow morning for my seminar at the Saltwater Expo which starts at 11:30 in the N.J. Convention Hall, Sunfield Ave. ,, Edison — and culminates with Gary Quon giving one of his valuable Tady metal lures to each angler attending the seminar. Gary is also a west coast tuna and wahoo pro, and he’ll be detailing the techniques for working those lures that have also proved successful on our stripers and blues.

The Expo opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs to 6 p.m. There are also many other informative seminars running throughout the day. The complete list right through Sunday was published in last night’s blog. All the major fishing tackle manufacturers are on hamd along with many local operations. Be sure to stop by at the Shimano display where veteran N.J. reps Doug Rusch and Greg Kondak will be joined by Chris Bielert. Parking is free, and the adult admittance is $12 — with kids 6-11 charged $3 while those 5 or younger are not charged.
The warm south wind shifts to west in the morning. but blows at 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 plus 4 to 6 foot seas. The Big Jamaica has shifted their last offshore trip of the season to Sunday at 1 a.m. They hope the jumbo porgies will be there to say goodbye

Most shops should have bloodworms and frozen clams in stock this weekend, but call ahead first to be sure. Winter flounder have been long overdue to start hitting, but some short stripers are being picked along the Raritan Bay shorelines and in the back of  Barnegat Bay plus the rivers.

Saltwater Expo opens Friday at Edison

The show that marine anglers have been looking forward to all winter opens Friday in N.J. Convention Center in Edison and runs through Sunday.

The Expo opens from noon to 8 Friday, but you’ll have to wait until 11:30 Saturday morning to attend my striper, bluefish and tuna casting and jigging seminar at which Gary Quon will give one of his valuable Tady metal lures to the first 100 attending that program.  That should make up for the show admission charge of $12 for adults, $3 for kids 6-11 — and no charge for those 5 and younger. Parking is free. For details visit SPORTSHOWS.com

A complete seminar schedule from the Expo follows at the end of this blog.

Small craft warnings are up this evening for south gusts to 20 knots. Friday starts with south winds of 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 —  plus possible rain and fog.

 

 

Friday

12:30 Fly & Light Tackle Fishing the NY Bight w/Captain Joe Mattioli ……………………………… Seminar Room 1

1:00 Tuna, Tuna & More Tuna w/Wicked Tuna’s Dave Carraro & Paul Hebert (Courtesy of Maui Jim) ……………………………………………………………… Seminar Room 2

1:30 Targeting Jumbo Fluke on Local Reefs & Structure w/Shimano’s Captain Erwin Heinrich …………………………………………………………………. Seminar Room 1

2:00 Sheepshead, Tog, & Triggerfish in the Northeast w/ Capt Dan Schafer …………………… Seminar Room 2

2:30 Vertical Jigging for Striped Bass w/Jack Houghton ……………………………………………….. Seminar Room 1

3:00 Experience Costa Rica Fishing w/ Capt Butch Cross ……………………………………………… Seminar Room 2

3:30 Surf Sharkin w/ Nick Honachefsky …………………………………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

4:00 Catch Bluefin & Yellowfin on the Jersey Midshore Grounds w/Captain Jim Freda … Seminar Room 2

4:30 Fishing Raritan Bay w/Captain Frank Tenore ……………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 1

5:00 Canyon Overnighters for Tuna & Marlin w/Captains Cody & RJ Melton …………………. Seminar Room 2 5:30 Mojo Fishing “How To’s” w/ Capt Eric Kerber ……………………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

6:00 Successful Shad Fishing from a Boat w/ Dieter Scheel ………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

6:30 Black Sea Bass Barotrauma & Swim Bladder Venting w/ Dr. Douglas Zemeckis, Rutgers University ………………………………………………………. Seminar Room 1

Saturday, March 16

10:30 Sheepshead, Tog, & Triggerfish in the Northeast w/ Capt Dan Schafer …………………… Seminar Room 2

11:00 Trophy Striped Bass; Advanced Tactics w/Captain Brian Rice (Courtesy of Shimano) . Seminar Room 1

11:30 Tips for Catching Big Stripers w/Legendary Angler Al Ristori – The first 100 attendees get a free Tady lure ………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

12:00 Catch Bluefin & Yellowfin on the Jersey Midshore Grounds w/Captain Jim Freda ……. Seminar Room 1

12:30 Surf Sharkin w/ Nick Honachefsky ……………………………………………………………………… Seminar Room 2

1:00 NJ Wahoo; “Life in the Fast Lane” w/ Darren Dorris……………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

1:30 Bottomfishing Bonanza! Improving Sea Bass & Cod Catches w/ Capt Alan Lee (Courtesy of Shimano) …………………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

2:00 Bunker Spooning & Mojo Rigging w/ “Tony Maja” Anthony Arcabascio …………………. Seminar Room 1

2:30 Trophy Tactics for BIG Spring Stripers w/Captain Gene Quigley …………………………….. Seminar Room 2

3:00 Tuna, Tuna & More Tuna w/Wicked Tuna’s

Dave Carraro & Paul Hebert (Courtesy of Maui Jim) ……………………………………………………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

3:30 Advanced Surf & Jetty Tactics: How to Find Success! w/Shell Caris ………………………… Seminar Room 2

4:00 Climate Change Impacts on Fish & Fisheries w/ Dr. Douglas Zemeckis, Rutgers University ………………………………………………………. Seminar Room 1

4:30 Bucktail Doormat Fluke w/Keefe Vallaro …………………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

5:00 Mojo Fishing “How To’s” w/ Capt Eric Kerber ……………………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

Sunday, March 17

10:30 How to Target Mid-shore Pelagic Species w/ Captain Jimmy Gahm (Courtesy of Shimano) ………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 1

11:00 Targeting Trophy Blackfish w/FrankMihalic ……………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

11:30 Inshore Sharks; Closer than you Think w/Darren Dorris ……………………………………….. Seminar Room 1 12:00 Casting Topwater Plugs and Poppers to Tuna w/Captain Gene Quigley ………………….. Seminar Room 2 12:30 Experience Costa Rica Fishing w/ Capt Butch Cross ……………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

1:00 Advanced Surf & Jetty Tactics: How to Find Success! w/Shell Caris ………………………… Seminar Room 2

1:30 Tuna, Tuna & More Tuna w/Wicked Tuna’s Dave Carraro & Paul Hebert ……………………………………….
(Courtesy of Maui Jim) ……………………………………………………………………………………… Seminar Room 1

2:00 Bucktail Doormat Fluke w/Keefe Vallaro …………………………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

2:30 Alternatives to Summer Fluking w/Captain Frank Tenore …………………………………….. Seminar Room 1

3:00 Vertical Jigging for Striped Bass w/Jack Houghton ……………………………………………….. Seminar Room 2

3:30 Fly & Light Tackle Fishing the NY Bight w/Captain Joe Mattio Seminar Room 1

 

Yellowfins building up in N.C.

Though giant bluefin tuna fishing is holding up in N,C., the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant is now more concerned with yellowfin tuna since the giant tuna commercial season is closed and only catch-and-release is allowed for them as they continue sailing out of Oregon Inlet.

When a 106-inch giant was brought alongside last week, it came up dead and the Canyon Runner used up its trophy giant allocation rather than waste it. The trophy fish allocation is only one a year, and it cannot be sold.  The Tim Gross and Kelly Bryne party released two giants out of six hooked this week before catching  yellowfins to bring home. Adam La Rosa reports there are some last minute open boat seats available at $550 all-in — including the tip. Call him at 732 272-4445.

CR yellowfinsNorth Carolina yellowfins

The marine weather forecast sounds good for tomorrow as the morning starts with south winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to 10-15 with gusts to 20 knots in the afternoon == as air temperatures get up to 57 degrees. It will be even warmer Friday though wet and windy.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar was supposed to sail for cod today, but the only post from them was that they will be sailing tomorrow.

 

Ocean Explorer sails for cod tomorrow

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is out of the shipyard and ready to fish again. They will be heading out at 7:30 Wednesday to search for cod on a daily basis when weather permits. There has been some good spring inshore codfishing in the past, and we’ll never know if they are there unless someone makes the effort.

The weather looks good, as a northwest wind of only 5-10 knots is forecast for the morning, followed by a shift to southwest in the afternoon — with one-foot seas.

Vinny

Capt. Howard Bogan was surprised at the lack of porgies as they usually hold on those deepwater wrecks into April. He hopes to find them again when the Jamaica makes 1 a.m. trips on Saturday and Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

 

 

Instead of the expected porgies, the Jamaica got unexpected variety.

Capt. Chris Di Stefano got word of good daytime swordfishing from Frank Criscola who has his Crisdel in Islamorada, Fl. for the winter. The largest sword so far was a 410-pounder, and a bigeye thresher shark estimated at 350 pounds was released. The latter is a very deepwater species which is protected. Criscola said sailfishing has been poor there so far.

Jim Louro continued to catch backwaters stripers this morning, and one of the 20 hooked was of legal size..

Vinny D’Anton continues to pick away at Spotted sea trout and ladyfish near his winter home in Sarasota, Fl,  — and also got into a few Spanish mackerel while wading. The light tackle action has been off due to the big fish kijjs fron last fall’s red tide.

 

Saltwater Fishing Expo runs from March 15-17 at Edison

The show saltwater anglers have been waiting for all winter is coming up from Friday through Sunday as the Saltwater Expo moves into the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison..

As usual, I’ll be putting on a Saturday seminar which this year will concentrate on casting and jigging for stripers, blues and tuna. Gary Quon will be flying in from California to provide his expertise in these techniques — and will be providing every angler attending the seminar with one of his valuable Tady metal lures. I’lJ have more about the Expo during the week.

Jim Louro of Spring Lake followed up his boat striper catch by braving today’s rain and wind to explore backwaters from shore and release 49 short stripers on plugs. Most were 22 inches or so, but one weighed 6 pounds.

 

Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park has had reports of a pick of small stripers plus winter flounder in the back bay. They will be receiving bloodworms Wednesday afternoon.

The Canyon Runner has an opening on a free military tuna trip out of Oregon Inlet, N.C. on March 14. Active duty or retired military can call Adam La Rosa  at 732                            842-6825 for info.

Small craft warnings are up through Monday afternoon. The morning starts off at 10-15 knots west with gusts to 20.

Louro reports first volume school striper catch

Very few school stripers had been reported in N.J. until yesterday, but Jim Louro of Spring Lake came up with a good report from an Ocean County river system. He joined Matt Del Mouro of Oceanport and Jerry Malanga from Point Pleasant on an 18-foot boat as they cast 4-inch plastics to release 38 shorts up to a 25-incher.  The fish were aggressive when they got on them, though the water temperature was only 34 to 37 degrees.

It sure felt like spring today, and warmer weather is predicted this week. However, the wind forecast isn’t good with, small craft warnings up after midnight for east gusts to 30 knots. Sunday’s winds are southeast at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 in the afternoon plus rain.

NJ fluke anglers get status quo while commercials get a 40% increase

Tom Fote of the JCAA was fuming today after returning from the joint meeting of the ASMFC and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Summer Flounder Boards in Virginia Beach.  Though N.J. underfished its quota last year, they decided that there had been overfishing by N.J. anglers which hadn’t been accounted for in previous years  and wouldn’t approve the 7.5% increase that should have been due — while handing a 40% increase to the commercial sector that’s already getting 60% of the fluke quota despite a NOAA study which showed the recreational catch was about 70% of the total catch before management started.,  The New Jersey public will have to get by with status quo while special interests are served by the management boards. I’ll have more about this as more information becomes available.

The marine forecast is looking good tomorrow before small craft advisories go up from late Saturday through Sunday evening.  Saturday starts with north winds at 5-10 knots before shifting to the east in the afternoon. Sunday will be southeast at 15-20 with gusts to 25 plus rain in the morning.

The Big Jamaica is scheduled to sail to the offshore wrecks for jumbo porgies (see photo below) both days at 1 a.m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Jamaica porgy

The Philadelphia Boat Show continues through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia \Expo at Oaks. Hours are 10-7 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday.

Two days of light winds

While it’s still cold, the forecast of light winds the next two days may inspire some anglers to make an effort for the early stripers and winter flounder.

The first legal striper was actually weighed in on the March 1 opening of the N.J. inshore striper season when Beau Bosum claimed the gift certificate for the first keeper at Absecon Sportsman Center. The 28-incher weighed 7.6 pounds  and hit bloodworms that were also attracting white perch. The location was probably Mullica River. The early season hot spot at the Forked River power plant may not be holding fish now that the hot water discharges aren’t being provided by the out-of-commission plant.

Phil Sciortino reports from the Tackle Box in Hazlet that he has bloodworms in stock. There were some very short bass caught from the Raritan Bay shorelines at Cliffwood and Union Beach last week, but the water temperature dropped this week and nothing more has been reported. We need some sunshine and higher temperatures to get those shallow waters producing.

Small craft warnings are coming down this evening, and there are two nice days coming up. Friday morning should bring southwest 5-10-knot winds switching to south in the afternoon with a one-foot sea. Saturday looks good for the Jamaica’s offshore porgy trip at 1 a.m. from Brielle with 5-10 knot west breezes before changing to northeast in the afternoon as seas increase to just two feet.  Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Philadelphia Boat Show opens Friday from 1-8 p.m. in Greater Philadelphia Expo at Oaks, and runs through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, but those arriving after 5 p.m. will pay only $5.

Canyon Runner almost booked up for spring canyon trolling

The Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant is almost completely booked for the early canyon trolling that was the best of last year’s offshore sport.

Adam La Rosa advises those wishing to fish during that prime time to get in touch with him shortly as there are only eight days left on the 60-footer. and 14 on the 48 before September. The same applies for those booking on the open boat trips. As an incentive, La Rosa is offering 50% off on a fall striper trip for finishing up his rearly booking. Call him at 732 272-4445,

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Capt. Deane Lambros with a N.C. giant on the Canyon Runner. Giants were also caught in the northern canyons last spring.

The Philadelphia Boat Show opens Friday from 1-8 p.m. in Greater Philadelphia Expo at Oaks, and runs through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, with no charge for those 16 or younger. There will be 27 dealers exhibiting boats, and parking is free.

Thursday starts out well with west winds of 10-15 knots, though freezing spray is a morning possibility. The picks up to 20 knots with gusts to 25 in the afternoon.  Friday looks much better with southwest 5-10 knots and 1-toot or less seas.