Thursday, January 9, 2020
I was a little under the weather over the holidays, but feel better now. I spoke to a local skipper recently who said blackfishing is not what it used to be, but we all know that. Congratulations to Randy for winning the Blackfish Triple Challenge tournament. Good luck and best fishes to everyone in the New Year.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Right now, I can't do any fishing and I miss the adventures I enjoyed sharing with you. All the reports are second hand from the fisherman I talk to. The blackfish bit well before the storm and are still biting. Seems like the cold weather turned them on. The bass continue to bite. It is hard to get out on a boat this time of year, but the fishing has been very good from the beach. That fishing should continue, as I caught until the new year last season. I miss exploring the beach and hope to get back there next season.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Striped Bass fishing has been lights out from beach and boat this week. We enjoyed a donated fillet, grilled with garlic, oil and lemon, while cooking for Turkey Day. Blackfishing is the same old s%#t, as told to me by a sad faced skipper. Enjoy the rest of the Holiday weekend, stay safe and warm.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The striped bass continue to bite, but not every day. Sounds like all sizes too. The bottom fishing is OK if you can get at least fifteen miles offshore and the dogfish don't bother you. The sea bass are big knuckle heads and the porgies are as big as hub caps. Some ling and bluefish too. Blackfish opens this weekend and they have been biting. This time of year you have to fish around the weather and we are lucky to have three nice days a week.
Monday, November 4, 2019
The striped bass fishing has everyone heading down to the docks. You can spot the striper fishermen very easily. They are usually wearing some form of camo and have a glazed look in their eyes and mumble about fifty pounders. Well, the striper fishing has not changed in the forty five years that I have been on the water, they don't bite all the time and you have to be there when they do. They can be the easiest fish to catch and the hardest the next day. Well, they are around, but you have to put in your time on the water and work to get them. Some do and some don't, it's striper wishing!
Friday, October 25, 2019
I spoke to the boat on the way in yesterday and Capt Steve was excited about the striped bass fishing. There has been a large body of jumbo bass off the Jersey coast for over a week now, and boats are coming in with epic catches. Some of these fish are topping the fifty pound mark. Bottom fishing has been a struggle due to the influx of dogfish. The big catches are coming from the boats running thirty or more miles offshore. The small boats are doing well with blackfish too. This is the time of year they bite on the inshore grounds and the season should be open now, not in the winter, when you are lucky to even catch one.