Getting the weather to sail was an difficult, but blackfish and cod, good catches, were swung aboard the party boat Big Mohawk when trips ran, Capt. Chris said. Blackfish season will be closed next Thursday, so get after them, if you want the tautog. Green crabs and clams, provided on trips, caught best. White leggers didn’t work so well. Winds kept the boat in port the last few days. The Big Mohawk is fishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
“Time marches on, but Mother Nature fights for every inch this year,” Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. When rain didn’t fall, the weather was windy or cold. But anglers who “held out” latched into good winter flounder fishing, and interest continued to be high this year. Jinny Badtaclia from Manchester limited out on flounder to 3 pounds on Shark River. Striped bass fishing was good at Raritan Bay on clams, bunker or trolled Stretch lures. Striper fishing was a little slow locally, “but has signs of life,” Bob said. Marty Westerfield from Wall weighed-in a 14-pound striper “from local waters,” Bob said. Marty hooked the fish on a rubber shad, and stripers were reported beached from the surf from Seaside to Belmar on clams. The catches were slow, but possible. In freshwater, trout fishing was good, and Norm Irons from Tinton Falls limited out on trout to a 6-pound 8-ounce rainbow on yellow PowerBait. Bob didn’t mention locations where trout were taken, but talked about good trouting on Spring Lake in previous reports. Jim O’Donnel weighed-in a 15-pound turkey he bagged on a hunt.