***Update, Monday, 10/5:*** The sun finally came out Sunday, the party boat Big Mohawk’s Facebook page said. That was after the nor’easter for days, and the boat is expected to resume fishing Wednesday, for cod and winter flounder from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sea bass season will be opened starting October 22, and trips will fish for sea bass that day and the next day, October 23, aboard, by reservation only. Telephone the vessel to reserve.
***Update, Monday, 10/5:*** Hope you all got through the big nor’easter without damage, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. The hurricane is supposed to pass offshore next, and anglers will see how fishing goes after these two weather systems. Few anglers fished in the nor’easter, but one customer nailed a good number of striped bass in back waters, escaping the wind, on Bomber plugs. Good catches of kingfish were taken in back waters, before the weather. Spots and small porgies bit there then. Snapper blues foraged on peanut bunker in back waters then. Whether the kings, spots, porgies, blues and peanuts remained now was unknown. Fisherman’s Den is being moved to a trailer at the marina, near its current location, for a year or so, because a new building is being constructed. The store will be fully open, with all supplies, like usual.
Tuna swam the fishing grounds offshore, and Capt. Mike from the Katie H hopes they’ll remain, after this weather, he said. The boat is mostly tuna fishing for now, and will fish for sea bass, once sea bass season is opened starting October 22. Trips will sail for striped bass and blackfish afterward. The weather was unreal. “How much more northeast wind can you have?!” Mike asked. The 46-foot Katie H features speed and all the amenities. Fish in comfort in the fall weather.
“As I sit here and write … the wind blows hard out of the northeast,” Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters wrote in an email during the weekend. “I know fall is upon us.” No trips fished aboard since then, because of weather, he said in a phone call Wednesday evening. He didn’t expect to sail again until the middle of next week, or end of that week, because of forecasts. Strong, northeast wind blew again today, and a hurricane or tropical storm might slam the coast at the beginning of next week. A couple of boats fished from Belmar on Tuesday, landing fish like ling and winter flounder, he thought. Pete blackfished at Point Pleasant Canal, and the tautog bit great. No keepers were hooked before bait ran out, but lots of throwbacks snapped. When trips start back up with Parker Pete’s, they’ll sail for bottom-fish including porgies. Pete hopes to see striped bass by mid-October. The crew is excited “to get the striped bass gear out,” he said, and prime dates are available for those trips into November, but don’t wait to book. They do fill up. Sea bass fishing will be launched aboard starting October 22, opening day of sea bass season. If sea bass fishing is like last spring, “go buy yourself a second freezer,” he said. Fish for sea bass earlier in the season, before sea bass migrate to the deep, farther from shore. When trips last fished, huge sea bass to 24 inches were hooked as a by-catch, and released. Blackfishing will begin aboard once the bag limit is increased to six of the tog starting on November 16, from the current limit of one. Good dates for that fishing are available, but again, don’t wait to book, because they fill up. Even if anglers don’t have a crew of six to fill a charter, contact Parker Pete’s anyway. Individual spaces are available on charters who need anglers. Simply call or contact the boat to book. Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the email blast to be kept informed about the spaces. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page, where it says Join Our Newsletter. Hundreds of anglers are on the list, just waiting to fish with you, Pete wrote in the email. “Many fishing friendships have been made on the trips.”
On the Golden Eagle, bluefish 10 to 21 pounds, a good catch, were plowed Tuesday, a report on the party boat’s website said. A tuna trip sailed Sunday to Monday aboard, but no results were posted on the site at press time. Those were the only trips that fished recently aboard, between the weather, and the boat’s fishing will be weathered out today through Sunday, because of forecasts for wind and, later in the weekend, the potential hurricane or tropical storm. Bluefish trips are slated for 7:30 a.m. daily. See the tuna schedule online.
A great catch of bluefish to 20 pounds was whacked Tuesday on the
Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. The trip fished on the west side of the Mudhole, along hills and rubble, and the slammers were mostly jigged on Ava 47’s and Krocodiles. A few were caught on bait. No trips will fish today through Monday, because of weather forecasts. The boat is expected to resume fishing Tuesday. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.