A bunch of customers limited out on blackfish Sunday on the Big Mohawk, the party boat’s Facebook page said. Decent-sized were mixed in, and the angling was better than previously. “More bites,” it said, and the fishing was “a bit sluggish” on Saturday’s trip. This was coming off the full moon, and the captain thought the angling might pick up afterward, and it did. He hoped the catches kept improving like on Sunday. White crabs caught best that day, and green crabs are provided, and whites were going to be available for sale aboard today. “We will have white leggers on board 7 a.m. (today),” it said. When whites are carried, they’re less expensive on the boat than at stores, the captain has said in the past. Trips are blackfishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
No fishing sailed recently with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said, and he’s been very selective about weather. Blackfishing seemed picky, typical for January, and a few cod were mixed in. Mackerel had been boated but disappeared lately. Spring striped bass trips are being booked and are filling. Pete is supposed to give a seminar on bucktailing for big fluke at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo on Feb. 16-19 in Edison. Catch Parker Pete’s exhibit at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow on Feb. 23-26 in Oaks, Pa. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces available on charters. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.
The following was posted as an update in the last report here and is being posted again in case anybody missed it: No mackerel trips, scheduled to fish daily, sailed this past week on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. That was because of weather and because none of the fish was around. “Unfortunately, there are no mackerel to catch right now,” it said. Fishing aboard might be docked until spring, but the crew will give an update if that changes. The boat last fished on Jan. 6, two Fridays ago. That was the season’s first mackerel trip aboard, and customers picked at small to medium, and some large were mixed in. “We had some nice long drifts and some patrons had a couple dozen at the end of the day,” it said. Trips were weathered out afterward, until weather improved late last week. That was when the email from the boat said mackerel were no longer around.