Some anglers withstood wind and cold to catch winter flounder and blackfish, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. In the previous report, he said the flounder bit in Shark and Manasquan rivers, and the blackfish chomped in Point Pleasant Canal. The store’s rental boats are available to fish for the flounder on the Shark. “Reliable reports,” he said, came in about small striped bass and bluefish that swam along Barnegat Bay’s sod banks. Those are the first bluefish mentioned on this site this season. Another trout was weighed in from Spring Lake at the store: Denis Newcombe from Wall’s 6-pound 14-ounce brown. A 9-pound rainbow was before, covered here previously. Bob, a surf angler, hopes to start fishing the beach for stripers in the next days. The fish “should be here soon,” he said.
Winds were forecast to blow to 20 or 25 knots through today, and Friday’s forecast remained questionable for boating, a report on the party boat Golden Eagle’s website said. But the good news was that forecasts looked good for this weekend and beyond. The Golden Eagle is fishing for striped bass at 7:30 a.m. daily.
The Katie H is in the water and ready to fish, Capt. Mike said. The season’s first charters will probably sail for striped bass on the ocean, and stripers usually start to be caught first on Raritan Bay. That angling seemed yet to start, but could break open any day. Sea bass fishing on the ocean could be the next angling on the boat, when sea bass season is opened May 19. The Katie H fishes inshore, but is also known as an offshore specialist. The trips for big game will begin with sharking, usually during the tournaments around Fathers’ Day around June 20. Next will be fishing for bluefin tuna relatively close to shore, 30 or 40 miles out. That sometimes begins in early June, depending on water temperature and bait. Sometimes the bluefins are footballs, and sometimes 40- and 50-pounders or 100-pounders. Mahi mahi are often boated on those trips. Trips for yellowfin tuna, all the way offshore at the canyons along the Continental Shelf, usually begin with daytime trolling aboard in July, when warm eddies usually begin to flow into those waters. Overnight fishing for yellowfins at the canyons usually starts on the boat in August, when the tuna begin to bite at night, and lasts as long as boatable weather lasts into autumn. The crew’s been busy on seasonal maintenance and upgrades to the boat. That even includes a new coffee machine and a crock pot, like for sausages and meatballs. A new website is being built for the vessel. The 46-foot Katie H features speed and all the amenities.