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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, December 10.

| Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Seaside Heights | Barnegat Light | Atlantic City | Longport | Sea Isle City | Avalon | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
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EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
Keyport
Blackfishing kicked off during the weekend with Down Deep Sportfishing, and a new body of striped bass arrived, so some striper trips will resume, Capt. Mario said. Open-boat trips for stripers will sail Wednesday and Friday. On all other days, open trips will run for blackfish daily. The first couple of blackfish trips fished well, he said, landing up to 7- and 8-pounders, losing a couple of bigger. The boat features a heated cabin and full galley and is roomy.

Atlantic Highlands
When blackfishing had the weather to sail, it hooked the tautog on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. The anglers worked through throwbacks to axe keepers. Just about all caught, and Friday’s trip was docked because of weather. But Saturday’s and Sunday’s trips fished. Sunday’s fishing, making two or three drops, was a little better. Weather was a treat that day in no wind, though that made the boat flop around a little on anchor. Trips are blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

See you in spring! a report said on the party boat Fishermen’s website. Fishing is finished for the year aboard, and had been sailing for striped bass. Striper trips will kick angling back off probably in the second week of April on the vessel. Capt. Ron and crew thank all who fished this year aboard, and wish everybody Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Neptune
Seas were stiff, and blackfishing was a hack Friday with Last Lady Fishing Charters, Capt. Ralph wrote in an email. Lots of throwbacks bit, but only a few keepers did. But what a difference on Saturday. On a trip that day, Jeff W. limited out, his second trip in a row when he did aboard. Some of the anglers boxed three or four keepers apiece, and only two caught just one apiece. Lots of throwbacks gave up life, too. On a trip Sunday, the angling was much slower. One angler took four keepers, and a hefty 5-1/2-pound blackfish won the pool. An individual-reservation trip will sail for blackfish Tuesday, and room is available. The next one of the trips with spaces available will fish on Sunday. Charters are available, and if you only have a few anglers, Ralph can put together a trip for a day not chartered. An individual-reservation trip for sea bass offshore is full on Saturday.

Belmar
Striped bass fishing was good Sunday on the ocean, including for some larger stripers 30 to 35 inches, typical-sized unders, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Definitely good, and stripers are around, if you want to fish for them. The angling is a matter of weather and water temperature drawing them in from farther from shore. The small ones are being jigged, and the larger are usually getting trolled on Mojos and spoons. Blackfishing on the ocean is up and down, and a few weekdays are still available to fish aboard. See Parker Pete’s calendar online or telephone Pete.

Capt. Mike from Celtic Stoirm Charters is calling it a year, he said. He thanks anglers who fished aboard this year, and also thanks those who stood by while the boat was re-powered. He wishes everybody Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

If mackerel show up, the Golden Eagle will fish for them, a report said on the party boat’s website. Striped bass fishing is finished aboard in weather turning colder and customers beginning to be busy with the holidays, the report said Saturday. If no mackerel appear, the boat will begin fishing again in spring.

On the Miss Belmar Princess, striped bass fishing is ended for the year, an email said Friday from the party boat. Lack of fish and anglers was the reason. The stripers left were small throwbacks in water that was becoming cold. But if the mackerel migration swims in range in the next couple of weeks, the boat will go after them. If not, the vessel will be finished fishing until spring.

Brielle
A little uptick happened in boating for striped bass on the ocean, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Some better-sized, in the mid-30 inches, showed up, among throwbacks that had already been around. The boaters pretty much concentrated off Spring Lake and from Lavallette to Island Beach State Park. Most keepers were found toward the 3-mile line. In the surf, anglers continued to pick away at mostly small stripers, but an occasional keeper. The fishing was slower in the past couple of days, but that was a matter of tides or conditions. The fish were mostly hooked during daytime, and Eric mentioned which tide, but this writer forgot! He said something about high tide, but this writer forgot whether he mentioned a certain stage of high, like high outgoing or anything. But sometimes an angler connected at night. All kinds of pockets of stripers swam the surf at Spring Lake and from Lavallette to Island Beach. Tsunami 6-inch sand eels and Ava-17 jigs with green or black tails with teasers whipped the fish. Definitely fish a teaser. Boating for blackfish was pretty darn good. Limits were often caught, and plenty of 8- to 10-pounders were pasted among small ones. Axel Carlson and Sea Girt reefs and 17 Fathoms gave up blackfish. Not only green crabs caught, but white crabs began to take the fish well. Some places were too deep to jig for blackfish. Then a rig had to be fished. But in conditions where jigs could be fished, they worked best. Offshore sea bass fishing was great. The best trips were just after rough weather. Wrecks that were fished seemed to become re-loaded with fish then. More 5- and 6-pounders showed up than before. A smattering of cod and pollock were hooked on the trips. Porgy fishing was on the downturn on the trips, giving up a few less than before. But big, dinner-plate-sized were cranked in.

Point Pleasant Beach
The year’s last scheduled striped bass trip fished yesterday on the ocean and limited out on the fish to 36 inches with Mushin Sportfishing, Mushin’s Facebook page said. Offshore wreck-fishing is scheduled the rest of the month on charters and open-boat trips. The striper trip trolled a good pick of keepers, all on Tony Maja spoons, though Mojos were also trolled on the outing, and nearby boats only caught on Mojos. Go figure! the page said. The trip caught on white Majas, and the nearby trips caught on white Mojos. A good number of keeper stripers remain, so don’t stop fishing for them! the page said.

The Norma-K’s blackfishing got back on the catches Sunday, after a tough trip of the angling Saturday, a report said on the party boat’s website. Sunday’s catches weren’t great, but a few anglers limited out, were locked in. A few bagged fewer keepers, “and some had a tough day,” it said. An 8-pounder won the pool, and the fish weighed up to 6 to 8 pounds on the previous day. Trips are blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, and green crabs and white crabs are carried aboard.

Seaside Heights
No great numbers of striped bass were slid from the surf, but the pick goes on, a report said Friday on The Dock Outfitters’ website. Ava jigs with teasers socked them when fished painfully slowly, “right until it’s high and dry,” the report said. At that time, the bite had shifted to just before first light to sunup. Previously, the catches were made in the p.m. Keep on the move, and dress warmly. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, a café, a dock for fishing and crabbing, and, in season, boat and jet-ski rentals.

Barnegat Light
Fishing is shut down for winter on the Miss Barnegat Light, a report said on the party boat’s website. Striped bass catches were slow on a trip Saturday. A good number of stripers were read at times, “but (were) just not feeding,” it said. The boat was slated to fish for them again the next day, Sunday, but no report was posted for that day. The Larson family, Capt. Lenny, Capt. Lou and crew thank anglers for sailing this year on the boat, and wish everybody Happy Holidays and a happy, healthy New Year. The 2019 schedule will be posted on the boat’s website in early spring.

Atlantic City
No fish were bailed, but were hung here and there, said Noel from One Stop Bait & Tackle. The fish were blackfish nabbed along jetty-lined Absecon Inlet in town, striped bass beaten from the T-jetty at the ocean end of the inlet, and sometimes ling that were a by-catch during the striper fishing. The stripers bit on low incoming tides on plugs, clams, bloodworms and eels. Green crabs, the bloods and frozen baits are stocked, including clams, bunker and a little of everything.

Longport
For boaters on the ocean, striped bass made a showing Friday and disappeared Saturday and Sunday, Capt. Mike from the Stray Cat said. An open-boat trip for stripers will sail Tuesday, and telephone to jump aboard. The ocean is 48 degrees, not bad for fishing. The ocean is chock full of sand eels close to shore. Open trips will fish for blackfish Friday through Sunday. That angling was tough in past days, no matter the depth. Inshore was dirty, and farther out, in deeper water, was clear, but that didn’t seem to matter. The trips fished in 55- to 80-foot depths.

Sea Isle City
About 14 striped bass, including two keepers, the rest throwbacks, were jigged and trolled from the ocean Saturday with two anglers aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The fishing seemed tougher Sunday in a little rougher seas, choppy. The water’s becoming pretty cold. Trips will fish for stripers through next weekend aboard. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Boating for striped bass was decent Saturday on the ocean, said Cameron from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. A couple of trips caught the fish that were known about. Boats also departed for the fishing Sunday morning, Cameron said that day when he gave this report and the vessels were still fishing. Friday also seemed good for the angling. One angler reported his trip that day trolling nine of the stripers, all of them throwbacks except one keeper. Blackfish boats also sailed Saturday and Sunday. He thought they caught Saturday and was yet to hear Sunday’s results. Green crabs and white leggers are stocked.

Avalon
A combo duck-hunting and striped bass fishing trip will head to the ocean tomorrow with Fins and Feathers Outfitters, Capt. Jim said. A waterfowl trip was strictly going to hunt today aboard. Jim’s buddies reported pretty good striper fishing. One of the buddy’s trips clocked two 40-pounders last Tuesday. Stripers are reportedly hovering right along the 3-mile line. Striper fishing is closed beyond 3 miles from shore. Buddies said they marked all kinds of stripers beyond 3. The waterfowling with Fins is hunting sea ducks and brant now. In other news, Jim saw a photo of a friend’s 20-pound steelhead from upstate New York’s Salmon River. Anglers fish for the steelheads straight through winter to early spring from Jim’s nearby lodge. More of the lodge’s guests visit for snowmobiling in winter, and not a lot of vacancy is left for January and February, but some is. If interested, you probably better hit the dates quickly. A discount is available for the lodge, but only on Airbnb.

Cape May
The Heavy Hitter is finished fishing for the year, Capt. George said. But he’ll probably continue fishing on friends’ boats, and did on a friend’s on Sunday for striped bass on the ocean. None was hooked on the trip, and the fleet grabbed a few of the bass, not many, that day. George knew about trips on Saturday that reeled in four or five apiece, or two, and others that picked up none. On George’s trip, lots of bait schooled, and birds worked the bait. Weather was cold, and seas weren’t rough but held a little chop in northeast wind. A few stripers are swimming within 3 miles from shore, where fishing for them is legal. The angling is closed beyond 3.

Not a lot of news rolled in, but blackfishing was good at reefs like Wildwood when the trips had the weather, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Striped bass were trolled from the ocean toward the 3-mile line from Sea Isle City to Cape May. Little was heard about surf fishing. The store will probably be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Green crabs and eels are stocked.

Last Thursday's Report
Keyport

A bunch of bonus striped bass, lots of shorts and a few keepers were pasted Wednesday with Down Deep Sportfishing, Capt. Mario said. They were mostly jigged, and open-boat trips will sail for blackfish beginning Friday at 6 a.m. daily. Striper fishing will resume in spring aboard. The boat features a heated cabin, a full galley and plenty of room.

For anglers on the Vitamin Sea on Wednesday, blackfishing was okay, but seas were nasty, though forecasts called for better, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. The anglers had difficulty feeling bites but managed a decent catch. Two spaces are left for an open-boat trip for blackfish Sunday.

Atlantic Highlands

Small striped bass were winged from Sandy Hook’s surf, though the past couple of days were slow, said Jay from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Tsunami sand eels or diamond jigs with green or black tails with teasers beaned them. Boaters whacked blackfish well. Baits stocked include green crabs, and anglers can order white crabs on a Friday that will be available the next day.

The party boat Atlantic Star’s blackfishing sailed Monday, scooping up pretty good angling for throwbacks and some keepers, Capt. Tom said. Tuesday’s trip was kept docked because of forecasts for strong wind. Wednesday’s trip clocked blackfish at every place fished, not as well as on Monday. Seas were a little cranky, not rough, but an annoying little roll. Maybe bites were difficult to feel. Today’s trip was expected to sail in west wind, and the trips are slated to fish for blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Angling for striped bass was tough Monday in a huge swell and wicked current on the Fishermen, a report said on the party boat’s website. Wind together with the tide drifted the boat fast at 3 ½ knots. No lack of bait and plenty of stripers were read. But only a handful of small were caught. Better conditions were expected for the days afterward. Trips are fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. ***Update, Friday, 12/7:*** The fish are still biting, a report said on the boat’s website. Unfortunately, too few customers were around for a trip to fish, after a long wait for rough weather to pass. Whatever happened to old-time, fish-in-the-snot anglers? the report asked. These days, anglers seem scared off by cold, breeze or a hint of rain. The boat will fish for stripers this weekend. Dress warm, put on the long johns and finish out the season with us, the report said. The captain watched videos the other night and was amazed at some of the weather customers fished in. But the striper fishing was unreal. During a couple of years, the trips fished into the first week of January. Making ice on deck, the fishing lines freezing. But the catches were amazing.

Boats sailed for blackfish a little farther from shore than before, and the catches improved a little, Bob from Fisherman’s Den North thought, he said. The striped bass boat had just docked today when he gave this report. Baits stocked included green crabs and white crabs. Not an abundant number of whites were stocked, but some were. Some anglers wanted to buy the whites in bulk, but too few were available to sell that many to one person. But the supply could change.

Highlands

Just a few charter boats fished from the docks now, for blackfish, said Wayne from Twin Lights Marina. The angling seemed decent, and the boats will probably fish for them until the first of the year and then call it a fishing season. Twin Lights, located on Shrewsbury River near Raritan Bay and the ocean, with no bridges before them, includes a marina with boat slips, dry storage, a fuel dock, and a combined bait-and-tackle shop and ship’s store. The fuel dock is available 24 hours a day with a credit card.

Long Branch

They were small, but striped bass gave up good angling in the surf, said Nick from TAK Waterman Surf n Fish. They were everywhere, and customers mostly beat them on diamond jigs and Tsunami and Savage sand eels with teasers. Teasers are stocked from a local who tied them, and they’ve been great. Flying off the shelves. No birds working the water or other signs revealed where the stripers were. Anglers just cast the lures and reeled them back super slowly, because of cold water, along bottom. No reports were heard about boating for stripers on the ocean, maybe because of rough seas. Blackfish were picked away at on the ocean, Nick guessed. TAK Waterman is a store for fishing, especially surf-fishing, surfing and paddle-boarding. The shop also produces the TAK Waterman line of clothing for watersports including these and beach-going. The name is from Lake Takanasee.

Neptune

Last Lady Fishing Charters last fished Friday and Saturday for blackfish, Capt. Ralph said. That was covered in the last report here, and individual-reservation trips will fish for the tautog this Friday and Saturday, and all bait and tackle is provided. Telephone to reserve, and a charter is booked Sunday. Individual-reservation trips will hunt blackfish on most Fridays and Saturdays, except when the boat is chartered. Dates are available during the holidays for individual-reservation trips and charters.

Belmar

Trips picked away at blackfish on the party boat Big Mohawk, Capt. Chris said. Catches were good on some days, okay on others. Plugging away, he said. No really big came in yet, but some weighed 7 and 8 pounds. Both green crabs and white crabs hooked up, and many of the fish were jigged. Greens crabs are provided, and whites are available for sale aboard. The boat is blackfishing daily.

Striped bass fishing on the ocean was slow Tuesday, but weather was worse than expected, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. But the fish bit well on Wednesday, and some were larger or 30 or 33 inches. Some herring showed up, and that’s needed to keep stripers around. Anglers will see how the striper fishing continues. Some weekdays are available for fishing aboard, and trips will fish for stripers as long as the bass are around. Afterward, the boat will focus on blackfish. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Sign up for an individual space with a charter who wants more anglers.

Stripers were boated on the ocean Wednesday in fairly rough seas, said Capt. Mike from Celtic Stoirm Charters. He knew about a boat that reported the anchor tree getting dunked in the seas but limiting out on unders. Blackfishing was hit and miss, like blackfishing is, but the tautog are there. For both of these catches, you just have to fish and be there when the bite turns on.

Brielle

***Update, Friday, 12/7:*** Forecasts look good for trips for sea bass, ling and cod at 5 a.m. today and 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Jamaica II, the party boat’s Facebook page said.

Not a lot of boats were still in the water to fish for striped bass on the ocean, but the fish were decked every day, said Dave from The Reel Seat. On some days, there were keepers. On most days, the fish were throwbacks. Trolling caught keepers, and umbrella rigs with sand eels were trolled. But some boaters trolled Mojos and bunker spoons, because they were old school. Surf fishing was good for throwback stripers, but they were fun on light tackle, and anglers hooked six to 10 in a trip. They fished metal and Tsunami sand eels, but Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows worked the other day. Teasers definitely needed to be fished. A bunch of sundials also swam the surf. When trips had the weather to sail for blackfish, that was good at Axel and Sea Girt reefs. When trips had the weather to push offshore, fishing for sea bass was okay.

Point Pleasant Beach

On the party boat Dauntless, bottom-fishing on the ocean was a little slow, and so was business, and weather wasn’t kind, Capt. Butch said. Weather kept the trips docked a couple of days, and allowed them to sail a couple. But the trips picked away, not bailing fish, but the ones caught were sizable. Anglers bagged five to 10 fish apiece, including a few sea bass still and some blackfish. A few ling came in, not many. A cod was clocked on Monday. Some mackerel were run into aboard a while back, and Butch hopes more will migrate in. Some anglers bagged two or three sea bass and maybe two or three blackfish apiece. Trips fished in 60 feet of water to 120. Butch tried a little deeper a few times, and ling were hooked here and there in those depths, but not enough to keep after them. He’ll keep testing those depths for ling, and is looking for ling and cod to move in. His customers don’t have the patience to only fish for blackfish. They want bites, and if they stop getting bites, they quit fishing. The water farther from shore was 50 to 51 degrees, and close to shore was 46 to 50, depending on location. The mackerel were found a couple of weeks ago. But bluefish had returned then, so Butch went after the blues. The blues since disappeared. But he hopes for mackerel, including because mackerel were heard about from a little farther north. If the autumn, southern migration of mackerel swims close enough to shore, the boat mixes in mackerel fishing with bottom-fishing. Trips are bottom-fishing 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

A trip fished for striped bass Tuesday on the ocean on the Gambler with a small group aboard, a report said Wednesday on the party boat’s website. Steady shots of small stripers were tangled with to the north under birds working bait. Ava-type jigs 2 to 4 ounces mostly caught, with or without tails. Any lure that imitates a sand eel could work. “Just cast and crank fishing,” it said. Lots of fun. The stripers around sometimes include slots and keepers. Just need to be in the right place at the right time. Trips are fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the next days look cold but nice. The cabin is heated, and coffee and Sabrett hot dogs are in the galley. Some room remains for offshore sea bass trips later this month.

The ocean was rough, but blackfish bit Sunday and Monday for anglers on the Norma-K III, a report said on the party boat’s website. “Some nice fish” to a little heavier than 8 pounds were axed, and anglers who worked, limited out. Some anglers only landed throwbacks. The fishing was good, considering the conditions. Green crabs caught great Monday, and white crabs ran out on the vessel. Bring your own if you prefer them, the site said at that time. Trips are blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. ***Update, Friday, 12/7:*** Nice few days on the water, a report said last evening on the boat’s website. Mornings seemed to produce a few blackfish here and there, and afternoons produced a little better. Strong current affected the fishing, unfortunately. But high hooks limited out, some anglers bagged a few less, and some only pitched aboard throwbacks. Pool-winners weighed 7 pounds. The fish are there. You just have to work for them and be patient. The captain noticed that customers yesterday afternoon caught on big white crabs that were quartered. Both greens and whites were now carried aboard.

Toms River

Tons of striped bass averaging 18 to 26 inches bit in the surf from Seaside Heights or Seaside Park to Island Beach State Park, said Dennis from Hook House Bait & Tackle. Ava’s or Tsunami sand eels with teasers caught. Some anglers began to use needlefish plugs like a Super Strike with teasers. Teasers were a must, and any of these lures were fished very slowly, like a slug, because of cold, 45- to 50-degree water. A few hickory shad, not many, pounced on the lures or teasers. Surf casters who fished bait caught sharks and skates. Dennis knew about one bait-angler who beached a couple of stripers Sunday. A little fresh bunker and clams are stocked, and once they run out, Dennis will order no more this year. Boaters on Monday, he thought, trolled the bass tight to the bar near the surf on umbrella rigs with sand eels, no longer bunker spoons, because sand eels schooled. Weather looks chilly but settled for the weekend, and that might be the last “hurrah” for ocean boaters. Winter flounder fishing was fairly good on Shark River. A few flounder were hooked in Point Pleasant Canal when anglers fished for blackfish with clams. A very few blackfish were reeled from the canal. Nobody tried for flounder on the Toms River, but the flatfish are traditionally there this time of year. Hook House, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Seaside Heights

Fewer anglers are fishing the surf now, but the dedicated are catching, a report said on The Dock Outfitters’ website. They’re beaching striped bass, and hit lots yesterday. The fish, swimming at their feet, were only 12 to 26 inches, but were fun, especially on light tackle. Ava jigs and even swimming lures like Daiwa SP Minnows are working, because sand eels are schooling. Nobody knows how long the fishing will continue, but the shop guesses that anglers might give up before the fish are gone. The tackle shop’s hours have been cut to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, a café, a dock for fishing and crabbing, and, in season, boat and jet-ski rentals.

Forked River

Ocean boaters trolled striped bass, and most of the fish seemed to be throwbacks, but some were keepers, said Mike from Grizz’s Bait & Tackle. Keepers were reported today on the radio, and most customers dragged Mojos who trolled for stripers. More customers boated for blackfish on the ocean than for stripers. That angling seemed alright. A 4.98-pound sea bass was weighed-in from an offshore party boat trip. Those trips are fishing 200-foot depths or deeper. Green crabs, eels and all the usual frozen baits are stocked.

Barnegat Light

Charter boats from the docks caught striped bass on the ocean this week, and the Miss Barnegat Light will sail for stripers Saturday and Sunday, the party boat’s Facebook page said. The charters picked up keepers and throwbacks. Weathers looks like it’ll be “settled” in a northwest breeze those days, and the trips will sail 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No customers fished, but the previous report could probably be repeated, said Vince Sr. from Bobbie’s Boat Rentals. He previously said striped bass were boated on the ocean when weather enabled trips to sail, few fished for blackfish on the ocean because of weather, and the tautog could probably still be angled along Barnegat Inlet’s rocks. Heads up: ***All gas and bait will be half-price*** this weekend. Green crabs, live spots and frozen bait are the bait. Sunday will be the final day the store is open before being closed until spring. The gas will be included in the sale because new fuel tanks will be installed in winter. Bobbie’s features a complete bait and tackle shop, a fuel dock and, in season, boat and kayak rentals. The boats are used for fishing, crabbing, clamming and pleasure.

Absecon

Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center snuck out to the ocean and ran a striped bass charter yesterday in the snow, he said. Birds worked the water a half-mile north of Absecon Inlet, and the trip began catching there. The birds quickly disappeared, but the fish remained a couple of hours, not quite a blitz, but they were in. A 28-inch keeper, two slots and a good number of throwbacks were landed, decent fishing. Half were hooked on Gulp Nemesis, and half were taken on livelined spots. Small stripers often grabbed the spots without getting hooked. He canceled another one of the charters for today, because this morning was 27 degrees. Wind was calm, but ocean spray would’ve frozen on the boat and charter. He expects to run one of the trips tomorrow with a charter who’s hardy. Dave yesterday back in port cleared the boat and docks from snow. Then snow fell even harder. Blackfishing was reportedly good farther from shore in 80 feet of water. A couple of more boxes of bloodworms were just stocked, because some customers waxed white perch well on Mullica River. That’s a bait to dunk for them. Live green crabs and spots are carried. Weather looks calm for fishing this weekend. Take advantage of a ***Big Clearance Sale***: 25 percent off reels, 25 percent off trolling gear and 50 percent off everything else, the store’s Facebook page said.

Brigantine

No news was available from the surf, said Capt. Andy from the Riptide Bait & Tackle. Neither was any from the ocean. Just none rolled in. But the store is open, including for holiday gifts and lots of sales. Get 10 percent additional when you buy a gift card. Stock’s famous pound cakes, from Stock’s Bakery in Philly, are in. The store will be open until Christmas and afterward.

Ocean City

Five inches of snow fell yesterday, said Bill from Fin-Atics. The snow was beginning to melt now, and a friend pulled in throwback striped bass last evening from the back bay on soft-plastic lures. Some stripers are hitting there, and some are keepers, actually. That friend whipped a keeper Monday. A few stripers were banked from the surf. A few stripers were boated on the ocean, and not many swam within 3 miles from shore. Apparently a good number schooled beyond 3, where striper fishing is prohibited. No blackfish were really heard about, except Bill saw photos of good-sized during the weekend. Frozen bait and eels are stocked.

Sea Isle CityL

Striped bass were boated yesterday from the ocean, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. “Stripers in the snow, buddy,” he said, and they’re still around. Will he fish for them this weekend? Absolutely, he said. A dusting of snow to 3 inches fell at Sea Isle, but the snow was very localized. If you got into band, you got walloped. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog. Annual traveling charters will fish the Florida Keys from Christmas to Easter. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website.

Cape May

Not a lot of the blackfish trips aboard had the weather to sail, said Capt. Paul from the party boat Porgy IV. But a trip fished well Wednesday for the tautog on the vessel. A few anglers limited out, and a few more blackfish bit than sometimes. Kevin Olbrich from Pittsgrove nailed a 9-pounder that was biggest on the outing. He and his dad limited on the trip, and Ken Minnett from Mays Landing and Bob Key from Lancaster did, too. Mike Jung on the trip bagged three of the fish to an 8-pounder. Friday’s trip failed to bag many. Not a lot of anglers joined Saturday’s and Sunday’s trips, but the trips bagged some blackfish. Weather was miserable Sunday, but Sam Oh from Broomall iced an 8- or 9-pounder that day aboard. Every day fishes differently. The boat’s slated to sail for blackfish at 8 a.m. daily.