Cold, windy and snowy — that has been a big part of the story so far this winter fishing season. Still, hardy anglers have been making offshore trips to brave the ocean elements.
Capt. Ryan Bogan of the Jamaica II out of Brielle reported a fairly decent pick of ling and cod on their 12 hour wreck trip this past weekend.
Anglers Tim Trinh Highland Park caught four cod to 12 pounds and 10 ling, Doug Smith Jackson won the pool with a 14-pound cod and landed three others and Young Won, of Ridgewood had three cod to 12 pounds and 13 ling.
The Jamaica II is now sailing 12 Hour trips every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 a.m.. They also have scheduled 14 hour cod trips for Jan. 22, 26, 29, Feb. 19 and 26 March 5, 12, and 26. These trips leave the dock at 3 a.m.
Capt. Scott Hilliard of the Prowler V, Atlantic Highlands, made a trip for blackfish this week with a light crowd on the boat. Hilliard said the ocean was very flat and they were able to get their anchors out and stay on one piece all day.