Until we get extended, colder temperatures for Allentown area ponds and lakes to freeze for ice fishing, there’s big fish action going on at the Jersey shore.
No, not the weekly Jersey Shore TV show, and no Snookie. But merely giant sea bass, cod, ling and some straggling blues are being caught.
Capt. Howard Bogan, piloting the Big Jamaica out of Brielle, NJ, has been having luck with seas bass up to seven pounds, cod up to 10 pounds and a few black fish.
Right before the Christmas weekend, Bogan found good sea bass action despite choppy seas. Many passengers took their limits. A few bluefish were taken offshore but most fish coming over the rails were giant sea bass.
Since the offshore migration has begun, Bogan believes fishing should pick up especially when water temperatures drop.
To check their sailing schedules and species pursued, visit www.bigjamaica.com or call 732-528-5014.
SALTWATER ANGLER REGISTRY
If you fish the Delaware River below Trenton Falls or in the Delaware River Estuary where anglers target or catch shad, striped bass and river herring, did you know that residents and non-residents – 16 years and older – are required to register before fishing there.
To register free of a fee, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is offering saltwater anglers free registration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) beginning Jan. 1. On that date, anglers who fish in Pennsylvania and its boundary waters have the option to register through the free PA Saltwater Angler Registry Program (PA-SARP), or for a fee, through the federal online registry. Or, you can call toll-free 888-674-7411.
To register on the PF&BC site, click on the web button in the left column called “PA-SARP” which directs anglers to the free registration page.
Upon registering, you may be asked by NOAA to participate in surveys about your fishing activity. Information obtained through these surveys helps to determine the health and sustainability of marine fisheries and to make informal decisions about catch limits for the following year according to the PF&BC.
Anglers must have a valid PA fishing license prior to registering with PA-SARP. However, anglers need not register if they meet one of the following exceptions.
1. Being under the age of 16
2. Hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit
3. Fish commercially under a valid license
4. Possess a valid registration with the National Saltwater Angler Registry administrated by NOAA or from another exempted state
As a side note, river herring (aka alewife and blueback herring) and hickory shad (endangered species) are regulated with a year-round closed fishing season. These species are not to be targeted and if caught, must be immediately released.
The PF&BC suggest anglers carry their PA Saltwater Angler Registration Card with them while fishing as proof of compliance with the program. And to be sure of compliance, contact the applicable state agency when fishing tidal waters outside of Pennsylvania.
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