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Date posted January 25, 2013 8:54 PM
Posted by fishhead1985
Report location New Jersey > Shark River/Manasquan Inlet > Offshore seabassing on the Big Jamaica: ice cold skies, red hot wrecking!!!!!!
Fishing method Boat
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When it comes to offshore seabass, two weeks is, for me, a very long time. That is exactly how long it had been since my last trip, until today. In a way, I am almost embarrassed to say that, although I've been on many offshore seabass trips, I'd never done one with the family that started it all.



That is, also, until today, when I took an offshore trip on the Big Jamaica out of Brielle, NJ. The 125' boat proved itself perfect for handling the nautical and frigid conditions that awaited us on the way out to the wrecks. When we got there, after a five hour ride, smoke was spewing from the 53 degree water because the air was a frigid 20 something and yes, we did have some flurries (obviously, when we get back, I had to drive back in quite a bit of snow).



Ice cold though the air was, the fishing was red hot; savage would be the proper way to describe it. It was basically two stop shopping; seven hours at the first wreck and two at the next stop. Both were packed with huge, hungry, and feisty giant seabass, colossal porgies and, of course, bluefish. It was basically a matter of "drop your bait; count to three; strike!" I had six or seven seabass double headers during the day, almost as many porgy double headers, mixed doubles, and scored a porgy triple.



Suffice to say, my wrists are killing me! I had no problem getting my 15 fish limit on seabass from three to five pounds and my 20 fish limit on porgies from 14 to 18," after which I had tons of fun playing catch and release; also had a half dozen blues. The pool winner was a seven pound pollock and I had my first pollock, too; just a schoolie that was released.



In terms of pure action, this was probably one of the best trips that I've ever been a part of. I used both a hi lo 6/0 jellyworm rig and a 3 hook 4/0 rig, because porgies, though closed in New York, are very much open in the Garden State. Both worked equally well for me.



Including the many keeper seabass and porgies that I released, I lost count of the number of fish that I caught, and most others around the boat enjoyed similar results. Just as well, it turned out to be a gorgeous day for January...but even if it hadn't, we would have made the best of it and, yes, I think we would have caught fish, too.



Thanks again to the legendary Howard Bogan and crew. The two week wait was well worth it!




Look at THIS porg zilla


double trouble


Nice Pollock takes the pool


Shoe size 13 and porgy size 17


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Seaguar


Joined: 11/15/2004
Posts: 689
Location: Queens
 01/25/2013 11:18 PM  

Nice Job!

NICE JOB!!!!
Too bad they don't take advance reservation by phone. I like to book one with a bunk, but they want a check (payment) first. It so happens your check don't get there on time, you don't have a bunk.


Seaguar

This post edited by Seaguar 11:25 PM 01/25/2013
 
italianfishermn


Joined: 07/31/2009
Posts: 1721
Location: NY BIGHT
 01/26/2013 06:10 AM  

upup


i only fish on days that end in Y..
 
tommy2fish


Joined: 01/05/2009
Posts: 402
 01/26/2013 08:56 AM  

nice


it's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker
 
hooksalot


Joined: 01/02/2009
Posts: 6610
Location: Bay ridge Brooklyn!
 01/26/2013 09:18 AM  

Good work thereup


Prowling the shore line's!
 
fishhead1985


Joined: 08/29/2009
Posts: 1667
Location: The World
 01/26/2013 09:33 AM  

Thanks

One guy actually got a TRIPLE LIMIT of porgies, seabass, AND bluefish. That's how CRAZY it got!



 
kenbase2006


Joined: 01/24/2009
Posts: 100
Location: FISHEN FRENZY
 01/26/2013 11:10 AM  

FEED ME MORE!!!! FEED ME MORE!!!!

EXCELLANT WISH I WAS THERE!!!!upupReallyupup
 
fishhead1985


Joined: 08/29/2009
Posts: 1667
Location: The World
 01/26/2013 11:36 AM  

kenbase2006 wrote:

EXCELLANT WISH I WAS THERE!!!!upupReallyupup


I wish you were, too, but there's still another month left in the season. Not sure if you've been out already, but you'll get 'em...GOTTA CHECK THOSE FORECASTS RELIGIOUSLY!!!!!
 
snakestriper


Joined: 06/22/2008
Posts: 156
 01/26/2013 11:53 AM  

Great report! I had similar fishing experiences on the Jamaica, always came home with my limit.
 
kenbase2006


Joined: 01/24/2009
Posts: 100
Location: FISHEN FRENZY
 01/26/2013 12:33 PM  

BEEN OUT A COUPLE OF TIMES !!!

fishhead1985 wrote:

kenbase2006 wrote:

EXCELLANT WISH I WAS THERE!!!!upupReallyupup


I wish you were, too, but there's still another month left in the season. Not sure if you've been out already, but you'll get 'em...GOTTA CHECK THOSE FORECASTS RELIGIOUSLY!!!!!


FISHING WAS ALSO GREAT A COUPLE OF TIMES I WAS OUT !!! GOING OUT FRIDAY
 
ffishhunterusa


Joined: 12/08/2012
Posts: 4501
Location: IN THE SURF ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND
 01/26/2013 12:52 PM  

up nice prok chop


CATCH AND RELEASE STRIPEBASS LIBBA #1000
 
stevepanther


Joined: 11/16/2008
Posts: 288
 01/27/2013 01:54 AM  

JUSTIN nice job buddyupup
 
PiermontParker

Joined: 07/30/2012
Posts: 21
 01/28/2013 03:32 PM  

I have done 2 seabass trips on the Big J since the season opened. It is just not slowing down. The bight has been crazy since day one. Awesome report - Porgies are getting bigger and more of them! nice to add them to the cooler with the 15 sea bass bag limit.
 
PiermontParker

Joined: 07/30/2012
Posts: 21
 01/28/2013 03:35 PM  

Seaguar wrote:

NICE JOB!!!!
Too bad they don't take advance reservation by phone. I like to book one with a bunk, but they want a check (payment) first. It so happens your check don't get there on time, you don't have a bunk.



Call the office - send your pmt via fed ex or UPS and give them the trascking number - that is accepted to reserve your spot.

If trip is cancelled due to weather( happened to me last week). They give you 3 options - next available trip - reschedule anytime you want - or send you your money back.
 
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