any know if any party boats are still going out for macks out of capemay or bareneget light??
want to take my son out for some and the boat isent reaby because of the rain. maby some phone #s too thanks
Published in the Asbury Park Press 4/16/04
The fish that party boat captains from Manasquan, Shark River and Barnegat inlets want to see is the Boston mackerel.
There are ling, blackfish, occasional school cod and a few sea bass on the wrecks to give anglers something to take home for dinner, but mackerel will provide the bulk that has been missed for months.
The mackerel is one of the last fish that anglers can count on to measure their harvest in bags, tubs or coolers-full. There is no recreational limit on the fish, and it is abundant enough at the height of the spring, fall or winter runs that anglers can make huge catches.
Capt. Hank Leonard, owner of the Golden Eagle out of Belmar Marine Basin, said he has heard enough encouraging news about the mackerel migration off Cape May to lead him to expect mackerel locally any day.
He reminds every year about this time that his "Mackerel Express" zeroes in on fish that traditionally follow the Cape May mackerel by the calendar, but they are not the same fish.
"The fish we catch don't come up from Cape May," he said. "They come in from the east. We're going to start looking for them on Saturday."
His belief is founded on the evidence that the mackerel often migrate in only a few days after the Cape May fish, and without any patterned movement along the southern coast.
Others who will take advantage of the mackerel when they arrive include Capt. Bob Elsey on the Nighthawk and Capt. Jimmy Elliott of the Suzie Girl, both out of Belmar, and Capt. Dave Bogan Jr., Paramount, Brielle, and Capt. Willie Egerter III, Dauntless, Point Pleasant Beach.
Capt. Bob Bogan Jr., Gambler, Point Pleasant Beach, said he will watch the mackerel fishery's development, but at present thinks he will stick with blackfish, ling and sea bass until the fluke arrive.