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Big Jamaica

July 16, 2018:
On the 125' Big Jamaica, Capt. Howard said fishing was very good into the weekend. Patrons have been catching sea bass, mackerel, ling and bluefish and everyone has been going home with fish. "At times we saw big schools of mackerel swimming through the chum slick and taking the baits," he said. They have been catching fish well into the day and leaving them biting. Peter Cullari from Bayville, NJ, won a pool with a 4-pound sea bass. Capt. Francis on the Paramount said the ling fishing has been excellent, with double- and triple-header ling coming up and some cod and winter flounder mixed in. Chester Turko from Elizabeth had 28 ling and a pair of flounder, Bob Amy had 40 ling and one flounder, Frank Quadrino from Lacey had 50 ling and a flounder, Herb Newhaus from Farmingdale, NJ, had 32 ling and Russel from Union Beach had 35 ling and two flounder. The combo trip saw everyone with their limit of two sea bass and high hooks of 20 to 25 ling. Their afternoon trips have been very good, too, with fluke in the mix as well.

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    On the 125' Big Jamaica, Capt. Howard said the fishing has been good, with a mix of bluefish, sea bass, ling and fluke. One day started with bluefish in the 2- to 5-pound range, and when the bite has slowed down, switched to sea bass and bottom fishing to round out the catches. Capt. Francis on the Paramount said the ling and winter flounder fishing continues to be solid. Trips last week were very productive, he said. Some catches of note: Tim Dickerson from Wanaque had 26 ling, two bass, two flounder, and a fluke that won a pool; Bill Bisecker from Trenton had 40 ling and two bass, and Andrew Gigante had two sea bass and 20 ling. There were a number of anglers who had 20 to 40 ling along with sea bass and winter flounder. Some of the ling are very big and there have been some nice cod mixed in.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    On the 125' Big Jamaica, Capt. Howard said they are reading bluefish and seeing some on the surface but they aren't always biting the way he would like to see. "We do catch some every drift," he said. Brendan Bohan from Rutherford won one of the pools but the size of the fish wasn't mentioned. The last tilefishing trip was very good, he said. "We caught fish the entire trip, mostly golden tilefish, a few white hake, and a pollock." Capt. Francis on the Paramount said the ling and winter flounder fishing has been great, even on days where the wind has blown hard and conditions have not been great. There have been decent catches of both fish regardless, he said. Ryan Corvin from Clark had 37 ling, including the pool-winner. Adam Drekins from Lake Wallenpaupack had 49 ling, Chester Turko from Elizabeth had 34 ling, Dennis Stock from Fairfield had 35 ling, and Bob Amy from Allentown, PA, had close to 40 ling and a flounder.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    On the 125' Big Jamaica, Capt. Howard said the bluefish were a little finicky heading into the weekend. "We read plenty of fish but couldn't get them to turn on like previous days," he said. Customers caught smaller fish early in the trip and then bigger blues later on. They also had a bit of a show with a humpback whale for a while toward the end of Thursday's trip, Howard said. Pool winners during the week were Todd Hahn from Nazareth, PA, with a 15-pounder; David Cohen from Manalapan with a 20-pounder; Jack Famulard from Easton, PA, with an 18-pounder; Abdullah Samareen from Philadelphia with an 18-pounder and Stephen Chesonis from Hopatcong with a 20-pounder. The boat was sailing for tilefish Sunday evening. Capt. Francis on the Paramount said his customers have been catching ling along with some cod and winter flounder while they have been sea bassing. Now that sea bass season is closed until July 1 (two fish bag limit), they will be focusing solely on the bottom fish, because the ling fishing has been very good.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    On the 125' Big Jamaica, Capt. Howard said bluefishing has been good. They have been catching plenty of blues on jigs and a few on crocs. There has been good life on the surface and plenty of readings over the schools of bluefish. The last tilefish trip was canceled due to uncooperative weather but one is scheduled for Sunday. The tilefishing has been very good, he said. Afternoon family fun trips start next week and along with Fishing and Fireworks on Thursday nights. Call the office for details. Capt. Francis on the Paramount said the sea bass fishing was a little slower over the weekend. There were some nice-sized keepers, but the number of keepers and the percentage was poor. Ling and winter flounder have been rounding out the catches. The keeper percentage seems to be better during the week than it is on the weekends. The sea bass season closes this week so get out while you can.

Big Jamaica

Big Jamaica
Bogan's Basin
800 Ashley Ave
Brielle, NJ 08732
phone: 732-528-5014 | fax: 732-528-0223

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