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November 13, 2017:
The 125' Big Jamaica made its first offshore wreck trip over the weekend and Capt. Howard said there was a boat limit of sea bass, quite a few porgies, some cod and some bluefish mixed into the catch. Richard D Wilson from Mount Rainier, MD, won the pool with a 22-pound cod and second place went to Mike Gudewitz from Howell with a 14-pound cod. He said the fishing should continue to improve as the water temperature drops. He said there are still a lot of tuna being caught by the commercial longliners offshore and they are pulling in bigeye, yellowfin and longfin tuna but the boat's final trip was departing Wednesday. The boat will be on a regular wreck-fishing schedule going forward. Don't forget about the Thanksgiving Day striped bass special. Over on the Paramount Capt. Tony said sea bass fishing has been great. Limit catches have been common on the boat and there are porgies mixed in as well. There was a significant amount of action on sea bass both shorts and keepers, so combined with the porgies it was pretty much non-stop action. Ryan Corbin from Clark had six porgies and his limit of 15 keeper sea bass; Noel Otto and Paul from Wall combined for 30 sea bass and 10 porgies; Big Don and Frank from the Highlands combined for 30 sea bass and 11 porgies; Dan Signal from Trenton had 13 sea bass and three porgies; Robert Clancy from Hoboken had 14 sea bass and a half dozen porgies; James O'Brien from Hammonton had his limit of 15 sea bass and a pair of porgies and Paul Matthews from Parsippany had 15 sea bass and seven porgies. Starting November 29 they will have special 14-hour wreck trips on Wednesdays. They are sailing daily otherwise and Friday and Saturday nights for bluefish.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard on the 125' Big Jamaica was out at the canyon Saturday night into Sunday. The previous canyon trip produced yellowfin, longfin and bluefin tuna as well as some mahi. The night bluefish trips have been very good with jumbo fish taking primarily bait, he said. He has a few more canyon trips available, plus giant sea bass trips on the schedule. Don't forget about the Thanksgiving Day striped bass special, too. Capt. Tony on the Paramount has been very pleased with the sea bass fishing. His customers have had plenty of sea bass, lots of porgies and some triggerfish. There are monster bluefish around that forced the boat to move while they were fishing for the sea bass and porgies, he said. Catches have been anywhere from 20 to a limit of 50 porgies per person, and anywhere from a few to the limit of 15 per person. The bluefish got some of the fish that would have wound up in cooler, he said. "We have not seen any signs of things slowing down," he said. "On the contrary, fishing has continued to get better!" They have a special offshore sea bass, porgies, ling and cod trip scheduled for Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. It is a limited trip and paid reservations are required in advance. They are sailing daily otherwise and Friday and Saturday nights for bluefish.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard on the 125' Big Jamaica said the canyon fishing was decent on Friday night, with a quick limit of school bluefin tuna. They also caught some nice yellowfin and big longfin, he said. They fished at the 100 Fathom line and had one swordfish bit before the tuna started to bite, though he said they had good action for about 2-12 hours, with a few mahi-mahi boated as well. They were expecting to get out later in the week after the weekend's storm cleared out. The Jamaica has 31- and 22-hour overnight trips to the canyons. Giant sea bass trips are on the schedule as well. Capt. Tony on the Paramount said the sea bass fishing was slow but improved as the week progressed, and there were plenty of porgies to round out the catches. Most anglers had 15 to 30 porgies each. Rough weather disrupted the trips, with Tuesday's trip and the weekend trips canceled. But Tony said the sea bass action had improved later on, though there were a lot more throwbacks than keepers. Porgies continued to provide a big lift. Ezra Nanton from Rahway had 32 porgies and four sea bass, Louise and Lyle Johnson from Philadelphia combined for seven keeper sea bass and 27 porgies, Ryan Corbin from Clark had six sea bass and 18 porgies, John Baker from Trenton had six sea bass and 22 porgies, Dan Gallagher from East Hanover had two sea bass and 16 porgies, Ronald Cooper from Dover, DE had two sea bass and 23 porgies and Sergei Skerloff from Newark had three sea bass and 19 porgies.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard on the 125' Big Jamaica said the tuna trips have been productive. On the trip Friday they caught several longfin and the limit of three bluefin along with a number of mahi-mahi. The trip midweek started slow, but in an area with a mako feeding on the surface, they landed some longfin, two swordfish and released another sword. Ron Taurick landed a 150-pound swordfish. A move to a previously productive area quickly resulted in the boat limit of three bluefin tuna and some more released. Pedro Decosta and Jeff Simpson each landed one on a sardine bait on a flat line. Another angler landed one on a jig and lost another on a jig. "A big thanks to Ron Taurick, who not only fed the crew but, also many of the passengers this trip. Breakfast and lunch both days of the trip, all on a George Foreman grill. Thanks Ron, you certainly deserved that 150-pound swordfish!" Canyon trips will sail through November 10. Capt. Tony on the Paramount was excited about sea bass season as well. The Paramount sailed for ling and bottom fish midweek and had ling, winter flounder, porgies and some purple hake. He said, "It was a funky day because some anglers did very well and other anglers just picked a few. Little things made a big difference." Dogfish were a problem but he said those who went with just one hook low did better than those with more than one hook. Kerwin Singletary from Burlington had a dozen ling and four porgies, Tim Dickerson from Wanaque had a dozen ling, three porgies and one purple hake, Jeff Schwarz from Lake Hiawatha had 20 ling and a pair of porgies, Ralph Morello from Philadelphia had two ling, one porgy and the pool-winning cod, and Chester Turko from Elizabeth had 20 ling and three porgies.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    The 125' Big Jamaica made it out to the canyon during the week but the weather has really been a challenge, Capt. Howard said. A midweek trip resulted in plenty of mahi-mahi caught, along with several tuna – yellowfin and longfin – and a 56-inch swordfish. Most of the fish were caught on bait, and a few on jigs, he said. The schedule is posted on the website and he posts updates and schedule changes as well. The Paramount reported good catches of bonito and false albacore and ling on trips before the storm that messed things up late in the week. The boat was out fishing over the weekend and with the reports of a variety of fish around, they will likely have good reports when they get back.

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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