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Big Jamaica

October 15, 2018:
Capt. Howard said the 125' Big Jamaica found good fishing for sea bass to start off the fall season for them. Night bluefishing has been excellent on the weekends, with plenty of fish going into coolers and some albacore mixed in. The blues are mostly 2 to 5 pounds, with some 8- to 10-pounders in the mix. The boat was out at the canyon over the weekend, and the mahi fishing has produced limit catches with some very large fish caught. They are taking reservations for giant sea bass trips in November and December. The sea bass fishing has at times had porgies mixed in, which Howard said is dependent on location. Capt. Francis on the Paramount found the fishing was very good over the weekend. "We sailed with a big crowd and banged away at sea bass and porgies all day long. Despite a bit of a sea, we managed to put together a great catch especially considering the size of the crowd," he said.

Previous Reports

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard said the 125' Big Jamaica is focused on offshore canyon tuna fishing and has a number of trips to the edge on his schedule. He was sailing Monday for the opening day of black sea bass, but much of his schedule in the coming days is devoted to tuna. He also has posted his Thanksgiving Day Striped Bass special. Capt. Francis on the Paramount will be night fishing for bluefish on Fridays and Saturdays while the Jamaica is at the canyons seeking tuna. With sea bass season reopening this week, the 14-hour Fish-A-Thons have started. These trips are limited so call to reserve your spot as walking on is not guaranteed. Ling fishing has been decent and there have been winter flounder as well. Throwback sea bass have been promising.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard said the 125' Big Jamaica has been finding very good bluefishing on its night trips. The daytime trips have been producing as well, with lots of limit catches and a few albacore and porgies in the mix. Gerardo Morales from Newark, DE, won a pool with a 12-pound bluefish. He said the canyon trips have produced a few tuna but very good fishing for mahi, with fish up to 30 pounds being caught. There are more tuna trips on the schedule, and when sea bass reopens on Oct. 8, they will be fishing for those as well. Capt. Francis said the Paramount has been doing some night bluefishing trips and they have been very good with fish in the 3- to 5-pound range. Many anglers are catching their limits. The middle of the week was disrupted by rough seas but fishing resumed with solid catches.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    Capt. Howard had the 125' Big Jamaica out on a 22-hour tuna trip over the weekend. Those trips are running through early November. Other days the boat has been chumming and chunking for bonito, albacore, and bluefish. One of those trips started out mostly albacore with a few bonito and blues mixed in but shifted as the day went on with more bluefish caught. He said there were a good number of porgies in the mix as well. Nick Vanni from Fair Lawn won a pool with a 12-pound bluefish. Capt. Francis said the Paramount fished for ling during the week; one trip was "meh!" he said, because the current made some spots virtually unfishable. "It was the last spot that saved the day," he said. Greg McCray from Plainfield had 13 ling, Wayne Melish from Lagrange, NY had 10 ling, Travis Jackson from Newark had 16 ling and Sean Lodzinski from Brick had a great day with 35 ling. Another trip had better fishing though the current was still funky. Tim Magee from the Bronx had 21 ling, Dennis Stock from Fairfield had 28 ling, Chester Turko from Elizabeth had 35 ling and Noel from Manasquan had 15 ling. The boat sails daily, weather permitting, for ling, cod and winter flounder until sea bass season reopens on October 8th.

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    The 125' Big Jamaica did not sail most of the week due to the effects of Hurricane Florence, but Capt. Howard said the boat was out Sunday morning seeking bluefish, bonito and more. He said the tuna trip they took before the hurricane started to affect the area was not as productive for yellowfin but they caught lots of large mahi on the trip. There was plenty of life but the tuna were not biting well. The boat is sailing regularly and has tuna trips scheduled through early November. Capt. Francis on the Paramount kept the boat at the dock until Sunday because the seas were so rough.

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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