They “did good.”

That’s the way John Nigro reported the catch on the last three offshore trips by the Susan Hudson party boat that is sailing a limited schedule from Sea Isle City.

Captain Mike Weigle last made a winter voyage with 10 dedicated, chilled fishers Sunday.

Nigro said those cold-water fishing diehards were waiting and freezing at the Starfish fleet headquarters when he arrived.

The Susan Hudson is fishing for tautog, Nigro said. Weigel reported all on board caught keepers Sunday.

Nigro said the Susan Hudson is scheduled to sail this weekend, leaving at 8 a.m.

Patti Wingerter, an avid fisher from Atlantic City, just got back from a two-week trip to Florida.

She said it was “nice and warm” at first, but there were times when it was colder there than here, and with plenty of wind, blowing 40 mph at times. Those conditions did not entirely stop her from catching fish.

She said Friday she never has been as cold while fishing on at least one of her Florida trips. She said it was warmer here when she was out in the ocean off Atlantic City catching striped bass before she headed to Florida.

She stays at Pine Island near Fort Myers on the state’s west coast and has a dock out back with lights that attract snook. She took a ride over to Mosquito Lagoon, which is near Cape Canaveral. She racked up tarpon, sheepshead, red drumfish and mangroves on her latest Florida venture. She got back Jan. 7. And, she said ,the Atlantic City back bays are clear, with no ice.

Bruce Gehringer tried to fish for white perch in the Mullica River area Tuesday. He is another avid local fisher and enjoys going out on the local streams and rivers in his kayak.

The Galloway Township resident said he was surprised he could not find a place to launch. He said the water along the banks had ice but was too thin from which to fish.

He said he had 40 keeper-size white perch, with one weighing 1.93 pounds on one trip before Christmas.

He had some long-lasting surviving bloodworm he got Tuesday from Dave Showell at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon. Gehringer and Showell both said grass shrimp, a prime bait for white perch, seem to be hiding.

Looks like a warmup and mild conditions are in the forecast for this weekend. Ocean fishing for tautog has been strong and likely will be again.

Fundraisers for fishers

The New Jersey Beach Buggy Association and the Toms River South High School Fishing Club will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 27, in the school cafeteria. The high school is located at 55 Hyers Street off Hooper Avenue south in Toms River.

Call the NJBBA’s Gary Conk at 609-556-9241 to reserve a table or for more details.

The annual fundraiser for the Southern Regional High School fishing club activities is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Feb. 17 in the Southern Regional Middle School cafeteria.

Organizers say the market will have more than 100 tables. Seminars about fishing in local waters from local experts will be held at 9, 9:45 and 10:30 a,m.

Admission is $4 (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult).

For information, contact Jason Hoch at 609-597-9481, Ext. 2120.

The Ocean County Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation will have its flea market Feb. 3 at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 W. Cala Breeze Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is $3.

Call Frank Munios at 732-267-6451.

Meetings and more

Some upcoming events to keep in mind:

Feb. 6-8, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission winter meetings, Arlington, Virginia; Feb. 13-15, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina; Feb. 24, Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Linwood Country Club; Feb, 28-March 4, Atlantic City Boat Show at Atlantic City Convention Center.

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Mike Shepherd is the retired sports editor of The Press. His column appears during the winter in the Saturday print editions and online.

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