Remember when we used to have those massive mackerel runs out of OC during late winter/early spring? Well, Smellslikefish tipped me off to the fact that these fish have been running lately, up off the Jersey coast. So last weekend we jumped into the truck, rolled up the Jersey Turnpike, and got aboard the Miss Belmar Princess for a nice winter fishing diversion. The bite wasn't exactally stellar - it started out slow, got worse, then ended with a great run of fish during the last hour - but it felt GREAT to get out on the ocean and feel something pulling on the end of the line! Plus, the boat was very reasonable ($30 for the kids, $50 for the adults). We ended the day with 25 mackerel in the cooler, 14 massive mono-on-braid tangles, (we had the braid - we win!) and 3 very happy kids. Good, clean winter fun!