Despite the brutal cold between Christmas and New Years, a few brave souls still put in their time for some big blackfish while finishing out the 2017 sea bass season with a few humpbacks. However, anglers are hit with a new weather term bombogenesis when a rare winter cyclone in the Atlantic brings heavy snow accumulation with wind gusts just shy of hurricane strength to the coastal region. The silver lining to this return of a real Northeast winter is good ice has been reported this week in many ponds and smaller lakes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with expectations high for larger water bodies like Hopatcong and Collins Cove on the Mullica. The party and charter fleet hopes to return to the action as soon as the docks and parking areas are cleared, with cod, pollock, ling and tautog on tap for those ready to get back into the action. As for black sea bass, the New Jersey marine fisheries council will meet on Thursday, January 11 to review options (meeting on Thursday, January 4th was postponed due to the bomb cyclone!) Get the full NJ/DE forecast as we shovel out with the rest of The Fisherman community!