They said the Berkeley Surf Club was holding its catch-and-release contest that was producing lots of shorts in the Island Beach State Park wash. Mark Roy tried to get out Friday with his Release Me from Raritan Marina, but the northeast wind even had Raritan Bay rolling and he finished out his season by trolling for awhile.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported good news about striper jigging yesterday as he got into lots of life with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, and many bass were jigged before everything went dead about 11 30. The Jamaica II reported a sluggish trip last Friday with only ling on deep wrecks, but Saturday's 24-hour trip was excellent with big sea bass and porgies plus a few cod and pollock.
The Jamaica has room on its offshore wreck trip for jumbo sea bass at 10 p. m. Wednesday. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina reports several regulars at the ,shop did a blackfish trip yesterday on Parker Pete's that worked out well.
Bad weather today resulted in lots of cancellations, but many boats will be back at it on Wednesday. They also noted that there was a striper blitz at Gillikin's in Island Beach State Park the previous afternoon as school bass were chasing peanut bunkers onto the beach.
Capt. Dave Riback had a legal bass today on the Queen Mary as Jim Stieves boated a 30-incher while releasing 10 shorts. The Jamaica from Brielle had good fishing for jumbo sea bass plus porgies on offshore wrecks over the weekend.
The Tackle Box in Hazlet weighed a huge 17 1 2-pound blackfish boated by Bob Fecso of Freehold on a whitelegger at Sandy Hook Reef from Ryan Burlew's Thelma Sea II. The Jamaica II from Brielle reported a sluggish Friday with only some ling on deep wrecks, but an excellent Saturday with big sea bass and porgies plus a few cod and pollock.
Capt. Rob Semkewcyz was also into that action with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. Mark Roy ran his Release Me from Raritan Marina off Sandy Hook and had constant action trolling umbrella rigs as 58 shorts were released.
Striped bass seemed to almost completely disappear after Monday's southerly storm, but there was at least a bit of good news from one Thanksgiving morning party boat trip. Unlike the last two falls, there's been no concentration of big bass feeding on sand eels off Fire Island and Shinnecock, and New England anglers suffered through their worst striper fishing in years.