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Posted on October 31, 2020 Sea Hunter and Fishermen get into stripers There was good striper action out of Atlantic Highlands today for a variety of sizes. Capt. Rob Semkewyc said there were some slot stripers mixed in with the big bass which had been dominating on his Sea Hunter. Those N.J. anglers who haven’t applied for a Bonus Bass must do so today by visiting the N.J. Division of Fish and Game web site. Capt. Ron Santee Jr, made his first striper trip with the Fishermen and was frustrated at first by bass on the surface that wouldn’t hit a variety of lures. However, after the tide change it was game on! Most of the bass were large, as Ron weighed fish of 52, 44 and 42 pounds before the releases. Most were 30-38 inches, and there were no slots. Both plain jigs and those with tube tails worked in the deeper waters. Those skippers will be sailing tomorrow, but not on Monday due to strong winds. The Golden Eagle from Belmar won’t be sailing through Tuesday while an engine problem is being repaired. Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers from7:30 to 3:30, and Royal Miss Belmar seeks stripers from 6 to 1 tomorrow. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that large winter flounder have turned on for those casting from the docks with worms and clams. The Jamaica from Brielle has set up a 14-hour tuna trip which sails at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The fare is $360, and reservations can be made by calling 732 528-5014. The marine forecast for Sunday is southwest 10-15 knots before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon — and to gusts to 35 knots after midnight. A cold northwester on Monday will blow 25-30 knots. The Jamaica from Brielle has set up a 14-hour tuna trip which sails at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations on the $360 trip.

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