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Posted on December 22, 2020 Stripers disappear off Sandy Hook – but not in surf Migrating fish don’t always follow the script, and that was the case today with those that have been so abundant off Sandy Hook. Capt. Rob Semkewyc didn’t know if he’d find any stripers yesterday with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands when he sailed for the first time since the storm. As noted last night, the bass were more scattered though some fares caught over 40 — which would be considered great during a normal fall. Yet, Rob was shocked to find nothing at all in the same area today even though there was no change in weather. He also looked around in other areas without finding anything. As a result, the Sea Hunter is finished for the season. On the other hand, Mike Monte reported his best surfcasting of the fall as he got into better-sized bass from 26 to 30 inches on Tsunami Sand Eels in the Belmar area and released five. Northwest winds at 15-20 knots are forecast for the morning before increasing to 20-25 in the afternoon.

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