Anyone fishing the mouth of Raritan Bay this afternoon could hardly have missed catching stripers to his heart's content. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, reports that James Weir of Belmar caught four stripers up to 12 pounds on a Tsunami Shad cast at his local beach.
They ranged from small up to 28 1 2 inches, bur when Many got the word that the bite had turned on at the mouth of the bay he ran down there to get into heavy marks. I released a couple of keeper bass in the East River on eels, but that bite wasn't turned on.
The Jamaica II sails 12-hour sea bass trips at 5 a. m. Wed. -Fri. -- plus 14-hour runs at 3 a. m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Jim Hutchinson Sr. sent the following report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Black sea bass action is still good on the wrecks and reefs off the port of Beach Haven, the mahi and tuna are still offshore when conditions permit trips out there, but the annual striped bass migration has the captains anxiously awaiting their arrival.
Today's east wind kept the surf rough and dirty -- and also made for uncomfortable fishing in the ocean. Mark Roy of Warren is taking a break in Florida, and was committed to catching his first bonefish.
Now, Capt. Dave Riback of the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant says they're all over 10 pounds, mostly in the mid-teens, plus some in the 20-pound class -- and there's lots of them. He found enough keepers on the N. J. side before going over to N. Y. where lots of bonus bass were released -- though he ended up being able to keep some some of them upon returning to N. J. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reported a good start to winter flounder fishing at both ends of the canal on both worms and clams.
Heinrich soon decided to leave the traffic and smaller fish to the west in order to take his chances with finding bigger bass that we could cast lures to -- and a call from Fisher Price IV put us on readings near the mouth of the bay. Chuck Many of Annandale had a great day of striper fishing Wednesday with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as he and Alex Katyan got into schoolies on shads off Great Kills at dawn before going up to the Hudson and East rivers for non-stop action with bigger bass up to a 32-pounder -- ending up with over 100 releases during a long day.
Raritan Bay turned on today with birds and bait all over, and bass of all sizes. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had it's best fishing of the season for jumbo blues with all you wanted on both bait and Run-Off Hammer jigs.
In addition to the bottom fishing for sea bass a Surfcasters got back into business today, though waters were still stained after the weekend storm. Yet, he still caught two short stripers up to 24 inches on a Tsunami Sand Eel plus a small fluke -- and saw another angler release a 30-inch bass on a bucktail.