Posted on December 1, 2020 West winds should clear surf John Bushell Jr. of Betty Nick s Tackle in Seaside Park said yesterday s gale was worse than predicted and left the surf rough and dirty but the west winds coming should cure that problem. The marine forecast is for west winds at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 in the morning which should reduce the 5-8-foot seas.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported the ocean striper fishing was a pick among lots of fish in sight. Bob Matthews at Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina said the striper boats there have had good jigging off Highlands, and blackfishing is good at times.
Posted on November 28, 2020 Great striper fishing for boaters in perfect weather As redicted in yesterday s blog, Black Friday turned out to be a Bonanza for boaters. Riley managed one hickory shad on a Deadly Dick, but there was no sign of stripers among the many anglers at that popular area, There was a better report from Betty Nick s Tackle in Seaside Park as a 20 1 4-pound striper was weighed after hitting bunker at Island Beach State Park.
Posted on November 26, 2020 Check on Thanksgiving trips before coming down Many party boats have scheduled early Thanksgiving striper trips, but be sure to check with skippers before coming down as some are canceling due to the weather. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had decent striper fishing today, with plenty of slots and some keepers plus big blues but they have canceled the Thanksgiving sailing.
Posted on November 24, 2020 Sea Hunter Best striper drift of year As good as the northern NJ striper jigging has been. The boat was limited with bonus bass quickly, and 16 of 28 inches or more were added as everyone went home with two keepers.
Since it s also possible to fish in partially protected areas, some boats may also get back into action tomorrow. There were no boat reports today, but the Ocean Explorer from Belmar had an unusual blackfish report from Sunday when the tog bite actually improved as it got rougher by late morning.
Posted on November 22, 2020 Boaters paid the price to catch stripers today The east wind came up quickly today, and Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he buried the bow of his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands for the first time and then that happened twice more!It was a big change from Friday s best striper trip of the year in calm waters and yesterday s fine action in parking lot conditions between the channels.
At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported incredible bird action and fish on top, but boat traffic was outrageous and only a few bass and blues were boated. Mike Monte caught a couple of school bass on a Tsunami Sand Eel and missed others early at Belmar despite low water conditions.
Posted on November 20, 2020 Mixed results on stripers in SW wind The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that the weatherman was right about today being sunny and warm but the southwest wind blew a lot harder than expected. They did get a few slots and a couple of bigger bass up to 36 inches.