Huge bluefish in spring close to home provided much needed action to start the season as the striped bass fishing certainly was off. We did have a few days that were awesome but overall I wouldn't call it a banner year for striped bass.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported most fares were able to limit on bass by jigging Krocs, swim shads and Run-Off Hammer jigs. Miss Belmar Princess reported over 60 stripers board, including a boat limit of slots - while some fares added five to six big blues.
That didn't begin to compare with Ty Man's three-man release total of 109 stripers and seven blues the previous Wednesday from Sandy Hook to Long Branch, but we had nothing to complain about after making the long run south as there was once again a complete lack of birds, bait and stripers all the way back. With the peanut bunkers holding bass and blues to the south, Capt. Ron Santee decided to wrap up the season with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands unless that bait and stripers move within his range.
That blog follows Jumbo sea bass fishing on far offshore wrecks is hitting a peak. Capt. Howard Bogan reported many sea bass limits on Friday's trip of the Jamaica from Brielle along with plenty of big porgies and some blues and cod.
The boat ended up with one keeper bass, a short, and 12 to 15 blues. Here is a pic of the lone striper The Golden Eagle from Belmar went south and made long drifts over good readings that produced few bites as they had a pick of more bass than blues.
Lilly said the water temperature was only 48 degrees --a big change from the 53 degrees recorded Wednesday down the beach on Ty Man, after it was only 43 degrees in Sandy Hook Bay. Joe Blaze of Brielle walked into a mass of stripers on a huge school of peanut bunkers Thanksgiving afternoon at Sea Girt and caught lots of them on his fly rod while putting a friend into his first stripers with a spinning rod and a plug.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported very good striper action on Wednesday as his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands limited on slots and released others while coming up just two short of a boat limit of keepers. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had almost a boat limit of of slot bass on Wednesday, and mostly 24-to-32-inch stripers on Thanksgiving.