The surprisingly strong east wind made it tough on both boat and shore fishermen Saturday, but it's supposed to be lighter on Sunday in time for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park. The east wind also prevented a repeat of a showing of small blues in the Bay Head surf, but I managed to tempt a 19-inch striper in Point Pleasant Canal on a Tsunami Shad.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar picked away at blues all morning, but then got into big bass attacking schools of bunkers in the afternoon as a 40-pound bass was boated and others lost. Joe Melillo weighed in a 20 1 8-pound striped bass at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that was baited at night in the local surf by Terry Martuscelli of Brick, while Mike Commune from Brick did even better with a 25-pounder.
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will be meeting in Avalon tomorrow afternoon to select an option for the 2017 fluke season. Striper trolling was a lot better just before the storm, as the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant made two trips Friday that produced limits from a total of 48 big bass up to a 49-pounder.
8-pound striper also hit bunker in the surf yesterday. With the local surf still being off-color before the NW wind got strong enough, I fished a 4-inch Tsunami Shad in Point Pleasant Canal to release school stripers of 19 and 25 inches this morning.
Trollers did very well with the ocean bass Wednesday morning, and Capt. Erwin Heinrich decided to head down the beach into a southeast wind that afternoon with his Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands as I joined him along with an all-star crew of Jim Hutchinson Jr. and John DeBona from The Fisherman magazine plus Jerry Gomber of Folsom -- who came equipped with the latest in Tsunami rods and reels. Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a decent catch of bass up to a 34-incher and blues on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands in the bay Wednesday morning, but it was slower Thursday.
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