Reef Rescue and the N. J. Outdoor Alliance are forming a car pool to Baltimore on Monday in order to demonstrate to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council the importance of our artificial reefs in federal waters. By far the best bet for bottom fishing has been the jumbo sea bass and porgy action on the far offshore wrecks.
Jerry Lasko of Point Pleasant had been doing well with small stripers in the surf before daylight. The Jamaica from Brielle had another big catch of jumbo sea bass and porgies plus a few bluefish on Sunday's offshore wreck trip.
It appears there were very few waterproof anglers around this morning, but Miss Belmar Princess got into a good early bite of stripers and blues that resulted in 30 fish aboard by lunch time. Jerry Lasko of Point Pleasant released a few 18-to-20-inch stripers on the black Mambo Minnow in the dark this morning at Bay Head.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a big bass of 34 inches and plenty of bluefish. The Jamaica from Brielle had another good offshore wreck trip on Friday as everyone loaded up on jumbo sea bass and porgies.
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.