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  • 2020-11-26 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-24 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-23 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-22 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-21 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-20 Ristori Bay Head

    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.
  • 2020-11-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Jerry Lasko said he got into a mini-blitz on an Ocean County beach yesterday morning as stripers were working on bunkers larger than peanuts and smaller than adults. Nick Honachefsky went back to the beach in the evening to release 33 from 24-29 inches on a black Bomber and was into them again this morning.
  • 2020-11-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on November 18, 2020 Ocean stripers didn t mind the wind The Golden Eagle from Belmar managed to get out today despite the cold wind forecast, and they had hot action with stripers right away before ending up with a boat limit plus many releases and some bluefish, The Sea Hunter didn t sail from Atlantic Highlands today, but will be ready to go tomorrow. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a boat limit of stripers and many releases on their Tuesday Striper Marathon.
  • 2020-11-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on November 17, 2020 Another good striper day for boaters The ocean was calm and the stripers cooperated for boaters but the tough pick continued on the surf. Vinny D Anton finally got a small striper from the surf when he tried Brick Beach, but that was it for his morning.
  • 2020-11-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on November 16, 2020 Switch to west winds should knock down seas Though the gale warning continues into the morning, the switch to west winds should knock down big seas and make fishing possible on the opening day of the blackfish season as the limit goes up to five at a 15-inch minimum. West winds will be 20-25 knots with gusts to 30.

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