Now, Capt. Dave Riback of the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant says they're all over 10 pounds, mostly in the mid-teens, plus some in the 20-pound class -- and there's lots of them. He found enough keepers on the N. J. side before going over to N. Y. where lots of bonus bass were released -- though he ended up being able to keep some some of them upon returning to N. J. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reported a good start to winter flounder fishing at both ends of the canal on both worms and clams.
Heinrich soon decided to leave the traffic and smaller fish to the west in order to take his chances with finding bigger bass that we could cast lures to -- and a call from Fisher Price IV put us on readings near the mouth of the bay. Chuck Many of Annandale had a great day of striper fishing Wednesday with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as he and Alex Katyan got into schoolies on shads off Great Kills at dawn before going up to the Hudson and East rivers for non-stop action with bigger bass up to a 32-pounder -- ending up with over 100 releases during a long day.
Raritan Bay turned on today with birds and bait all over, and bass of all sizes. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had it's best fishing of the season for jumbo blues with all you wanted on both bait and Run-Off Hammer jigs.
In addition to the bottom fishing for sea bass a Surfcasters got back into business today, though waters were still stained after the weekend storm. Yet, he still caught two short stripers up to 24 inches on a Tsunami Sand Eel plus a small fluke -- and saw another angler release a 30-inch bass on a bucktail.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports the long-awaited re-opening of the sea bass season finally arrived for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association and none were disappointed. Captain Bob Gerkens had the Hot Tuna on a 50 hour, 450 mile fishing trip between Beach Haven and Morehead City, NC as Captain Bob took the boat to its winter home.
The NW wind never blew very much, but It's supposed to be stronger on Thursday -- which should help knock the swell down and clear the waters. Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall didn't get a striper report, but one friend had a good little tunny bite in Sandy Hook Channel.