Posted on November 11, 2020 Berger makes a fine fly rod striper release Capt. Gene Berger was a pioneering fly rod charter skipper fishing out of Brielle when I moved my center console from Montauk to Point Pleasant. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported a good day of striper fishing on his Sea Hunter plus the first big blues in a long time.
Dave Lilly has been struggling to catch one or two bass on bunker spoons despite all the bass he sees and records, but this morning he went further back in the bay and released seven that were in the upper teens to the lower twenties in weight. Allen Riley fished the Sandy Hook surf from 5-8 Friday morning under perfect conditions with no sign of fish or bait.
Posted on November 3, 2020 A better forecast for tomorrow Though yesterday s gale was supposed to drop down after midnight, it was still blowing fairly hard early in the morning and was enough to discourage boat fishermen as there were no reports. That should change tomorrow as the forecast is for southwest at 5-10 knots until it increases to 10-15 with gusts to 20 knots in the afternoon.
5-inch Tsunami Deep Shad while fishing with Capt. Erwin Heinrich (right) on his Scales N Tales out of Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, Though the gale warning for west winds up to 40 knots is in effect through Tuesday morning, that wind is expected to diminish to 5-10 knots after midnight. Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno got into some 28-30-inch bass yesterday on an Ocean County beach, and Maren caught two more this morning despite the wind.
Posted on November 1, 2020 JCAA Blackfish Tournament Coming up While striped bass are the featured species so far, blackfish will get lots of attention this month and the JCAA is running a tournament for them as noted in the release below JCAA is pleased to present its 1st Annual BLACKFISH TOURNAMENT Tournament Dates November 16th 22nd, 2020 You choose the dates to fish but you may only fish TWO days!Weigh-ins Entrants must weigh in their fish at Bahr s Landing Marina in Highlands, Fishermen s Den in Belmar, Captain Bill s Landing in Point Pleasant, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown, Fisherman s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Great Bay Marina in Little Egg Township, Fin-atics in Ocean City, One Stop B T in Atlantic City or Jim s B T in Cape May by no later than 7 PM on their designated fishing days.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc said there were some slot stripers mixed in with the big bass which had been dominating on his Sea Hunter. Capt. Ron Santee Jr, made his first striper trip with the Fishermen and was frustrated at first by bass on the surface that wouldn t hit a variety of lures.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a great day as most stripers ranged from 35 to 45 inches, and many fares caught from three to five, Both jigs and snagged bunkers worked and Capt. Dave Riback noted that only the lazy fishermen who just kept bumping bottom with a jig instead of working it failed to catch. Miss Belmar Princess is looking forward to more great striper action tomorrow when both boats will sail for stripers rather than bluefish.
Our group of anglers who make our livings in the sportfishing world don t like to troll and didn t want to fish bunkers as every year at this time we ve ben able to do our favorite thing with Erwin by casting lures for big bass. Not only is casting the most satisfying way to fish, but it s also perfect for release fishing as the bass aren t harmed at all and can even be quickly sent on their way without taking them out of the water.