Capt. Dave Riback had a legal bass today on the Queen Mary as Jim Stieves boated a 30-incher while releasing 10 shorts. The Jamaica from Brielle had good fishing for jumbo sea bass plus porgies on offshore wrecks over the weekend.
The Tackle Box in Hazlet weighed a huge 17 1 2-pound blackfish boated by Bob Fecso of Freehold on a whitelegger at Sandy Hook Reef from Ryan Burlew's Thelma Sea II. The Jamaica II from Brielle reported a sluggish Friday with only some ling on deep wrecks, but an excellent Saturday with big sea bass and porgies plus a few cod and pollock.
Capt. Rob Semkewcyz was also into that action with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. Mark Roy ran his Release Me from Raritan Marina off Sandy Hook and had constant action trolling umbrella rigs as 58 shorts were released.
Striped bass seemed to almost completely disappear after Monday's southerly storm, but there was at least a bit of good news from one Thanksgiving morning party boat trip. Unlike the last two falls, there's been no concentration of big bass feeding on sand eels off Fire Island and Shinnecock, and New England anglers suffered through their worst striper fishing in years.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands has posted a 6 30 to noon trip. The Jamaica had a very good offshore wreck trip on Sunday, as there were sea bass limits for all plus porgies and some cod and pollock.
The ocean was still very rough when I cast into the Mantoloking surf at dusk, and there was no sign of bass where I'd had some action the previous evening. It was calm back there in the evening, but there was no sign of bait or bass.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had good action with short bass. Joe Melillo reports from Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant that Gerald CeCe released seven short bass from dark to first light this morning at Mantoloking.
Capt. Russ Binns tried jigging and casting in a big fleet off Seaside, but didn't do anything except hook a few small stripers before switching to trolling shad rigs. I cast both morning and evening in the Point Pleasant surf without a hit Capt. Rob Semkewyc did a lot of running with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but the bird life that had been abundant was down.