It s only a start, as Shark River regular Bill Hoblitzell was fishing this morning in Point Pleasant Canal. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter reported good fishing for short stripers plus keepers up to 11 a. m.
As noted in last night s blog, Jim Louro and I had a few minutes of action with small blues at the start of the incoming in Manasquan River that afternoon from his Vicki Lynn out of Manasquan but didn t find any sign of them upriver. Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reports some blues of assorted sizes being caught on both bait and poppers in Barnegat Bay, but it s just a start.
Jim Louro of Spring Lake called me to make a short mid-day trip in Manasquan River on his new Vicki Lynn from Manasquan, and we had a quick shot of casting action during the start of the incoming as I caught a small striper that engulfed a Tsunami shad before a 24-incher hit that lure almost at the surface. Capt. Vinny Vetere has been doing well with large stripers in the bay plus Hudson River with his Katfish Charters from Great Kills.
Posted on April 29, 2019 Raritan Bay stripers bit better on Sunday Due to all the weekend boat traffic, striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay is almost always a better bet on Mondays. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said large bass were slamming shad lures Sunday, and his fares had bass up to 30 and 33.
Virginia anglers are taking the first big hit resulting from the new striped bass assessment showing that the stock is overfished and that overfishing is occurring. Blog follower J. R. Aloise noted that Saturday s west gale resulted in a tough day in Raritan Bay, but we did well with bass between 25 and 30 pounds.
Jim Louro of Spring Lake moved his boat back from Raritan Bay to Manasquan yesterday, but didn t find any bass or blues in the river there. Captain Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea Sportfishing has had some anglers out fishing in the lower reaches of Barnegat Bay and reports the striped bass population there is abundant and a blast on light spinning tackle.
(see photo below) Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he was encouraged today as bass bit on every stop though almost all were shorts. The Fishermen from that port had good readings Wednesday, but a wind against current condition all day that resulted in only a couple of keepers and shorts plus a few bass lost.
He s been marking bass, but they won t hit while at the same time he sees trollers hooking up. Scott Keadbetter of Haddon Heights found that to be the case yesterday when he ran his Aquasport out of Atlantic Highlands at 10 a. m. and hooked bass to 20 pounds steadily while trolling at Chapel Hill.
Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reported small bass in the back bays along with a couple of keepers released. Live bait can make a big difference in Raritan Bay as Capt. Joe Massa of My Three Sons from Morgan Marina found yesterday morning as he put Drew and Don Desmitt of Garfield into nine bass up to 30 pounds in the back of the bay.