Bogan ran to the south today with his Gambler from Point Pleasant, but didn't find any bird action or bait in that direction. Sunday's attempt for stripers will be to the north, and if not successful he'll drop on wrecks for blackfish.
Though inshore prospects are unknown after the northeaster, there shouldn't be any change on the far offshore wrecks being fished by the Jamaica from Brielle before the sea bass season closes after Dec. 31. The water temperature out there was still 56 degrees last Saturday when Mark Bogdanoff of Roseland had a sea bass limit up to 7 pounds plus 15 porgies and two bluefish.
Awards included angler's choice of a boat or surf Custom CTS rod, Costa Sunglasses, Canyon Reels high speed jigging reels, an overnight stay at Fairfield Inn in Milleville, gallons of Interlux Bottomkote, subscriptions to The Fisherman Magazine, RFA memberships and Beach N Boat T-shirts. Huge strides were made with over 8,000 anglers, 60 weigh stations and two new mini tournaments The Wildwoods Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge and the DO-AC Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge.
Betty Nick's in Seaside Park reported that some small stripers were caught at the far southern end of Island Beach State Park on Sunday on big bucktails. Capt. Russ Binns fished several wrecks off the park on Saturday with his Mar-Lin from Toms River, but found all were loaded with nothing but dogfish.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy's Tackle reported good Saturday action with short bass on small plugs plus a few on metal and bucktails. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has stopped striper trips, but will sail some offshore wreck trips for jumbo sea bass.
They said the Berkeley Surf Club was holding its catch-and-release contest that was producing lots of shorts in the Island Beach State Park wash. Mark Roy tried to get out Friday with his Release Me from Raritan Marina, but the northeast wind even had Raritan Bay rolling and he finished out his season by trolling for awhile.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported good news about striper jigging yesterday as he got into lots of life with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, and many bass were jigged before everything went dead about 11 30. The Jamaica II reported a sluggish trip last Friday with only ling on deep wrecks, but Saturday's 24-hour trip was excellent with big sea bass and porgies plus a few cod and pollock.