After loading up with bunkers at 5 Sunday morning, Gene Graman of Middletown had to make a decision whether to go for the possibility of hooking a volume of smaller bass plus blues in the bay or heading own the beach to seek quality with his That's It from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands. Capt. Dave De Gennaro said he got called into a trolling bite on Sunday by Capt. Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea, and ended up with stripers of 34, 38, and 40 pounds on Tony Maja 4 white bunker spoons off Island Beach State Park on his Hi-Flier from Barnegat for Jeff Boyer, Fred Baker and Bryan Jacobson.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc has been chunking bunkers on readings in the bay, or working around bunker schools where stripers and blues are often spotted feeding with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. BAY HEAD TO BARNEGAT INLET Several big striped bass have been caught to the south with the snag drop technique around bunker schools, but it's not consistent for boaters and kayakers.
Capt. Sal Cursi was surprised to see the water temperature dropping as he ran down the beach this morning with Jim Curcio's Shenanigans from Morgan Marina in search of a big striper.There was no sign of bait or fish, but he did catch a small blue on a Brandy's Minnow.
Melillo nailed a13 9 16-pound striper on a swimming plug in the Point Pleasant surf, and Mike Commune of Brick plugged a 13-pounder there. Gerald CeCe of Point Pleasant plugged his 17-pound bass at Bay Head, where Terry Martuscelli of Brick fished a chunk to beach a 17-pound bass.
It took some time to get my 78th birthday bass this year, but Graman stuck it out. The birthday boy was still shut out on bass until we moved back out to deep waters and Graman's Shimano spinning rig filled with 20-pound mono doubled over in the stern.
Hugh Mura didn't see any birds or bait in the Sea Bright surf, but fishing bunker from 6 30 a. m. to noon produced blues of 23, 30 and 33 inches. Mimi IV from Point Pleasant will be sailing open for sea bass, ling and flounder on Tuesday and Wednesday plus a Magic Hours trip on Thursday.
Fishing off the Shore for the big migrating stripers hasn t been very consistent lately, but there was nothing to complain about last Thursday when I joined Chuck Many of Annandale on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands along with Pa. anglers Nellie Greer of Bethlehem and Greg Prestosh of Hellertown as we went down the beach to release 19 bass on long drifts with live bunkers. Clarke mated Tuesday for Capt. Rich Kotszyu on Michelle Ann out of Shark River as they ranged from Long Branch to Island Beach in order to catch eight bass up to 44 pounds in the morning on live bunkers and seven in the afternoon.
However, Capt. Stan Zagleski thought the forecast was overblown , and sailed with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. Zagleski had to run almost all the way back to where the current was right and ended up with another good catch of large fluke.
Capt. Pete Clarke will be running his new Ocean Master 31 for striped bass as well as in shark tournaments and for tuna out of Total Marine in Belmar. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports his son, Joe, caught a 33-pound bass on a bunker off the Red Church Tuesday.