Though N. Y. waters are closed for stripers, blackfish boats spotted birds working today off the Highlands Bridge and at Shrewsbury Rocks. The Capt. Vinny Vetere ended up with a big catch of stripers on Friday before the N. Y. closure.
There's some good news on the federal front as reported by Keep America Fishing On April 6, 2017, the Modern Fish Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Garret Graves (R-La. )Rather than continuing to manage recreational fishing in the same way as commercial fishing - much like the proverbial square peg and the round hole - the new bill is a comprehensive package designed to provide federal managers with the tools and data they need to effectively manage America's 11 million saltwater anglers.
com shore blogs fishing), Capt. Vinnie Vetere had lots of action with large bass while trolling his custom Mo-Jos in the Hudson River last weekend from Katfish Charters out of Great Kills. The Big Jamaica made the long run from Brielle to Block Island last Saturday evening to get into hot fishing for jumbo sea bass plus porgies and some cod on Sunday.
At Brielle the Big Jamaica had a successful Block Island trip for jumbo sea bass and will be running more on Saturday evenings to fish on Sunday. There will also be a Saturday offshore wreck trip for sea bass.
After all the west winds we've had, the surf was still rough today -- but small stripers continued to bite in the breaking waves. The northwest wind is predicted to howl on Wednesday, and should finally knock the swell down -- but temperatures will also be much lower.
Blackfishing is still good on wrecks in the 80-100 ft. range and sea bass are still biting well on the 20 Fathom line and out to the Rockpile just inside the Wilmington Canyon. Vinny D'Anton of Wall fished the Sea Girt surf on the high tide for a brief bite of small stripers, and saw another angler catch a 24-incher -- which is big at this stage of the game.
Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported Saturday produced the best volume surf fishing of the year at Island Beach State Park though the stripers were all small. I then added one of the small bass on the jig before leaving.
After having good striper jigging yesterday under windy conditions, Capt. Rob Semkewyc was looking forward to a big catch today on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands in good weather. After running around all day, the catch consisted of one short striper, a herring, a sea robin, and a couple of dogfish.
CAA Action Alert from Paul Haertel The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will have a joint meeting in Annapolis, Maryland from December 11 th to December 14 th to discuss a number of fisheries issues, especially fluke on December 12th and sea bass on December 13. In addition to having a presence at the meeting the JCAA will send detailed comments on fluke and sea bass to the above web link.