There were some significant changes in fisheries on Mother's Day as surf fishing came to life and both stripers and blues began hitting in the ocean.Last year I made my first surf attempt in May, and caught a 28 inch bass on one of my first few casts.
The fog wasn't as dense this morning in Raritan Bay, and it turned out to be a beautiful day.Capt. Stan Zagleski had the opposite report from his Elaine B. out of Highlands as he did well on the morning ebb before the bite shut off later.
It s not often that recreational fishermen get any good news from the National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS , but that agency did have some as regulations for bluefin tuna were set this week.Tournament season is springing into high gear.
Following is Friday's column as submitted SL5 9 14Ristori for FridaySCHOOL TUNA ANGLERS GET A BREAK FROM NMFSby Al RistoriIt's not often that recreational fishermen get any good news from the National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS , but that agency did have some as regulations for bluefin tuna were set this week.As of yesterday, boaters registered in the Angling category can now take advantage of the over and under bag limits previously only granted to the Charter Headboat category.The Spring Hi Mar Striper Club Striped Bass Tournament will be contested from 5 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday out of Bahrs in Highlands.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc said clamming from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands was back in shape after several poor days when wind was a problem.He used both the large white and chartreuse Tony Maja bunker spoons, and couldn't tell which color was better.
Even with the wind and current together, the drift was too fast in the bay as the tide started ebbing, so Many anchored on some marks and chunked. The Golden Eagle from Belmar Marina had good readings in the ocean again, and did manage a few bass despite wind against current conditions.
Capt. John Kolias had no action early on the Knoll, but moved slightly to the west to catch seven bass between clamming and trolling Stretch plugs for John Toth and the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County party on his Reel Fun from Twin Lights. Steve Remotti and his father plus friends sailed their boat out of Morgan Marina to troll a14 pound bass on a Stretch 25 near Round Shoal while also releasing a fat 28 1 2 inch female to spawn.