The west wind finally came up as predicted and seemed to shut off the bite. They didn't find anything big, but added bass that combined with Saturday's carch to finish fourth in the Hi-Mar Striper Tournament.
Joe Mellilo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant weighed two bass caught in the middle of the night. Joe Spinelli of Jackson had a 25 1 2-pounder on an SP Minnow, and John Longo of Brick beached a 16-pound bass.
Many is fishing the Hi-Mar Striper Club Striper Tournament this weekend, and this was an exploratory trip hampered by the need to hide from the gusty NW wind. Bob Correll of Bay Head cast into his local surf this morning, and didn't catch anything -- but was encouraged when an angler caught a bass around 28 inches on a black swimmer.
SL10-24-14The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will be making its decision on changes to striped bass regulations in Addendum IV when the Striped Bass Management Board meets Wednesday from 10 15 a. m. to 12 15 p. m. at the Mystic Hilton on 20 Coogan St. in Mystic, Connecticut. Capt. Bobby Bogan picked a few yellowfin tuna in the 60-to-70-pound class during Monday night's Hudson Canyon trip with his Gambler from Point Pleasant.
Bogan finished up with a good catch of dolphin in the morning. Leif Pettersen reports that Ben Green of Wayside got into some short stripers late Monday night at Sandy Hook, releasing six from 19 to 25 inches on a white bucktail.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a high hook on Monday of 12 blues up to 15 pounds. The surf was perfect for casting, and mild temperatures prevailed but Leif Pettersen didn't have a hit while fly fishing at Deal.
Allen caught a small blue before dawn on a Mann's Super Stretch 1-Minus, and added a few more plus a 29-inch striper later on a Tsunami Slimwave metal. I tried the Sea Girt surf in good conditions, but nothing went on there.
Capt. Howard Bogan reported it was very slow Friday night on his Jamaica from Brielle, with only a swordfish lost, until tuna turned on at 4 a. m. Bogan cancelled the Saturday night trip due to the strong NW wind, but has room on upcoming trips.
The sea bass season reopened today with a 15-bass bag limit, but there were no reports. Big bluefish were still hitting Friday night for the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but there were no reports from the Shore bluefish fleet today.
There was no agreement among the ASMFC Striped Bass Advisers from all along the coast during Wednesday's meeting in Baltimore. Since there are more recreational advisers than commercials, we never take a vote -- but rather have the chairman present the consensus from both groups to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board which will be meeting at the end of this month in Mystic, Ct.