The Golden Eagle only noted that it ran north from Belmar for lots of big blues on jigs plus stripers up to a 25-pounder. At Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, Gene Graman of Middletown reported poor eeling this afternoon from his That's It as only one 27-inch bass was released in Sandy Hook Channel even though bait was pouring out to sea.
The Jamaica is also leaving earlier for stripers this Monday to Thursday at 6 a. m. -- and has added an afternoon sailing from 2 to 8 p. m. those days The Shore has produced few stripers the last several days, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc ran east the last two days with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported making a long run to get into some keeper bass plus blues on Saturday, but on Sunday it was mostly shorts and many fewer blues.
Surf reports were also bleak, but there was one positive report from Dave Lilly of Hazlet who got into loads of big bluefish in the middle of Raritan Bay while trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons. Vaughm Kelly beached a 29 3 8-pound striper on an SP Minnow in the park a couple of days ago.
The event begins at 1 p. m. Northwest winds gusting to over 30 mph kept most boats in port today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar continued the search for ocean stripers. The Jamaica from Brielle is sold out Saturday and Sunday.
After only releasing a couple, we started running out to the ocean to a report of a hot jigging bite, but Many made a brief stop under some birds in the mouth of the bay so I could throw a Tactical Anglers 5-ounce Sea Pencil to release a 38-inch striper that blasted it on the surface. Surfcasting has been mostly spotty, but it doesn't have to get any better for Brian Lytle of Keyport as the Tackle Box in Hazlet reports he made the long walk Thursday morning to the rip at Sandy Hook and found bass driving peanut bunkers to the beach.
Capt. Russ Binns of Toms River ran south to bunker schools he'd spotted from shore the day before, but said he heard of very few bass caught in large fleets off Seaside during a pretty day. Other than trolling a bluefish on a Stretch plug, the highlight was snagging a large squid out of a bunker school.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro trolled a striper and a blue at Shrewsbury Rocks from his Hi-Flier out of Manasquan Inlet, and then ran south to Ocean Beach where it was solid big blues on the troll. Though Joe Melillo didn't have any surf reports today at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, he had weighed a 20-pound striper caught in the surf during the storm by Keith Speidel of Point Pleasant, and a 13 1 4-pounder from the surf on Sunday by Roger Bauer of Avon.
Today's northwest gale following Saturday's northeaster should be good in the long run, as it will settle the rough ocean, but it wasn't very fishable today. When I stopped by the canal earlier, when the tide was running, it looked like the ocean with a short steep swell that would have been tough to navigate for small boats.
I had to cast a large Tactical Anglers Sea Pencil toward the beach in order to raise jumbo blues to 17 pounds and a striper while Chuck and Art surprisingly couldn't get a hit casting soft plastic jigs toward the beach. Vinny D'Anton was on the beach at Monmouth Beach where he caught stripers of 16 and 26 pounds on poppers along with big blues.