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.
Capt. Bud McArthur didn't find any stripers to the north on Monday with his Splinter from Brick, so he went south today. Blues provided some action on bait and lures in the surf, and the top snag drop striper from the boats and kayaks today was a 43-inch, 36.
Capt. Joe Massa ran his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina to West Bank this morning and chunked through loads of big blues for two bass before moving to Coney Island to bucktail fluke of 19 and 23 inches plus a sea robin. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported good quantities of bluefish in the surf, especially on mullet baits, while kayak and boat fishermen caught big bass on snag drop bunkers just out of casting range.
Just what effect seismic testing will have along the Jersey Shore is in question, but it seems that almost everyone except the Obama Administration is opposed to taking a chance on any negative consequences resulting from it during a study that hardly appears to be of high priority. The Recreational Fishing Alliance notes that only President Obama and his Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, can postpone this study -- and they've been deaf to the bipartisan requests to do so.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a great Friday trip with his Sea Hunter after a slow start as stripers and blues were boated, while six black drum in the 40-to-80-pound class were released. Capt. Dave De Gennaro trolled a 38-pound striper during the southeast wind on Tuesday on a white Tony Maja bunker spoon, and a 33-pounder was taken on a bunker from his Hi-Flier out of Barnegat off Island Beach State Park on Thursday as a finback whale observed the fight.
The Cock Robin from Point Pleasant made it's first trip of the season today, but encountered mostly smallish blues -- though a 15-pounder took the pool. Several bass blew up on our bunkers and knocked them out of the water -- but wouldn't eat them.