As noted in last night's blog, Tuesday will be the last trip of the season for the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands. They left plenty of stripers before Christmas, so the jigging should be productive after they sail at 7 30 a. m. The blackfish boats should also be taking advantage of a good forecast before very cold temperatures move in.
Capt. Stan Zagleski wasn't expecting much when he sailed his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands for stripers this morning, but he got into shorts and slots right away before looking for bass over 28 inches -- and limiting on them. Sea conditions were totally different than the prior day, choppy waves to 3 feet , windy, but we still found fish between the channels.
After red hot striper jigging on every trip this week, Capt. Rob Semkewyc finally had to settle for a more normal pick today on his Sea Hunter from, Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Stan Zagleski reported a decent pick of tog during Thursday's trip with his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands.
The official release follows ASMFC Approves Black Sea Bass Draft Addendum XXX for Public Comment ASMFC and MAFMC Initiate Bluefish Amendment Annapolis, MD - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) met jointly to establish recreational specifications for black sea bass, scup, and summer flounder consider approval of Black Sea Bass Draft Addendum XXX for 2018 recreational management discuss the initiation of a new Bluefish Amendment and jointly take action on several items related to all four species (detailed below). The addendum framework will consider implementing a conservation equivalency management program for black sea bass similar to that used with summer flounder by allowing state or regional measures to be implemented in both state and federal waters allow for a summer flounder, scup and black sea bass transit provision in federal waters around Block Island similar to the provision allowed for striped bass and consider the possible implementation of slot limits in federal waters for summer flounder and black sea bass.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands took a day off from this week's great striper jigging due to the strong NW wind forecast, but will be sailing on Thursday. The last couple of mornings I had a brief shot of small stripers at dawn in the Spring Lake surf, but was surprised to not even get a hit there this morning despite ideal conditions-- mild with a light NW wind.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a good crowd and and they all limited on keeper bass even though the slot fish were hard to come by among all the 10-to-16-pounders. Unfortunately, the Sea Hunter will not sail Wednesday due to a forecast of strong northwest winds.
The Gambler from Point Pleasant didn't get out today for stripers, but will be shaping up until Friday and Saturday when they'll be on offshore sea bass wreck trips. They have room on those sea bass trips.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc sent the following report about great striper jigging today on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. Thanks for checking in, Capt. Rob Mike Kuzio and his son from steam fitters 420 Mike is on the right he had a hot hand today The Gambler from Point Pleasant reported some shorts and slots plus a few keeper bass.
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.