Posted on May 5, 2019 Capt. Tommy Joseph retires Capt. Tommy Joseph, one of the Shore s finest bottom fishing skippers, appears to have beaten lung cancer, but the operation took too much out of him and he s decided to end his chartering career. I first met Tommy many years ago on a trip aboard the Skipper from Belmar when Capt. Dom Vitolo told me to fish next to that customer as he was the best blackfisherman aboard.
Posted on May 4, 2019 Plenty left at my garage sale for Sunday There was a good turnout this morning at my fishing tackle garage sale, and it was great to meet many blog followers. That angler also got good news from a passing boater who said he had a hot bite of big blues off the Mantoloking Bridge.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has an open striped bass trip for 100 on Sunday which is restricted to 15 fares. Capt. Stan Zagleski is sailing for striped bass out of Bahrs in Highlands with his Elaine B II until the fluke and sea bass seasons open.
It s only a start, as Shark River regular Bill Hoblitzell was fishing this morning in Point Pleasant Canal. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter reported good fishing for short stripers plus keepers up to 11 a. m.
As noted in last night s blog, Jim Louro and I had a few minutes of action with small blues at the start of the incoming in Manasquan River that afternoon from his Vicki Lynn out of Manasquan but didn t find any sign of them upriver. Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reports some blues of assorted sizes being caught on both bait and poppers in Barnegat Bay, but it s just a start.
Jim Louro of Spring Lake called me to make a short mid-day trip in Manasquan River on his new Vicki Lynn from Manasquan, and we had a quick shot of casting action during the start of the incoming as I caught a small striper that engulfed a Tsunami shad before a 24-incher hit that lure almost at the surface. Capt. Vinny Vetere has been doing well with large stripers in the bay plus Hudson River with his Katfish Charters from Great Kills.
Posted on April 29, 2019 Raritan Bay stripers bit better on Sunday Due to all the weekend boat traffic, striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay is almost always a better bet on Mondays. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said large bass were slamming shad lures Sunday, and his fares had bass up to 30 and 33.
Virginia anglers are taking the first big hit resulting from the new striped bass assessment showing that the stock is overfished and that overfishing is occurring. Blog follower J. R. Aloise noted that Saturday s west gale resulted in a tough day in Raritan Bay, but we did well with bass between 25 and 30 pounds.
Jim Louro of Spring Lake moved his boat back from Raritan Bay to Manasquan yesterday, but didn t find any bass or blues in the river there. Captain Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea Sportfishing has had some anglers out fishing in the lower reaches of Barnegat Bay and reports the striped bass population there is abundant and a blast on light spinning tackle.