Yesterday the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had good bass readings but few bites. Today was nice on the ocean, but small craft warnings went up today at 11 a. m. and extend through late Monday night.
When casting shads didn t work, they anchored up and caught a couple of keepers plus some shorts. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported good life on bottom with short blackfish and some keepers plus a few cod and ling.
Posted on April 12, 2019 Raritan Bay best bet for stripers The ocean stripers didn t show again today, but Raritan Bay continues to produce. Though the stripers didn t show again, the Big Mohawk and Ocean Explorer had a decent bottom bite of short and keeper blackfish.
Posted on April 11, 2019 Ocean stripers won t hit Party boats reported seeing birds and bait while also reading fish, but couldn t get a hit from ocean stripers. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a similar report of bottom life with some keepers plus a shot of ling and cod.
Posted on April 10, 2019 Fog kills ocean striper bite Today s cold fog made it difficult to find stripers in the ocean, and both the Big Mohawk and Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported not being able to find any stripers. Dave Lilly of Hazlet didn t let the fog keep him from trolling stripers in the upper teens in the bay while fishing this morning with Rick Martel out of Sea Bright.
Miss Belmar Princess got word of the unexpected striper arrival yesterday and made a late crew trip that quickly produced limits. Capt. Vinnie Vetere got off to a fine start Thursday with his Katfish from Great Kills as he trolled 19 stripers, all over 28 inches, on his Ho Jos in the back of Raritan Bay from 9-11 a. m. My cell phone went down a few days ago and wouldn t take a charge.
Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park provided the first surf striper report as a regular caught a short on a plug at IBSP where bunkers were spotted outside of casting range. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina that blackfishing got off to a good start for boats, and the first tog were caught in Shark River Inlet.
Posted on April 4, 2019 Big Mohawk finds ocean stripers The Big Mohawk sailed from Belmar this morning for blackfish, but ended up with a catch of stripers in the 10-to-15-pound class presumably in the ocean. The Saturday forecast is west at 5-10 knots but with rain in the morning.
Posted on April 3, 2019 Legal bass moving into Raritan Bay Chuck Many had to cancel Monday morning s trip with his Ty Man from Highlands , but Mike Greene joined him for an evening trip that produced 25 bass on artificials which were over half keepers. I m having a problem with Word Press, and will add reports tomorrow.