Raritan Bay turned on today with birds and bait all over, and bass of all sizes. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had it's best fishing of the season for jumbo blues with all you wanted on both bait and Run-Off Hammer jigs.
In addition to the bottom fishing for sea bass a Surfcasters got back into business today, though waters were still stained after the weekend storm. Yet, he still caught two short stripers up to 24 inches on a Tsunami Sand Eel plus a small fluke -- and saw another angler release a 30-inch bass on a bucktail.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports the long-awaited re-opening of the sea bass season finally arrived for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association and none were disappointed. Captain Bob Gerkens had the Hot Tuna on a 50 hour, 450 mile fishing trip between Beach Haven and Morehead City, NC as Captain Bob took the boat to its winter home.
The NW wind never blew very much, but It's supposed to be stronger on Thursday -- which should help knock the swell down and clear the waters. Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall didn't get a striper report, but one friend had a good little tunny bite in Sandy Hook Channel.
Capt. Chris De Stefano of Wall reported that Frank Criscola ended up trolling to the south in 50 feet on Monday afternoon with his Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club to boat their only bass of the day -- a 41-pounder. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar, noted the sea bass catches made by bottom boats during Sunday's opener, as well as some large stripers trolled and small ones in the surf
Lasko managed to land a little tunny. There wasn't such good surf news from Vinnie D'Anton of Wall along with his friends, including Mike Monte from Nantucket, fishing baches north of Shark River as they were shut out.