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.
Atlantic Highlands blackfishing December 19 19 December 2017 Capt. Tom Made our 3 4 day trip for blackfish again today. We are 3 4 day fishing everyday for blackfish leaving at 7 30 am and returning between 2 30 and 3 pm (weather permitting).
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.
Anchoring conditions were tough and we had to reset of few times but it was a nice day on the water and everyone had fish. Tomorrow they are calling for some wind so we are going to wait and go Thursday which is going to be a nice day so now is the time to come.
Usually I'm looking for bigger fish but the pat few days after the second drift I am looking for the smaller ones but today I couldn't find a nice school of them like I did yesterday. There were a few guys who kept count and they were between 12 and19 and high hook was in the low 20s These are all big fish, so thats a great day.
Atlantic Highlands blackfishing December 18 18 December 2017 Capt. Tom Made our 3 4 day trip for blackfish again today. The bite was not as good as the past few days but we caught some blackfish on all of them.