Though a few big stripers were trolled in weekend tournaments, those bass were few and far between, Capt. Russ Binns said he had what may have been his worst ever inshore trip as he trolled Mar-Lin out of Toms River from Island Beach to Shrewsbury Rocks from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. without ever getting a hit -- and never saw anyone else catch a fish. Sea bass fishing has been very good on the wrecks and reefs in the 120 ft. depth range.
(Friday) Today we ran our open boat Sea Bass trip and the fishing was excellent. (sat) This A. M we ran another Sea Bass trip and the fishing was super again,the first drop we had a good blast of nice fish coming up and then the shorts took over.
Since the ASMFC has voted N. J. out of compliance with their Summer Flounder Management Plan, it's now up to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as to whether we'll be able to complete the season with three fluke at 18 inches. I joined Bob Correll of Bay Head and Joe Farrell on Joe Reap's Reaper II from Manasquan as we never saw a bunker on the surface all morning and had no hits trolling.