Though there were no large splashes, I made a few casts with the 5-ounce Tactical Anglers Sea Pencil and was surprised to hook a bass just short of 28 inches. We had sand eels between the channels then, and Quon with his friends from Brooklyn jigged lots of bass in the teens and twenties when they sailed on Sheri Berri at dawn under a canopy of birds before trollers put the bass down.
It was nice to get back out in the ocean fishing again today and fishing was good for both STRIPERS BLUES. But the good news is there ae a lot of fish around and fishing should be good over the weekend when we are going to have some nice weather.
We passed up some bird life on our way out only because the deck was icy and we would have done some rolling and I didn't want to get anyone hurt. I left that and started looking, finally found some really good looking life with plenty of fish but it was one of those days that they didn't want to bite.
Gary Quon, of Tady Lure Co. in California, is in N. J. to test his jigs on our stripers, so Capt. Hans Kaspersetz and I made a special effort to get him out this afternoon in between gale warnings on Sheri Berri from Baker's Marina on the Bay in Highlands. We found lots of bird action off the Highlands Bridge, but had already heard from Capt. Rob Semkewyc on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands that there were only fussy short stripers under them.