Party boat fishermen got a treat today in Raritan Bay as stripers were up chasing bait in the mouth of the bay, and continued to bite for quite a while even with lots of boat traffic. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported a good shot of bass in the 20-pound class and a 29.5-pound pool winner on his Sea Hunter before that action slowed and only a few were caught on bait at anchor. Capt. Ron Santee said his father, Capt. Ron Sr, and a few others caught two bass on the Fishermen before the fish turned off and bait was unproductive. Steve Toth had a 24-pound pool winner, and there were also bass of 18 and 19 pounds boated.
Chuck Many started out chunking in the Hudson River with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands. That fishing was poor, so he ran back into the bay to find the large area of stripers that occasionally came up, but didn’t stay there long. Though Many started with two live wells full of bunkers, Rob Rommel, Dave Glassberg and I got lots of blowups that didn’t turn into hooked bass. The key to success was changing live baits frequently — — so we ended up running back to castnet a fresh supply. That worked out well as we did better in the afternoon when few others were catching. With Rob having the hottest hand, Ty Man ended up with 29 released bass up to 25 pounds.
Trollers were also doing well with those stripers. Capt. Vinny Vetere said it was a red letter day trolling his Ho-Jo’s from Katfish Charters as his customers caught bass up to 30 pounds before they switched over to live bunkers for another 15 bass.
Allen Riley of South Plainfield said the forecast of windy NE weather was off, and he actually had great surf conditions at Sandy Hook. Unfortunately, there was no action on lures or bait.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported a keeper bass weighed in Monday on clam and two more on Tuesday along with a 5-pound blue from the surf.
Betty & Nick’s Tackle reported Alex Krai of Barnegat weighed in a 29-inch striper and two black drum to 14 pounds on clams. A 22-pound striper was caught Monday night in the Seaside Park surf on an SP Minnow by Marek B. of Brick.