After yesterday’s hot bite, and no major change in weather, I expected today to be red hot for every striper fisherman, but that wasn’t the case. Vinnie Vetere of Katfish at Great Kills had no complaints as he limited early with big bass on live bunkers before switching to trolling his Ho-Jo rigs for release action. They were greeted at the dock by N.Y. D.E.C. officers who had earlier seized an over limit striper catch that was donated to a church.
Yet, it was a different story for the party boat fleet that did so well yesterday on swirling bass with shad lures. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter at Atlantic Highlands reported a crowd of good striper anglers aboard for a repeat, but the shads didn’t do the job today. The boat ended up with just one keeper and one short even though trollers nearby were catching bass. The Golden Eagle from Belmar also reported a poor day in beautiful weather. Hopefully, the bass will go on the feed again Thursday.
Tank Matraxia and his Lyndhurst crew picked the right day as they were out Tuesday with Capt. Fletcher Chayes on Two Rivers Charters from Highlands. Tank said they kept their limit of four smaller stripers before he applied ALS tags to nine more larger spawners, including three from 30 to 37 1/2 inches fork length — as the ALS measures.
Kevin Kuriawa of Brick also was out for fine Tuesday striper action with Capt. Frank Maseria on Vitamin Sea from Brown’s in Keyport. Joe Kennedy and his son Devin plus Joe Prillo and his son James were in on the action as James on his first boat ride also caught his first fish. Instead of starting with stunted sunfish on a bamboo pole as I did, James began his lifetime of fishing with a striped bass.
Scott Leadbeater of Haddon Heights used his outboard from Atlantic Highlands Tuesday afternoon to troll two 30-inch stripers in Raritan Reach.
Julian’s Tackle in that town weighed a 48.9-pound striper caught Tuesday by Aaron Ciccia on George Conway’s Placid C’s skippered by Capt. Ken Gallup.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported almost everyone caught at least short bass in the surf on Tuesday — mostly on clams. There were also assorted size blues. A couple of keeper bass and four blues were weighed and two large bass were released. Nino Spiga had blues of 7.65 and 7.45 pounds this morning on an SP Minnow. Betty & Nick’s had a similar report, and added that there are “loads of black drum”.