Though waters are still very warm and only resident stripers are in the cards now, the mullet run seems to be attracting at least a few bass larger than the usual 18-to-24-inchers. I hadn’t heard of any keepers in the Monmouth County surf, and was therefore shocked around dawn when the first hit I had at Spring Lake turned out to be a fat bass that just made the 28-inch legal size. Even more surprisingly, though I was casting a Chug Bug popper the bass was hooked on a Castaways Tackle teaser. I don’t usually use teasers with poppers since the teaser s out of the water most of the time. However, I had that rig on so I could change to a sub-surface lure when the teaser could prove effective/. Though there wasn’t much water on the beach early in the morning, I also released another bass of about 26 inches, lost another and had  three other hits. Furthermore, I saw another angler release a good-sized striper that he said was 34 inches. Jim Louro of Spring Lake also released a couple of schoolies.

Vinny D’Anton tried Shark River first, and was surprised by s 26-inch striper plus a smaller one and a small blue on his Chug Bug. The Seaside Park tackle shops continue to report lots of small blues in the surf, particularly on mullet baits.

Bluefish haven’t been common in the surf further north, but Bob Correll of Bay Head caught two small blues on a popper this morning at his local beach,

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported slower bluefishing today after a very good jigging bite Saturday.  The blues ran up to a 7-pounder, and there were a few little tunny and porgies jigged as well. They’re on an offshore tuna trip Monday, but will sail again for blues at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported good porgy fishing along with a few triggerfish.



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