Capt. Vinnie Vetere put his Team Rocco in position to win the annual Striper Cup competition covering the coast by catching a 62.05-pound trophy striper from his Katfish out of Great Kills. That trophy was presented on Saturday at the Striperfest Awards on Cape Cod.
Phillip O’Connor added a 58.7 boat entry and Ray Soyka a 52-pounder, while Anthony Pandolfi boated a 50.37-pounder and Jennifer Zuppe a 47.37 from shore as the latter two earned extra points to edge out the Not On Call Team that had four boat-caught fifties.
Capt. Vinnie Vetere with mount of his 62.05-pound striper and his Ho-Jo lure trolled from Katfish Charters.
Vetere above with the bass when boated.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had very good dolphin action on Monday’s canyon trip, but there were only a couple of missed tuna bites. They were scheduled to fish for blues today, but there was no report as of the time this was written. Miss Belmar Princess reported that Monday’s bluefish bite to the east produced limits of 3-to-6-pound choppers along with some bonito and little tunny.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported good Monday jigging for blues up to 9 pounds. They sail at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and Friday — and there’s one spot left on the midnight Thursday tuna trip.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands reports non-stop porgy action along with bluefish, blowfish and sea bass (which have to be released). The first couple of weakfish were caught Monday.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported blackfish bit well on Monday when porgy fishing was spotty.
Vinny D’Anton couldn’t raise school stripers to his Chug Bug in Shark River this morning, but got three small bass on the Storm Searchbait while Frank Manzi added another. Vinnie then caught a small bass in the Belmar surf. I found very shallow waters at Manasquan this morning, and couldn’t raise a thing. Another angler said he’d released two fluke that hit an SP Minnow.
Joe Melillo reports from Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that the canal has been producing some stripers and blues on Swing Shads and blackfish. on green crabs. Joe Spinelli of Jackson weighed in an 18 1/2-pound striper, but with no details. Bob Longo had an 11 1/4-pound bass on a Bomber at Bay Head.