Fred Golofaro, editor of The Fisherman magazine;s Long Island edition, told me today that there’s great striper fishing on the sand beaches from Fire Island to Montauk right now as the big bass are staying close to shore to feast on very large sand eels.  With the strong east winds forecast for the weekend, that should start moving the bait and bass to the NY/NJ Bight.

We certainly need that action with birds working over schools of feeding fish, as it’s been a tough pick so far along the Jersey Shore. There has been some action in the N.Y. Harbor area on live eels. Capt. John Contello had a limit catch of large bass Tuesday on Just Sayin’ from Keyport, but those could be Hudson River stock Maren's bonitoresponding to the lowering water temperatures. Small bonito like the one caught by Maren Toleno at Seaside Park have kept anglers interested at Seaside Park as they await stripers/

Surfcasting for stripers has been tough in the calm waters created by days of west winds. Allen Riley was an exception on Monday morning at Sandy Hook as he released 10 bass from 19 to 24 inches on a Mann’s Super Stretch 1-Minus plus a black teaser. The surf was loaded with bait that morning, but this morning Riley only got one light smack in the wash from a small bass.

Even Point Pleasant Canal was off this morning. I didn’t get a hit and didn’t see anything caught. A local pro has been catching steadily there on live eels, including 10 keepers, but he didn’t get a touch last night or this morning.

The Big Jamaica from Brielle has room on a canyon tuna trip leaving at 7 Thursday morning. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into little tunny not too far from the inlet this morning, and everyone caught plenty on jigs.

Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands has been getting limits of sea bass, but the tog regulars wanted another catch-and-release blackfish trip which will be run at the daily 7 a.m. departure on Friday — when there’s a calm forecast before the easterly storm starts later that night.

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