It took a few days after the NE storm, but the fall striped bass migration has started off the Jersey Shore — for boaters at least.

Capt. Chris Di Stefano was especially happy yesterday when he broke the ice on Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club with a 51-inch bass of almost 48 pounds that hit a mo-jo. They found the bass on open bottom in 40 to 50 feet off Asbury Park. Crisdel ended up with seven bass from about 22 pounds up, though most were over 30 pounds. After biting best on mo-jos, the bass switched  to bunker spoons — though most hooked on the spoons pulled off. There were no schools of bunkers showing or birds working, but they saw gannets for the first time this fall — though they weren’t diving except well beyond the three mile limit.

The Golden Eagle from Bolden Eagle from Belmar didn’t go offshore for blues due to rough seas, but switched to stripers which didn’t cooperate at first. However, on their last drift they caught several large bass over 20 pounds — including two over 40 pounds. They’ll be trying again at 7:30 a.m.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc found on good patch of diving birds  in the morning with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands and managed one keeper bass plus 15 shorts. He made a move at 11:30 and hit it right as the boat limited. The pool bass was 22 pounds.

Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a rough trip trying to continue catching porgies  which left with the storm. His fares into some sea bass and blackfish. He will seek stripers daily starting Thursday.

The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant found “tons of bait”, but had no luck with stripers today. Encouraged by the Golden Eagle report, they will be sailing tomorrow.

The good news for boaters wasn’t the case for most surfcasters though Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park had some good bass reports from there to the park.

I gave the Manasquan surf a try in the morning, and did nothing even though conditions were good. A move to Point Pleasant Canal produced a 21 1/2-inch striper on a Z Man Swimmereez jig on my last cast.  Vinny D’Anton checked much of the northern Shore without getting a hit or seeing any bait.





































to the rough seas in a west wind, but






































the migratory run of striped bass off the Jersey Shore has begun — for boaters/

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